Thursday, May 27, 2010

The Barbecue That Almost Wasn't

Last weekend, I went to a friend's village about an hour north of my town. It ended up being me, Liezel, Amanda, Sinh, and Greg. We decided to have a super awesome relaxing weekend. We got there on Friday afternoon, watched Grey's Anatomy season finale (there was lots of yelling at the computer) and drank wine. 
Saturday morning, we woke up with plans to walk to a nearby lake and have a picnic/barbecue. Well, the day started with rain. Not good, so we decided to wait a little to see if the rain would subside. It eventually did, and then started to rain again. However, we didn't let this stop our fun. The rain stopped, so we packed up a blanket, beer, food, and wood and set out.
We walked for about a half hour and ended up next to a beautiful lake.

Sinh and Liezel set up the blanket, I peeled vegetables, and Amanda and Greg attempted to start the fire. Yes, they attempted. It took a while and a lot of wood.

Before we set out on our adventure, Greg made meatballs. They were raw of course, with the plan of cooking them over the fire. One flaw in the plan... there was no grill or anything to cook the meatballs on. However, we did have skewers so we stuck the meatballs on them. 

It seemed to be working, when the meatballs started falling off. So, new plan...
Let's make hamburger patties and cook them on the skewers!

Nope. Didn't work again. We were feeling quite frustrated at this point. We didn't want to eat just salad. Lame. 
I continued to cook my vegetables.

But the vegetables didn't work either. Lame again. 
All of a sudden, Boy Scout Greg finds a rusty old can!!
What can you do with a rusty old can, you ask?

Wash it in the lake and stick the meatballs in it of course! 
It's a mini-oven!
Brilliant Greg!

Mmm look at those meatballs cookin'!

Finished product?

We sat down to enjoy our meatballs, salad, grilled cheese sandwiches (good idea Sinh!) s'mores, and Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. It was a successful barbecue, and none of us got sick.

I know what you're thinking! 
"Eww, that's really disgusting cooking meatballs in a rusty old can that's been who knows where!"
We're Peace Corps Volunteers!
It's how we do Baby!


  1. :) hahah this is perfect - a great rendition of what happened!

  2. This is an awesome story! I can't wait to do my own cooking with rusty old cans... :P

    Ultimately- how did they taste???

  3. They actually tasted pretty good! Greg put lots of spices in them and we had ketchup.