physical therapy and rehabilitation June 2020
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THE BEST PART OF SUMMER Better in a Stone Grill Many of my fondest childhood memories involve sharing big meals with my family. As a kid, we always ate well every holiday. That’s something my grandparents always made sure of. Thanksgiving, Easter, and Christmas all came with really good, big meals. This tradition of food also carried into our summers, when we were all about barbecue. Michigan doesn’t have a reputation for barbecue like other places in the country, but if you’ve been to Detroit, you’ll find no shortage of barbecue restaurants. From Texas-style barbecue to places serving up authentic Korean barbecue, it’s clear that people in Michigan love to grill meats. Even Flint has its fair share of barbecue places, usually influenced by some other part of the country. While the state of Michigan might not have its own style of barbecue, I think you’ll find something unique at every backyard barbecue that takes place through the summer. Bratwursts, country-style ribs, and grilled chicken breasts were always sizzling in my grandparents’ backyard. When I was young, my grandparents had a stone barbecue pit where they did all their barbecuing in the summer, with plenty of room for the whole family to hang out. This thing looked like a miniature house, complete with a stone chimney where the smoke could float out while my grandfather was grilling over the charcoal. I don’t know if that stone grill cooked meat better than other grills, but I do think that anything you have at your grandparents’ house is always good. It’s been years since I ate anything cooked on my grandparents’ stone grill. My grandmother passed away many years ago, and my grandfather now lives in a retirement home. We aren’t able to gather at my grandparents’ house anymore, but the family barbecues live on. Today, we meet at my parents’ house to cook up ribs and light fireworks on the Fourth of July. These cookouts are still one of my favorite summertime traditions. Food just tastes better when you eat it outside with the people you love. When I’m in charge, there’s always ribs and hamburgers on the grills. Those are my favorite summer foods. The secret to a great rack of ribs is all in the preparation. Get together a nice rub and make time
“I don’t know if that stone grill cooked meat better than other grills, but I do think that anything you have at your grandparents’ house is always good.”
to slow cook them. You can’t rush ribs and expect them to be good. Now, I’m not huge on sides — a good dish should stand on its own— but I will say that you have to have those King’s Hawaiian sweet rolls with your ribs. Those rolls are a must at every barbecue. After a rocky fewmonths, I’m really looking forward to some family barbecues. I hope you are all able to enjoy your summer, ideally with good company and great food hot off the grill.
-Dr. Jerome Adams
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