This post is Sponsored by Kingsford’s. All opinions are my own.
If you are looking to a great BBQ cookbook with the best BBQ recipes, you need to think baseball snacks. Baseball is said to be America’s pastime. I’m all about that. While some sports and entertainment is breathing down the neck of baseball, I still 100% believe that going to be a MLB game is one of life’s great pleasures. The game lends itself to having an awesome day. The beautiful, classic (even though most are new) ballparks. The overall “chill” feeling of the game.
I think the best part of it is clearly that pretty much all the MLB teams seem to have really focused on making the entire experience the best in sports. One of the most amazing improvements to the game has been in the food and drink categories. Yes, you can still buy some peanuts and Cracker Jacks. I hope that never ends. Same with hot dogs and pretzels. But there’s a new layer to the baseball snacks game that is impossible to deny. It’s a bigger part of life in general as more people seek out more unique and higher quality options in their lives. Things like sushi, steak sandwiches, and craft beer was not even an option not too long ago. But with refined tastes and new ballparks came a food and drink game that is perhaps best-in-class right now.
I think a large portion of us like good, grilled meals. It’s kind of the way we’ve been eating since, you know, fire was invented. There’s just something about meat and veggies (even bread) grilled on an open flame. The smells, the ritual, the taste, the tradition! BBQ recipes could either have been passed down from generation to generation, or created brand-new in a wave of fantastic new foods created with both American and international influences in mind. There’s really just so much you can make on a grill that comes out fantastic. The real challenge is always what exactly are you going to cook, right?? But that’s always a nice problem to have.
One really fantastic BBQ cookbook I’ve come across recently is Kingsford’s Taste of the Game BBQ Cookbook. This is pretty much the perfect mix of BBQ recipes of actual baseball snacks from the ballparks themselves. It’s so cool to see what your team’s recipe is…and what great dishes everyone else is enjoying when they go to the game, too!
Fire and Charcoal
Like I’ve mentioned previously, fire is our most important asset. This simply elemental and primal. The concept and implementation is simple. It all starts with a match, then grows bigger – erupting into giant flames and erratic sparks. From there, give it some time to breath and develop. It will then begin to subside to searing, glowing embers. That red-hued masterpiece is when you get to cooking. Just make sure those flames are tame when the meat hits the grate.
Why does great charcoal, like Kingsford, matter? Well, it’s all about the burn, the heat, and the smoke. Smoke is the scent of charcoal in visual form and an integral part of grilling. It’s the reason why food cooked on the BBQ grill tastes and looks for unique and so wonderful. It’s a huge difference from any other form of cooking and it’s the reason why I and so many other people love grilling. Year round, whatever the weather. Grilled food from the BBQ is inviting, kind of messy but always delicious, fun, easygoing and approachable. It’s the life of every meal and party. It goes back to what we are all about as humans! Plus…that’s white hot glow…
Kingsford, official partners of Major League Baseball, introduced this new BBQ cookbook to celebrate the pairing of America’s two most beloved pasttimes – baseball and barbecue! “Taste of the Game” features 30 unique BBQ recipes, one for each team in Major League Baseball. Each recipe is connected to the city’s famous cuisine, such as Grilled Lobster Rolls in Boston, or Burnt Ends Cheesesteaks in Philadelphia.
Grilled Boston (Red Sox) Lobster Rolls
While I am a NYC fan though and through, I can appreciate the draw of some other clubs. Outside of NY and the Mets and Yankees, I have always loved Boston. Both the city and their teams. Yes, they are a rival, but so what? A man can appreciate winning and tradition, can’t he? The Red Sox and Fenway Park may be my favorite ballpark overall. It’s just an amazing place to be and to watch a game. They also have some pretty good, New England-centric grub.
You might think of Maine when you hear “lobster roll,” but proud Bostonians swear their version of this New England delicacy it tough to top. It’s pretty much fantastic and it’s something that I’ve always truly enjoyed. This recipe is fantastic. NOTE!! Be careful not to overcook that sweet, tender meat, or overwhelm it with salt and spices. Lobster should always be the star of the show. Let the grill do it’s job and let that lobster do his. You won’t be disappointed. If you are ready to rock, read more here!! Better yet, buy Kingsford’s Taste of the Game BBQ Cookbook on Amazon!
Here’s the recipe from the Taste of the Game Cookbook:
- Yields: 4 Servings
- Cook time: 10 minutes
- Prep time: 30 minutes
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and divided
- 2 tablespoons minced fresh herbs; parsley, tarragon, chives
- 1 teaspoon Old Bay or similar spice blend
- 2 teaspoons lemon zest
- 3 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
- kosher salt, to taste
- freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 2 stalks celery, finely chopped
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- pinch of cayenne or a few dashes of your favorite hot sauce
- 4 top-loading hot dog rolls
- 2 lobster tails, approximately 8 oz. each (in this case I used an entire lobster to include the claw and knuckle meat, too)
- Lettuce (my addition)
Prep the grill and the seasoning
- Build a two-zone fire, placing preheated Kingsford® Original Charcoal or Match Light briquets on one half of the bottom grill grate and leaving the other side void. Replace the top grill grate and adjust the bottom vents to bring the grill temperature to approximately 400°F.
- In a small bowl, combine 4 tablespoons butter, half of the herbs, Old Bay or similar seasoning, 1 teaspoon zest and 2 teaspoons lemon juice, and mix well. Set aside while you prepare the mayonnaise and lobster tails.
- In a medium bowl, combine the celery, mayonnaise, remaining lemon juice and zest and herbs and cayenne pepper. Stir well and taste for seasoning. Set aside.
Prep the lobster and get grilling
- With a pair of heavy-duty kitchen shears, cut lengthwise down the center of the lobster tails’ top shell to split the lobster meat in half. You can choose to split them completely or leave the bottom shell intact. Season with salt and pepper.
- Place split lobster tails meat side down on the hot half of the grill. Grill the tails for approximately 2 minutes until the meat is lightly charred.
- Flip tails over and grill for another 4–5 minutes while periodically basting with the seasoned butter. When done, the shell will have a bright red hue and the meat will be white.
- If the lobster meat is still partially translucent, move to the cool side of the grill and cover until fully cooked.
- When done, remove the lobster tails from the grill and let cool. For your safety, please reference the USDA safe cooking temperatures.
Assemble, plate, and enjoy
- Brush the rolls all over with the remaining butter. Place rolls onto the grill, cut side down, for 2 minutes or until golden brown. Turn and brown the other sides.
- Coarsely chop the lobster meat and gently combine in the bowl with the mayonnaise mixture. Add the lettuce (my addition) then fill the toasted rolls with the lobster salad and serve immediately.
It’s a simple dish that packs amazing flavors and textures. The char and smokiness of the grill adds another dimension to this dish. It’s worth the effort. It’s a great meal just about any time of the year.
Find Out More
All recipes can be found on Kingsford’s website by visiting this website and the hard copy of “Taste of the Game” can be purchased on Amazon. Major League Baseball trademarks and copyrights are used with permission of Major League Baseball. Visit MLB.com.