Happy Memorial Day! I know there is a serious purpose to today, but this weekend is also the kickoff for summer and outdoor cooking. How could I top safe grilling advice and the science of beer and hot dogs to mark the holiday? Grilling steaks over molten lava! CNN reported on this last August when the channel asked Would you eat a steak grilled ... on lava?
The first steak ever grilled, on lava! Jeanne Moos reports this gastronomic eruption tasted like "the best steak ever."The story may be nearly a year old, but it's gotten legs lately, as Syracuse.com reported last week: Cooking steaks over molten lava? Syracuse University praised for 'badass' grill.
The stunt and video are both 10 months old, but praise has been heating up this past week from Popular Mechanics, Boing Boing, Business Insider and Mental Floss. A writer at BuzzFeed even called it "badass" and said "this is how real men grill."I saw it on my YouTube feed last week and one of my students submitted an article about it for extra credit. Between the two, I knew what I'd post to celebrate Memorial Day.
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The Syracuse University cooked up a culinary treat by grilling steaks over a stream of red hot lava as part of an experimental lava project that brings together sculptors and geologists.…Keep calm and grill on!