The Thrill of the Grill Cartoon

August 30, 2007 131 Comments

Cooking Cartoon about GrillingKing of the Grill

First, I would like to say thank you to everyone who sent in a cartoon caption. They were all great. Some different, but I enjoyed everyone of them. Two really stood out for me and they were Josh Baugher’s “Honey, I’ve got everything under control.” and Evelyn’s “It’s not burnt, it’s Cajun!”

This is one of my favorite cooking cartoons featuring The Reluctant Gourmet. It shows an ambitious RG grilling something with an out of control charcoal fire but he remains calm telling the fireman at his side ready to put out the fire that every thing is under control and he is cooking Cajun style.

Why is this grill flaming up? One reason may be it wasn’t cleaned properly the last time it was used. Another may be due to the meat or chicken he is grilling and he doesn’t have a spray bottle of water to control the flames. If you are interested in more grilling tips, I suggest you check out my post called 8 Tips To Grill Like A Pro.

Tee shirts, aprons & other fun stuff

I have printed some of these cartoons on tee shirts and other fun stuff at Zazzle . If you don’t see the cartoon you want, let me know and I will try to get it up there for you. They make great gifts for your favorite “reluctant” gourmet.

Use of cartoons

These cartoons are all copyrighted so please do not use them in any way without permission.

Last modified on Thu 27 March 2014 3:39 pm

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  1. Adam says:

    What a great idea!

    “Did you come for a turkey burger?”

  2. Meg says:

    “Ok, so maybe I did add a little too much charcoal!”

  3. Josh Baugher says:

    “Honey, I’ve got everything under control.”

  4. Donna Hager says:

    “I knew I should have purchased leaner beef!”

  5. Bill says:

    Cook to fireman: “I think you squirted a wee bit too much fire starter there!”

  6. Judy says:

    OK, so that myth’s busted–you can’t apply the olive oil marinade with a pressure hose!

  7. Ben says:

    “This is the fourth time this month, Mr. Kindle. Please do not use your grill when cooking with wine.”

    “I’m sorry. Again.”

  8. Someone special says:

    “Sorry I accidently took the grill off.”

  9. Hillary says:

    I happen to like Josh Baugher’s a lot, but here’s mine:

    “The opposite of grilling and chilling”

  10. hgm says:

    “I can’t BELIEVE you didn’t invite me to your BBQ, Bob, especially after what happened last time!”

  11. Duane De Mello says:

    “You said to cook on high, right?”

    “Oh well, who likes their burgers well done?”

    “Fire Department be dammed, their just about done.”

  12. Steve says:

    “Ok, so I burnt the steak. What are you going to do….squirt me?

  13. Kirsten says:

    Honey, I know I agreed to dress up as a fireman, but I didn’t realize this is what you had in mind!

  14. Rusty says:

    Is that all you’ve got? I’m not spraying till you turn up the heat!

  15. Joan says:

    Blackened fish again, Sir?

  16. Bett says:

    “Do you mean I was supposed to remove the wrapping and defrost the burgers BEFORE I put them on the grill ?!?”

  17. Douglas Mefford says:

    Thank goodness for carry-out!

  18. Jenn says:

    Just hold it steady so I can flip these things.

  19. Barbara says:

    Burnt crisp…. like a duck?

  20. Jamie says:

    “Don’t try this at home.”

    “I thought I told you not to buy the new Bobby Flay book!”

    “Fireman Fred was not happy he pulled cookout duty again.”

    “Your wife put us on standby.”


    “I said trial by fire, not higher fire. “

  21. Steve says:

    “Are you here for emotional support?”

  22. Steve says:

    “Honey, the nice fireman is here in case things get out of hand.”

  23. Joel says:

    “All right RG, back away from the grill!!

  24. Joel says:

    “Do you know RG, there’s 106 cats waiting because of you?”

  25. Patti Spurgeon, Odessa TX says:

    Sir, didn’t you have a full-faced beard 3 seconds ago?

