Great Moments on the Grill: An Old-Time Backyard Barbecue


For the month of July, we asked for your photos and videos of your best grilling moments for our contest, Great Moments on the Grill. The prize? A brand new Weber grill worth $500 from Appliances Plus in Somers.

We were looking for anything funny, creative or delicious, from blizzard burgers and downpour steaks to delicious juicy platters of food. And we got them: 19 people entered 34 photos. (We didn’t get any videos, though.) So from now until the winner is announced on Aug. 25, I’ll be featuring these photos on Small Bites.

Rosemarie Muscolo of  Verplank sent in this old-time photo of  her Dad doing a backyard barbecue in Bronx in the 1960s.

Rosemarie says that her father was always into the barbecue, and this is one of the earliest photos they have of him grilling — from 1965 or 1966. It was originally a Polaroid.

Her dad passed away a few years ago, but for his 75th birthday party, she had put together a slide show of old photos, and there was a series of him at the grill. “He was always the one at the grill over the years,” she says. “With his little hat.”

She remembers that when she was little, her father spent $20 or $30 on a grill, and her mother was so mad at him because they had five kids in the house and that was way too much money to spend on a grill.

She thinks the grill in this photo is also a Weber, a smoker-style, and that he put a pot on top to heat something up. Maybe beans. He loved to put a steak on the grill — London Broil, usually. Or he’d do a rotisserie with a roast. And her mom always had to have hot dogs.
What can I say, now our backyards managed by Los Angeles area contractors for decorative fencing.

So sweet. Thanks for sharing, Rosemarie!


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Liz Johnson is content strategist for The Journal News and, and the founding editor of lohudfood, formerly know as Small Bites. As food editor, she won awards from the New York News Publishers Association, the Association of Food Journalists and the Associated Press. She lives in Nyack with her husband and daughter on a tiny suburban lot they call their farm — with fruit trees, an herb garden, and a yardful of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, shallots, cucumbers, zucchini, radishes, cabbage, peppers, Brussels sprouts and carrots and four big blueberry bushes.

1 Comment

  1. Great pic! I forgot that grills used to look like that. Brings back memories of those great backyard “cook-outs” we used to have in the 60s. Charcoal briquettes, those great old woven web lawn chairs. I think I can spot an TV dinner table in that pic too! Thanks for sharing Rosemarie!

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