This might just be the most useful piece of advice we’ve ever heard (well, read) from Pat LaFrieda, Jr. While the majority of people don’t have high-end refrigerators to age our millions of dollars’ worth of steak, nor the means to butcher and barbecue an entire cow, we do have a very simple, fundamental ability: we can decide what not to serve at a party. (That, dear friends, is the definition of freedom. AMERICA!)
In a wonderfully cantankerous father-son interview with The Observer, LaFrieda and his dad talk about their life of beefbeefbeef, all day, every day — which, of course, can make barbecues potentially annoying. “In my house, we’re talking a minimum of 25 people, and frankly, there’s no bigger group of ball-busters than my family,” LaFrieda Jr. explains. Naturally, the rules of feeding a group of hungry Italian-Americans applies for all people:
“As for the food, I stopped making antipasto for these guys a long time ago because everyone gets to my house hungry, and if I start giving them tidbits and cheese plates and other things first, they never eat the things I’ve spent most of the day preparing, so I starve them out to make sure they eat what I want them to eat.”
Also, don’t be an idiot and close the top of the grill as soon as the meat hits it. “Putting cold meat onto a cold grill and closing the top, because then you’re just steaming the meat and it all turns grey,” Jr. warns. There’s all sorts of useful advice here, and if you’re a Real Man, you should take notes. Real Women should tune in, too. We’re not into that gender-normalizing business around these parts.
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