Today host, weatherman, grill master. Al Roker is known for many things, and being an avid cook is one of them. The beloved TV host published Al Roker’s Big Bad Book of Barbecue: 100 Easy Recipes for Backyard Barbecue and Grilling in 2002, often cooks on air, and just last week launched a web series called Cold Cuts, in which he makes sandwiches with his celebrity friends.
For hard-core carnivores and serious meat lovers, grilling season is heaven on earth, but for those who avoid animal proteins it can be a slightly trickier time of year to maneuver. It’s no secret that veggie burgers are better for your body and the environment than their meaty counterparts, and whether you’re experimenting with one meat-free day a week or sticking to an entirely vegetarian diet, there’s no reason the animal-friendly grilling alternatives shouldn’t satisfy all of your summer cravings.
The first time I was served grilled fruit, it seemed like a magic trick. Growing up, burgers, hot dogs, brats, and the occasional sad vegetable packet were as adventurous as we got, so this raw ingenuity blew my mind. First of all, he had he eschewed both propane and lighter fluid-sodden briquettes for hardwood lump charcoal ashed over in a chimney, which I'd never seen before.