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Some folks assert that Memorial Day weekend is the official beginning to grilling season.
While those folks are sitting indoors twiddling their spatulas until May, we'll be out stretching our toes in the freshly mowed grass and perfuming the air with eau de charcoal.
A burger is certainly an excellent, inaugural item to set aflame to, but the world is your (grilled) oyster; beef up your repertoire with Pat LaFrieda's favorite, grill-friendly cuts of meat.
LaFrieda is one of the stars of Food Network's "Meat Men" and the owner of Pat LaFrieda Meat Purveyors, a 90-year-old wholesale butchery that supplies more than 500 restaurants with every cut of meat you can imagine.
Five Picks Of Meat To Purchase for Grilling Season: Pat LaFrieda
On any given weekend when I'm grilling in my backyard, you'll find this particular cut of meat on my grill. I love to marinate mine in a mixture of equal parts brown sugar and balsamic vinegar with one part Worcestershire sauce. It's a marinade that will stick to the meat, won't fall off onto your grill and doesn't need to be put on the meat days ahead of time. You can marinate the steak a few hours before you light your grill. My kids love it, I love it, and I guarantee your grill will too!"
2. Colorado lamb burger
You place a lamb burger on the grill, add some feta cheese, a little yogurt sauce, a toasted bun and you've got a phenomenal burger on your hands."
3. Boneless country-style spare rib steaks
These steaks are taken from the ends of the loins. I prefer the fore-end of the ribs, ribs one through four, as they contain the best flavor. These spare rib steaks will quickly become your grill's best friend."
If you're ordering sausages at your trusted butcher, you want to ask that 20-30% more fennel be added than what you would normally receive at your local supermarket.
For my grill, I love caramelizing peppers and onions first and separate from the meat. Then, I grill the sausage. While the sausage is grilling, toast that Italian bread you bought to go along with it. You've got to give your Italian bread some love too! Once ready, add everything together and you'll see smiles all around."
5. Chuck eye roll steak
t's also a very inexpensive cut of meat that you and your family can enjoy this upcoming grilling season. All you need to prepare is a little salt prior to placing on the grill, and a little pepper once it comes off."
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