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Grilled Lobster

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This was a cooking experiment on our Maine vacation. We had boiled and steamed lobsters, made lobster rolls, and a tasty sauce for them, and then we decided to try grilling the little monsters.

Well . . . it was okay.  It was partially ruined by the grill giving off propane stank and partially ruined by the lobster meat wanting to fall out of the split lobster. These things could be easily avoided and I'll offer suggests on how to do so.

We haven't used propane in years because our house has a natural gas line hook up for our grill. Does anyone have experience with propane giving food an unpleasant gassiness? The cottage we rented also had a propane oven that gave off some strong fumes when it ran. The cooktop was fine, but the oven would make your eyes water. The food from the grill wasn't overwhelmed by the smell, but you could definitely tell it was cooked over gas and the last thing you want during a meal is thinking about hydrocarbons and sulfurous additives.

But overall I am thankful for dead things giving us their flammable gases.
 
 
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Step 1: Pre-grill Steam

Set up your steamer and toss in your lobsters for a five minute steam bath. I was told you have to do this so that your lobster will fully cook on the grill. I had doubts that this was necessary, but I played along.

I took the red hot lobsters out after five minutes, let them cool a few minutes and then cut them in half from head to tail. This is actually pretty easy to do (at least it was with the recently molted lobsters we were able to get). Insert the knife into the head and slice down through the shell all the way to the end of the body.
cewing49 months ago
Propane will give off a strong smell if the tank is running low as all the solids are being burnt. If its full it shouldn't smell too strong. Bus it does smell different to natural gas.
dlewisa (author)  cewing49 months ago
I really can't smell anything from our natural gas grill. I guess the quality of the grill effects it too. If the burners aren't getting enough air or too much they'll put out some funk.
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