ReachOut IT June 2019

June 2019

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Don’t Be a Happy Flipper

You’ve Got to Let Things Sit and Cook

Everyone likes to grill during the summer, including me. With the sun out and clear blue skies, it's the perfect season to plan a cookout with family and friends. I’ve been grilling since I was a kid, and my dad was the one to teach me to grill — or I should say, the one who taught me how not to grill. Most people have personal preferences in how they like their meat grilled, but if you head over to a five-star restaurant, they’ll recommend that the best way to serve it is medium rare. Whether it's beef, salmon, or poultry, medium rare is always the best way to prepare meat. But I didn’t realize that as a child because I was watching my dad cook. Whenever Dad would grill, he’d flip the piece of meat 27 times. He’d plop the steak down on the cooking grate then flip it over, look at one side, flip it again, check it, and repeat the process until the steak was beyond well done.

It wasn’t until I met a few chefs and a man named Wyant that I learned how to prepare a steak properly. I was the oldest of my siblings, and Wyant was like the big brother I never had. My family grew up really poor, and he was pretty well off and took me under his wing. He’d always take me out and show me useful skills and life lessons that I still carry with me today. Wyant first got me into technology and even helped me build my first computer when I was around 10. One day, when we were out grilling, Wyant saw that I was cooking very much like my dad, and he told me “You only flip it once, Rick.” It was from him that I learned flipping a steak 27 times won’t give me a five- star restaurant quality steak — you have to let it sit for a few minutes before flipping it, only once, then letting it cook some more on the other side. Since then, I’ve become an excellent griller, and my steaks are some of the best around. business. In order to cook the best piece of meat, or start a new project, idea, or goal, you have to give it time to make the most impact. You can’t make that impact overnight, just like you can’t cook a delicious steak by rushing it and flipping it over and over. I’ve found that the lessons I learned from grilling pertain to life and

used to use this old charcoal grill. And sure, they provide great flavor, but if the grill is the cheapest of the cheap, you’re not going to get a mouthwatering, quality steak. The only way to get outstanding and constant results is to put in your money to get a quality grill. In the 17 years that I’ve been married, I’ve gone through around four grills, all ranging from $500–$1,000. Just recently, I remodeled my backyard, which included getting a $3,000 natural gas grill. The difference in the quality of the cooking is incredible. Aside from giving your goals time to cook, you’ve got to put your time and money into finding quality equipment. The better tools you have, the better the outcome will be. Take it from a grill master: Don’t be a happy flipper; let things simmer for a while until they’re ready, and I guarantee you’ll be amazed at the results.

You can’t make that impact overnight, just like you can’t cook a delicious steak by rushing it and flipping it over and over.

Additionally, you can’t cook a good steak without a proper grill. My dad

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