Christopher Ranch

  (Gilroy, California)
Gilroy's finest. Family owned since 1956

Oh Shoots, It’s the Garlic Family BBQ


It’s May – it’s Memorial Day – it’s barbecue, baby! No matter what the weather’s doing (Gilroy is unseasonably cool and dewy right now) the grill and my taste buds are ready to spring into action. Grilling is my favorite way of cooking and I refuse to listen to those who say charred is not a food group. Vegetables, especially, taste amazing on the barbie and CR Green Garlic is a primo candidate for grilling.

GRILLED GREEN GARLIC is quick and tasty – the perfect appetizer or side dish for an outdoor bash. Trim, wash and pat dry at least 4 Christopher Ranch Green Garlic shoots per person. Coat shoots with extra virgin olive oil, a little salt and pepper if desired and place on the grill. Turn every minute or so until lightly browned to a nutty sweetness. All that’s left to do is pour the wine, serve the shoots and leave the chips and dip in the dust. This is barbecue with character – fresh, delicious and healthy! 

Now that we’ve kicked off our garlic party, let’s get to the beef. My once-upon-a-time mom-in-law, the late, great Josephine, created a killer marinade for top sirloin steaks. It’s loaded with enough fresh lemon juice to make you “gleek”, but the lemon also seems to have a tenderizing effect on the meat. I have a wonderful, heirloom Meyer lemon tree in my yard so I recommend using Meyers, but any type of lemon will do as long as it’s fresh. Josephine had no recipe measurements because she did everything on the fly, but I’ll give you my best guesstimate on her ingredients. Feel free to adjust if you must. 

JOSIE’S BBQ SAUCE: Squeeze 6 or more fresh lemons into a bowl, pits, pulp and all. Add 1/4 cup catsup, 1/3 cup Worcestershire and ½ cup A-1 sauce. Add 3 to 4 cloves of fresh crushed garlic, a generous pinch of Italian seasoning, and if you have any raw CR Green Garlic left, chop and add. Blend and set aside about half a cup of sauce to use while grilling. Marinate a couple of your favorite steaks at least 4 hours, but preferably overnight, in the refrigerator. Grill to desired doneness while basting at intervals with the reserved sauce. Serve hot and zesty!


You’re on your own with the side dishes, but I suggest potato salad and old-fashioned garlic bread, both spiked with chopped CR Green Garlic. You just can’t have too much of a good thing!

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