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John Cave Osborne is a writer whose work has appeared on such sites as Babble, TLC, YahooShine, and the Huffington Post. He was also referenced by Jezebel one time, but he’s pretty sure they were making fun of him. While he’s name dropping, it’s only fair to point out that Ashton Kutcher tweeted one of John’s YouTube videos, but it may have only been because Ashton felt sorry for him. After all, John went from carefree bachelor to father of four in just 13 months thanks to marrying a single mom, then quickly conceived triplets. Since then, he and his wife have added one more to the mix, a little boy they named Grand Finale. They all live chaotically in Knoxville, TN with Briggs the dog.

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Summer Love: Boy Meets Grill

By John Cave Osborne |

I WILL grill.

There are countless things to love about summer. Particularly when you have three four-year-olds who are really starting to come into their own. Though they’ve been in the water for a while now (with life jackets, of course), they’re officially taking swimming lessons and are all three doing great. In fact, it won’t be long before they lose the life jackets altogether.

And, just yesterday, we took the training wheels off of their bikes which means that for the first time ever, the trio pedaled with nothing to hold them up aside from their balance (and their running father, too, I suppose).

But this summer will be about more than just milestones. We also have a ton of fun trips planned. We just got back from a family camping trip over Memorial Day weekend and we’ve got two different beach trips that are already on the books. Add in swim meets, trips to the lake, the fourth of July and lazy days at the pool and I think you get the point. There’s a lot to love about summer.

But there is one summertime love that gives all the other ones a run for its money. And that’s my love for the grill. Truth be known, I grill out all year — even when you consider the relatively-grill-less winter months, Caroline and I still average two cookouts per week. But that’s because we stack the deck during the summer cooking out as often as four nights a week.

And this summer is no exception. As long as I have some lump-wood coal and my cast iron grate, I, quite literally, will cook anything anytime anywhere. Period.

OH. And I’ll also take pictures of whatever it is I’m cooking it, wherever and whenever that happens to be. So I can, you know, dork out and text the pics to my buddies. Hence the following collection of iPhone photos. No. These pics aren’t on Instagram. So many people use Instagram that straight pics are the new artsy. Embrace it.

And embrace these:

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What to make on the grill this summer

Be Thankful

Remember when I said I cook out all year long? Case in point, this 18-pound bird smoked to perfection this past Thanksgiving.
Make a roasted turkey

Hey, you know what I just realized? I don’t have any pictures of ribs in that slideshow. In fact, now that I think about it, I’ve not smoked ribs in a while. You know what that means, don’t you?

Papa’s rockin’ ribs this weekend. Y’all come over if you want some. We’ll be down by the pool.

What do you like to grill during the summer?

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How I Met Your (Single) Mother. And By Met I Mean Married.
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15 Things Every Stepparent Should Know

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John Cave Osborne is a writer whose work has appeared on such sites as Babble, TLC, YahooShine, and the Huffington Post. John went from carefree bachelor to father of four in just 13 months after marrying a single mom, then quickly conceived triplets. Since then, they have added one more to the mix, a little boy they named Grand Finale. Read bio and latest posts → Read John's latest posts →

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2 thoughts on “Summer Love: Boy Meets Grill

  1. Kristin says:

    If you love grilling (which you clearly do), you’ve got to try these:

    http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/bloody-mary-flank-steak-recipe/index.html

    Paired with this:

    http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/grilled-romaine-with-blue-cheese-bacon-vinaigrette-recipe/index.html

    I know. “Grilled lettuce….That’s so dumb!” Except it isn’t…at ALL. I wasn’t a flank steak person until my sister-in-law made the above recipe when we were visiting. And now we’ve done those Bloody Mary Flank Steaks for pretty darned close to everyone we know. Add some mashed potatoes, or whatever kind of potatoes you like. Pure bliss!

  2. Danielle says:

    Mmmm, I’m hungry now. I had the distinct pleasure of having home-made smoked ribs at my neighbor’s house last weekend…the ribs had been rubbed, and then smoked for 10 HOURS…they were juicy and tender to the bone, not a tough spot on that meat. I have also had the pleasure of having pot roast that was slow cooked for 10 hours, and also the most succulent meat I’ve ever had. I would totally stop by for dinner sometime if it didn’t involve a 6 hour plane ride. :)

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