Even though the weather is utterly terrible today once again, we had a brief flash of spring this weekend and Alex and I took the chance to have our first bbq of the year. Well, the first OUTSIDE bbq. We’re grilling and bbqueing the whole year round with the gas grill on our balcony, but there’s something special in going out to the countryside, building a fire and grill and eat your food out there.
I’m not sure if I mentioned this before, but my family has a little patch of land in the wonderful palatinate area, around 30 minutes away from where I live. The whole palatinate area is heaven for nature lovers and food enthusiasts. The countryside is absolutely stunning, you have vinyards with delicious wine all over the whole area and of course lots of restaurants, one better than the next. We take advantage of that many many times during the year, but as the weather gets warmer, we like to visit my parents garden (which is a pretty wild and rough bit of land, without any comfort, but with a lots of family memories) and just fire up the grill. So that’s exactly what we did this weekend. It was still a bit chilly, but a sweater, the fire and some good food kept us warm.
The star of this weekend’s bbq was of course the BEAUTIFUL iberico meat, you see at the top of this post. With nearly 20€/kilo it is in the price range of argentinian steaks and might seem overpriced for a piece of pork, but trust me, it is worth every penny. Those spanish pigs just taste amazing. Usually they are raised out on the fields and are being fed partly or exclusively on acorns. The meat is dark, tender and beautifully marbeled with fat and the fat itself is full of taste and melts in your mouth. It doesn’t get better than that.