To us, there is nothing that embodies a Texas summer more than firing up the grill (or, um, watching someone else do it), and grilling dinner in the backyard after a long day in the pool. We literally crave BBQs this time of year – from hamburgers to veggies to steaks to s’mores, grilling = summer, and we recently had *the* best day of BBQ thanks to Toyota.
Toyota has been front-of-mind for a lot of Dallasites lately, with the opening of its new HQ in Plano and the transplant of thousands of California employees – who we hope are enjoying their new home 🙂 However, we’ve never actually owned, or even driven, a Toyota, so we were more than happy to test drive the 2017 RAV4 Hybrid SE for a week.
Y’all, this car was amazing. It was the perfect mid-size SUV and rode like buttah (is that a thing?). The sound system is ideal for road trips, or for keeping you sane sitting in traffic on the way to work. And there are of course all of the high-tech necessities, like a USB port, touch screen, keyless entry.. you name it, the RAV4’s pretty much got it. We also loved the black and tan leather interior – it may have been our favorite detail of the car!
To help celebrate summer, Toyota set up the ideal grilling situation for us – as in, we did none of the work and let Chef Matt Pittman of Meat Church do it all for us. We met Chef Pittman (and his precious wife, Tracie) at Rudolph’s Market & Sausage Factory in Deep Ellum before heading to the Pittman’s UN.REAL. outdoor kitchen at their home in Waxahachie.
Even though Rudolph’s is an institution, we had never been. If you’re a carnivore (like us), this is the place for you. We got to see a quarter of a cow butchered, and learned exactly where our favorite cuts of meat come from, which was so neat, and also something we think is important to know. We then chose between a filet or ribeye and headed South in our RAV4 to the Pittman’s home.
This outdoor kitchen (and really, their whole house) is seriously goals. We felt like we were living in a HGTV show. With more grills than we could count, it’s clear the Pittmans are passionate about what they do.
If you’re unfamiliar with Meat Church, Chef Pittman rose to fame on TLC’s BBQ Pittmasters, and now has a line of seasonings, rubs and injections that will seriously elevate your BBQ game. He also teaches classes at his home, and you can sample his food at festivals around the country (Meat Church will be at SMOKED in Sept. and Chefs for Farmers in Nov., Dallas friends!)
Chef Pittman touched on three ways to cook steaks, which we’ll detail in another blog post – reverse sear, plain ol’ grilling and sous-vide. We watched him go through each method, and then cook our steaks by reverse searing them. We quickly scarfed down our perfectly-cooked filets, baked potatoes (with smoked bacon !!) and grilled asparagus. Like we said, it was *the* perfect summer grilling situation.
We left the Pittman’s gorgeous home very full and beyond content and cruised back to Dallas in our RAV4. We now have VERY high expectations for our summer BBQs moving forward.
Huge thank you to Toyota for lending us the car for the week and Meat Church for feeding us! As always, all opinions are our own.