Monday, July 18, 2011

On Our Grills July

Each month, a group of bbq/grill enthusiasts participates in the “On Our Grills Challenge”. The challenge is to make a meal with a list of 4 random ingredients and at least the protein has to be cooked by some form of live fire.

Typically the ingredient list presents a difficult obstacle for us. This month's On Our Grills 4-Ingredient Challenge was mercifully easy:

hot dogs
baked beans
dill pickles

We focused our efforts on the blueberries. I thought about doing odd things with the dogs, beans, and pickles but no matter what I did, it was going to distract from the essence of those items – their simplicity.  So I let those items be what they are. 

Hot dogs
The only thing creative I did here was that I grilled these beef franks direct over the gaps in the plate setter (Big Green Egg divider) while the beans cooked indirect at the same time.

Baked Beans
I did the basic doctored version of canned beans. I added the usual suspects: red bell pepper, green bell pepper, onion, bbq sauce, mustard, brown sugar and BBQ rub. Baked on the grill for 1 hour.

Dill Pickles
I thought about frying them, but nah. They are good enough on their own.  I can't wait to see what the others did because I know those guys came up with something whacky.

Alexis made a version of my mom's camp site cobbler. Biting into the crispy crust and sweet filling reminds me of camping in rustic Cades Cove with my parents several years ago, when I first had this dessert.

Dutch Oven Cobbler
½ stick butter, unsalted, melted
1 c sugar
½ c self rising flour
½ c milk
1 can blueberry pie filling

Start one half chimney of coal (about 30 briquettes). 

Mix together the butter, sugar, flour and milk.

Line the bottom of a #12 cast iron dutch oven with parchment paper. (Not a must but helps) Pour in the blueberry pie filling and spread evenly.

Pour the topping over the pie filling, covering as evenly as you can.

Put about 10 briquettes in a circle below your dutch oven.

And about 20 briquettes on the lid.

Bake for about 45 minutes until the top is golden brown. Rotate the bottom ¼ turn clockwise and the top ¼ turn counterclockwise every 15 minutes for even cooking.

Serve with confectioners sugar on top. 

Guaranteed camp site winner!

The On Our Grills group has grown a bit and I don't have the “bios” or “intros” for all the participants so this month, I will just list the links. Please stop by these other sites and see their spin on this month's 4 ingredient challenge. While I think this month is pretty straightforward, these folks always come up with something interesting!


  1. Looks like you've been havin' yourself some fun. Even though I'm not much of a dessert person, that blueberry stuff looks pretty darn good.

  2. I tried something simular with the fresh blueberries a few weeks ago in an oven not grill and still failed. I will cheat and copy.

  3. You old traditionalist! I will take firsts and seconds on that cobbler

  4. everything looks great - especially the blueberry cobbler!

  5. When the heat wave we have here now heads your way, you really won't want to be outdoors for any reason. Just giving ya a heads up!

  6. Love the whole meal... especially the cobbler.

  7. The cobbler looks fantastic! I am excited to join the 4 ingredient challenge next month. Gave you a quick shout out on The Daily Dish today. Hope you consider entering our grilling contest this week!

  8. That cobbler looks delicious!I love fruit desserts!

  9. I'm thinking I need your recipe/concept for doctoring up those canned beans. Yours look as if they've taken on a life of their own, whereas mine don't tend to differ too much from the way they look when I take them from the can. LOL!

    I was wondering what you two were going to do with the blueberries. I love the campsite cobbler. Looks like a fun recipe to make!

  10. One of my favorite parts of camping when I was growing up, was the desserts my mom/aunts/grandma would make in the dutch ovens over the open camp fire! Makes me wish it was camping weather :)

  11. I thought you had to combine all of the ingredients in one dish so when you said it was "easy" i definitely did a double take. But I'm glad that wasn't the case cause this cobbler...gorgeous.

  12. Nice job! Love what you did with the ingredients.

  13. Yummms! What a delicious meal! Haven't been here for so long - hope you still remember me!!

    Have a Fabulous day!

  14. You had me at cobbler. The only thing I see wrong with it is that I wasn't there to have some. And I love the use of the Dutch oven to cook it in. Great job!

  15. I would have been stumped with the blueberries. Way to go Alexis.

  16. What a fun challenge! When we used to go camping, we had a dutch oven and used to make cobbler (and many other goodies) in it all the time. Those were the days.......


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