Today is National Nebraska Day. The Corn Husker State joined the union on March 1, 1867. Pioneers migrating westward along the Oregon, California and Mormon Trails traveled through the area, marking off recognized landmarks along the way.
While the official start of summer may be more than a month away and the unofficial start of the summer grilling season isn’t for a couple more week, any warm afternoon is a great excuse to fire up the backyard grill. Cooking over an open fire, be it charcoal, gas or wood, gives us a sense of culinary primal pleasure. While I love a Five-Star restaurant as much as the next guy, nothing compares to a backyard barbecue.