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beach basics: grilling

Are you headed to the beach this year? After our latest trip with a big group to Ft. Morgan, Alabama, I decided it might be fun to post a few things that will make any beach trip more enjoyable. You can see more of these posts here.

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We always grill at the beach – it’s the perfect combination of easily prepped food & getting to stay outside every single minute that we can. Plus, it’s a great reason to have a lovely cold drink in your hand. Plus, at our house, it means Bryan is doing the cooking instead of me.

Needless to say, I was a little surprised to find out that not everybody does it that way. Like, when I found out the day before we left for our trip that our house didn’t have a grill. Oopsie!

No worries, though – they are cheap to rent, so we got that taken care of and it was waiting for us under our cute little beach house when we pulled up. We’ve never stayed in a house before, always a condo, and I really enjoyed this place. I’ve always thought beach houses on stilts are adorable; ours was charming, right off the beach, with a great concrete parking area underneath. The kids hung up their Eno hammocks from the support beams, and we grilled out there too.

Petit Jean Grillers at the beach in Fr. Morgan, Alabama. (19) Did you notice? The house is called Risky Business. Fairly apt name for the Jones household…

Petit Jean Grillers at the beach in Fr. Morgan, Alabama. (20) I’m no expert, but I do have one handy grilling tip: several years ago, Bryan started grilling everything for several meals all at once early in the week – usually the second night we are there – and then we only have to pull things out and warm them up during the rest of the week. Makes for easy, yummy dinners.

Petit Jean Grillers at the beach in Fr. Morgan, Alabama. (4)We were really excited this year because Petit Jean Meats sent us some Grillers to try! These cooked up so beautifully that we couldn’t wait to eat them.

Petit Jean Grillers at the beach in Fr. Morgan, Alabama. (21)

I thought it would be fun to do hot dogs a little differently than when we are at home, so I pulled up Alison’s Fancy Hot Dog Party post to get some ideas.

Petit Jean Grillers at the beach in Fr. Morgan, Alabama. (7) We ended up with chili, cheddar cheese, dill pickles, red onion, guacamole, and good old mustard and ketchup.

Petit Jean Grillers at the beach in Fr. Morgan, Alabama. (8) Everybody really liked to be able to put exactly what they want – which was nice. There were 9 of us staying in our house: Bryan and I, our 3 kids, 2 of their friends (yes, that’s 5 teenagers) and my parents. I wanted everyone to enjoy what they were eating, but I didn’t want to completely stress out about it either. This was a definite win.

Petit Jean Grillers at the beach in Fr. Morgan, Alabama. (22) Most everybody tried their grillers more than one way…

Petit Jean Grillers at the beach in Fr. Morgan, Alabama. (12) My personal favorite was topped with guacamole and red onion. I swear I didn’t know a hot dog could taste that good. I’ll be doing that again for sure.

Petit Jean Grillers at the beach in Fr. Morgan, Alabama. (23)   You should too. And maybe invite us over. We’ll be sure to track in some sand.

Petit Jean Grillers at the beach in Fr. Morgan, Alabama. (15)

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