Where I’m Eating: The Indoor BBQ

[ 0 ] July 18, 2013 |

DSC_0119Despite the fact that it is summertime, this week’s temperatures call for air-conditioned indoor activities.  The summertime invokes memories of cookouts filled with a few of my favorite things but I cannot bring myself to go outdoors and stand over anybody’s grill.  This is where Ripken Burgers came in handy.  Named after the baseball Hall of Famer, Cal Ripken Jr., the burgers boast a “gourmet” title with Roseda Black Angus Beef.  Upon first look they are the reminder of your typical frozen burger, but after a sizzle to my indoor grill pan, they become cousins with your homemade patties.

DSC_0125The burgers provide the juicy, tender feel that is expected from your everyday grilled patty.   The flavor, however, leaves you thinking you should have sprinkled a little Season All on before letting the patties hit the grill.  The only benefit from the bland flavor of the burger is this allows you to have fun with your palate.  Perhaps you want a Moroccan twist with turmeric seasoning or another flavor that would not mesh well if the burgers had additional flavor.  The Ripken gourmet burger provides the clean chalk board that you have when you make your own patties at home.

Added homemade guacamole & potato salad to the indoor BBQ.

Added homemade guacamole & potato salad to the indoor BBQ.

Though I love the taste of a handmade homemade burger, Ripken provided me with the consistency I was looking for from the grill without all of the messy hand work.  Indoor BBQ, anyone?

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Johnna French is a Harlem NY native with deep roots in Panama, Washington, DC and North Carolina. All four places have heavily influenced her life and the foods she loves today. After graduating Howard University School of Law and beginning her life as a young professional in the city she was led to start Johnna Knows Good Food in November 2007 to keep family, friends and colleagues updated on where to go and what to eat while dining in the nation’s capitol. French, who still practices law, leads a team of three writers to cover the ever expanding Washington, DC food scene. French has been featured in print and television, appearing in Washingtonian Magazine and is a regular contributor to various local TV affiliates including WUSA 9, FOX 5 DC and WJLA (ABC Affiliate) News Channel 8. During the 2016-2017 football season, Johnna aired on Comcast Sports Mid-Atlantic (CSN) show, Redskins Life, as the weekly tailgate host. Johnna is currently a regular contributor to the FOX Baltimore Weekend morning show.

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