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Summer Time Eatin'

Updated on April 13, 2013

Sometimes there’s nary’ a word spoke between us after we say, amen and when I’m finally able to pull myself away from the table.

We both like our meat cooked done (not raw) so I grill until the steaks or ribs are complete, cooked to perfection

My wife and I enjoy summer time eating, not that we don’t enjoy eating during the other seasons; it’s just that during the summer the fresh vegetables & fruits are readily available and we take advantage. We generally grill-out Saturday afternoons anticipating this meal all during the previous week, having rib-eye steaks one weekend and usually Hollywood ribs the next.

You’ll notice than I change my speech at this point, attempting to speak in the local vernacular somehow just adds ‘flavor’ (pun intended) to what I’m a trying to say.

While I’m getting the grill all setup, cleaned and the lava rocks all heated up for some serious cookin’, my wife is busy with the preparation of the selected vegetables for that week which may be potatoes (baked or steak fries), corn on the cob, a fresh garden salad or cucumbers & onion in vinegar. Sometimes we may even have olives and/or pickled beets to compliment our meal.

hollywood ribs & ribeye steaks


Now after I get the meat on the grill, Deb always checks to see the progress we’re makin’ so she will know when to do her thing in the kitchen you know; when to start the potatoes or the corn on the cob, she says, but I think it’s to see if I’m holden’ off on the eatin’ until after we have the blessin’.

Finally, the time has come. Deb has the table set so pretty with the vegetables steamn’, the plates with the eatin’ utensils on the right sides an all… all we’s a’needn’ is the meat succulent and tender. I gently remove it from the grill and bring it inside. The time we’ve waited for since last Saturday is now at hand. I reach for her dear hand and we bow closing our eyes and thankin’ the good Lord for His bounty, that he’s blesssed us with this day…

It’s hard to try and mimic the hillbilly talk and ways, but I believe you get the pictue. As ole Jerry Clower would say, "This is serious business…" and we do really enjoy summer time eatin.


Now don’t try to call between 4 & 6 PM or you’ll just get a message and we’ll have to call you back sometime after we get to feeln’ like it. All our family & friends know the importance of the hour, and we don’t hold back.

Sometimes there’s nary’ a word spoke between us after we say, amen and when I’m finally able to pull myself away from the table. My wife Debra always finishes first and usually has the table cleaned off before I’m able to comply.

We take this time serious-


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    • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Tennessee

      thanks Brett for you nice comments. You must be in the military; I have a brother and a son-in-law that were in Korea. I was in Guam with the USAF and TDY to Thailand during Viet Nam. You come on back as soon as you can and come to my home and I'll share with you some of my fixins'...

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      Brett Caulton 

      7 years ago from Asia

      Nice Hub, my mouth was a watering! I miss summer time BBQs with friends. I'm in Korea at the moment and it is just not the same ... will just have to eat and drink double next year ;-)

    • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Tennessee

      thanks 50 Caliber for your friendship, your visit and your nice comments...

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      50 Caliber 

      8 years ago from Arizona

      Samsons1, ain't no nothin' better than seared flesh right of the grates. It's mostly just me, God and the hounds out here in nowhere, but I don't let that slow me down none. I cook with home grown mesquite wood, low and slow, Elk, Deer, Rabbit, Squirrel, chickens, fish and the occasional Rattle Snake and Javalina hog, just none of that store bought stuff. Glad to meet 'ya and look forward to some reading, 50

    • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Tennessee

      thanks billyaustindillion & dreamreachout for your visits and your kind comments...

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      8 years ago

      You are having a foodie's tongue rollicking!! Maybe I will join you on a warm summer Saturday .. Lol!! Cheers!!

    • billyaustindillon profile image


      8 years ago

      You can't beat a good grill. In summer we try and grill as much as we can outside - great for the family, relaxing and cleaning up :)

    • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Tennessee

      thanks Lgali, for your nice comments...

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      8 years ago

      very nice hub thanks

    • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Tennessee

      thanks Money Glitch, for your friendship and your kind remarks...

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      Money Glitch 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Hhmmmmn, now I am hungry for some BBQ from Tennessee. :) Had to laugh when you said, "not a word spoken after amen," we used to tell our mom that when everyone is quiet at the table that is a sign that it is a great meal. :) Rated up!


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