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Happy 4th everybody!

  • SawDogger

    Member
    July 4, 2022 at 3:48 pm

    Is that your BBQ?

    • BajaGringo

      Organizer
      July 4, 2022 at 4:05 pm

      Yes

      • SawDogger

        Member
        July 4, 2022 at 4:39 pm

        There’s no big grill? Seems like a lot of potential grill space wasted.

        • BajaGringo

          Organizer
          July 4, 2022 at 5:17 pm

          There is a big grill that goes in and rests about 4-5″ above the embers, but that gets placed into action a bit later. The way I BBQ is to start up the fire (I don’t use charcoal) and keep it fed until the inside walls get good and hot as this particular style of BBQ functions a lot like an adobe oven in some ways. While it’s heating up, I take advantage of the fire’s heat to place some wrapped potatoes on the upper shelves along with some appetizers to have ready for serving to the guests when they arrive in about an hour.

          At that point the fire should have mellowed out a bit allowing me to install the big grill where I will transition the baked potatoes as we pull the appetizers off and begin serving. From there I’ll put on a pot of pre-cooked chile beans along with maybe some kabobs on the upper grill to start heating up next to the sausages/chorizo that have been slow cooking for an hour. From there it can go in many directions based on the main BBQ protein but it is definitely a process that really helps me to manage all the different items on the menu and does an excellent job of maintaining heat throughout the afternoon and into the evening.

          The BBQ and our patio bar with a stovetop really are the centerpieces of our outdoor entertaining.

          • SawDogger

            Member
            July 4, 2022 at 6:11 pm

            Nice! Should have figured out that you’d have a grill to go in there. Never seen that exact setup before but I really like it. Was that your idea or your builders?

          • mx-rider

            Member
            July 4, 2022 at 8:02 pm

            Man, what a RAD setup – BBQs at your place must rock! I would imagine that patio has a nice ocean view?

    • BajaGringo

      Organizer
      July 4, 2022 at 8:20 pm

      @SawDogger I designed the entire house and was personally here onsite for nearly every day of its construction, most of the time working along side of the crew, helping to pour concrete ,run plumbing and electrical, lay block, etc.

      @mx-rider The patio does have a very nice view of the Pacific but to be honest, we have so much fun on that patio I don’t recall people spending too much time looking outside.

      Here’s a video summary of our build…

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      • tom-lindsay

        Member
        July 4, 2022 at 8:30 pm

        OMG, all I can say is… WOW! I have seen a few pics of your place before and remember thinking it had a to be a lot of work. After watching that video it made me realize how much work it really was along with all the planning that went into such a big project. You and your wife must love your home and be so very proud. Congratulations!

      • tom-lindsay

        Member
        July 4, 2022 at 8:31 pm

        And Happy 4th of July!

      • SawDogger

        Member
        July 5, 2022 at 8:10 am

        Absolutely amazing and a lot of attention to detail, no wonder you wanted to be there for every step of the build. What a great video to have to remember it all.

      • BajaGringo

        Organizer
        July 5, 2022 at 8:24 am

        It was a huge project that if at the start I would have really known how much work it was going to be and the time investment required, I honestly don’t know if I would have done it. But today Cristina and I both are really glad I did.

        Hoping everybody had a great holiday yesterday…

  • mx-rider

    Member
    July 5, 2022 at 9:36 am

    We went downtown and helped work at a July 4th BBQ for the homeless here in our area. The long line included a few migrants and one of them was from Vizcaino. He got really excited when we told him we were very familiar with the area and he ended up crying a few tears when we reminisced about his hometown. The experience reminded us how truly fortunate we really are.

    • BajaGringo

      Organizer
      July 6, 2022 at 9:33 am

      Awesome! What a great way to celebrate the day…