This post is sponsored by Kingsford but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
Many associate grilling out with summer; however, I’ve always disagreed – I love to charcoal grill in the fall! I love being out on the deck or the patio with crisp, fall temperatures, oversized sweaters, and mouthwatering, grilled food.
My favorite part about charcoal grilling – and food, in general – is the fact that it brings together the people that I love most. To welcome autumn, I did just that. What better way to usher in a season than with my best friends?
When designing the menu, I knew I wanted it to be: 1) simple, 2) hearty, and 3) cooked over charcoal.
For me, charcoal is key when grilling because the smoky, wood-fired flavor of the food – along with the tenderness if cooking meat – is in a league of its own. If I’m out to impress, charcoal is undoubtedly the choice. Apart from that, I find charcoal to be very economical and it allows for greater control in the cooking process.
Cooking with charcoal is also, to be frank, an experience in and of itself. To grill is to socialize; and grilling with charcoal is more interactive and more fun than using a gas grill, slow cooker, or an instant pot. As the charcoal warmed with my friends on a breezy Sunday afternoon, glasses of tea were poured, laughs were had, and memories were made. For that, I am grateful.
When cooking with my girls, I know one thing will always be on the menu: steak. However, charcoal grilling is fantastic for side dishes, as well! We chose to grill some corn on the cob – and it was perfectly charred (I won’t confess how many ears I had!). There was no prep, minus shucking the ears; after shucking, we placed the ears on the charcoal grill and cooked/flipped until the corn had a light, beautiful char.
As for the steak, we chose a few beautiful cuts of sirloin and Shelby made her special marinade. She – luckily for me and for y’all – is allowing me to share her recipe; trust me when I say that it is iconic!
Shelby's Marinated Steaks
Your Choice of Steak
1/4 c. Soy Sauce
1/4 c. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/8 c. Worcestershire Sauce
3 tbsp. Brown Sugar
1 tbsp. Minced Garlic
1/2 tsp. Garlic Powder
1/2 tsp. Onion Powder
1/2 tsp. Thyme
1/8 tsp. Black Pepper
- Combine all marinade ingredients in a bowl; mix well.
- Add the steak to the marinade, ensuring that all pieces are fully covered and immersed.
- Cover with plastic wrap and marinate in the refrigerator for a minimum of 30 minutes, up to a maximum of 90 minutes.
- Remove steaks from the marinade, place on the charcoal grill, and grill to your desired level of doneness.
As I previously mentioned, grilling in the fall is my absolute favorite; apart from that, fall is my favorite because of the Holidays. The grilled corn would be a perfect side dish for your family Thanksgiving gathering; you could also cook some delicious turkey using a charcoal grill and Kingsford Charcoal. In doing so, your menu is sure to be one to remember – be sure to cook plenty, as your guests will want seconds!
Y’all, I want to know: What food will you be charcoal grilling to help you make the most of this season? Tell me below in the comments!
Happy grilling – and happy fall – to all y’all!
As always: Happy Eating, Happy Traveling, Happy Living.
Y’all come back now, ya hear?