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There is still a certain gender stereotype aflame when it comes to manning the grates - the "women cook, men grill" attitude, as recently coined by Forbes.
But, plenty of ladies like Elizabeth Karmel are lighting the way as beer can chicken equal opportunists.
Karmel is the Executive Chef of Hill Country Barbecue Market and Hill Country Chicken, where she bestows her low-and-slow knowledge on brisket, sausage, ribs and all the fixin's.
She is also the creator of Girls at the Grill: a group to encourage women to grab their tongs and grill with the best of 'em.
Five Reasons Girls Should Grill: Elizabeth Karmel
2. It tastes great too
3. Easy clean-up
4. It’s does the body good
Meats, poultry and fish are a given, but the real transformation is with vegetables and fruit. Grilling turns vegetables from something you know you are supposed to eat to something craveable that you can’t stop eating. If you are accustomed to eating steamed asparagus, try it grilled and you will never eat it any other way! Here’s the super-simple recipe below."
5. A cook-out is always a party
Finger-Licking Grilled Asparagus
Contrary to the popular belief that thin is in, when it comes to grilling asparagus, chunky is hunky! The thicker meatier stalks of asparagus hold up better to the heat of the grill. The trick to this recipe is to let the asparagus grill, turning occasionally, until it is dotted with lots of deeply caramelized spots.
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