Counter Intelligence

Girls at the Grill

Posted in District of Columbia by melissamccart on May 19, 2009

Memorial Day weekend officially kicks off grill season, as illuminated by this Wednesday’s Washington Post Food Section and this morning’s twitter by Rick Bayless, who starts a media tour with a show on grilling confidence today.

Inspired by my friend Kelly, I bought myself a little grill a couple weeks ago and set up shop in the garden beside my building.  Despite that I’m ecstatic about having one, there is something mildly strange about it: I’ve crossed into guy territory.

My crew-team/women’s college self is horrified. But I feel more comfortable baking bread or making my own charcuterie than standing at the grill, regardless of how simple it is. It’s like I’ve wandered into the guys’ locker room or stumbled upon a secret stash of porn. 

Elizabeth Karmel, aka Girls at the Grill shucks convention in her cookbook. I’d like to be inspired, but I still can’t shake it. Maybe it’s that ladybug or you go girl vibe on her site. (I’m sure she could teach me a thing or two, especially about North Carolina barbecue.)

Why is grilling such a masculine terrain? And what to do to get over it?


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  1. Valerie said, on May 19, 2009 at 11:11 am

    I have NO idea why grilling is considered masculine terrain and I’ve never let that idea hinder me for a moment. But I also own power tools, mow my own lawn, and write software for a living, so I guess I’m no stranger to “masculine terrain”.

    I grilled for the first time this weekend — you can check out my beer can chicken here. I also use an Elizabeth Karmel cookbook.

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