  26. Patti Spurgeon, Odessa TX says:

    Sir, can you spell pyromania?

  27. Patti Spurgeon, Odessa TX says:

    Would you believe my boyscout son did this with a twig and a small rock?

  28. Patti Spurgeon, Odessa TX says:

    This is how my grandfather learned to moonwalk

  29. BK, Cleveland Ohio says:

    I like it HOT HOT HOT. Whats the problem?

  30. Chris says:

    Mom! It looks like dad’s done with the burgers!

  31. George Garriga says:

    It’s Pizza Time!!!

  32. Sherrie says:

    Looks like you put a little “too” much hot sauce on there….

  33. Fran says:

    It’s my famous fire-roasted peppers Sir!!!!!!!!!!!

  34. Lonnie Anthony says:

    You said you wanted it well-done.

  35. Joe says:

    They call it carmelization!

  36. Evelyn says:

    It’s not burnt, it’s cajun!

  37. Nancy H says:

    But the recipe said “flame broil”!

  38. Amy Knox says:

    “Mrs. Reluctant Gourmet was beginning to regret buying her husband the ‘Real Man’s Grill’ Cookbook.”

    “Sir, you do know you need a license to burn in the city limits?”

    “Mr. Jones thought the burgers would cook faster if he removed the ‘low’ setting.”

  39. miketoyo says:

    Sorry……You did say ‘rare’.

  40. Marie says:

    I told her she should do this herself, I didn’t know what I was doing!!!!!

  41. Jeanne Brecht says:

    Hey, I’m just searing the steaks!

  42. Jewel says:

    It’s called Steak Tatar Flambé! It’s SUPPOSED to do that!

  43. Greg says:

    Nobody panic! This is how I planned it.

  44. Nuria says:

    Out of the frying pan and into the fire!

  45. Nuria says:

    I like my bacon crisp!

  46. Robert says:

    But I’m CERTAIN this is the way Bobby Flay did it….

  47. Lorna says:

    i’m cooking this the way my mom did…I was raised on “charcoal is Good For You”

  48. W.Gammon says:

    ” I though I cleaned this BBQ out last spring, who wants flaming ribs?”

  49. JP says:

    Who called the fire department???? I have this completely under control.

    A new meaning for hail, fire, and brimestone.

  50. Stephen says:

    I guess we’re beyond the ‘ol squirt gun trick here.

  51. Amanda says:

    “Your wife called us. Step away from the grill or fry trying.”

  52. Fortune McLemore says:

    Maybe playing “Hot Stuff” by Donna Summer inspired me a little TOO much…

  53. JD Schwerdtfeger says:

    “Put it out??? It took me 5 gallons of gas to get it going this good!”

  54. Mike B. says:

    “No sir, I will *not* ‘get out of your kitchen.'”

  55. Charlie Brannan says:

    It’s a new receipe! I call it Dante’s Inferno!

  56. belinda dupre says:

    well hello its steak a la flambay.

  57. ROBIN says:

    i thought the fire department liked all their food, well done, welcome to the party!!!

  58. ROBIN says:

    dang! the dogs gonna eat good tonite….

  59. Margaret Walsh says:

    Honey, I’ve told you before that those juices are gone forever when you turn up the searing so very high.

  60. kathy coombs says:

    I don’t know whether I should spray you or the fire!

  61. Morris Burnham says:


  62. Susannah says:

    “Oh, hello Bill! Your a little early for the barbecue.
    I forgot to ask you, how did your want your ribs done again?”

    “The charcoal coating the stake is good for your health!”

  63. Winston Crowder says:

    But they ordered their steaks well done!

  64. Joanne says:

    According to the Fire Chief, we’ll be coming here instead of our usual fire drill routine!

  65. Ed says:

    Bob had learned from past experience that the fire department was a necessary part of his BBQ mise-en-place.

  66. Ellen Deskin says:

    Dinners cooked, the company is here and she’s still on the phone!!!

  67. Dan says:

    “How to invite your local firemen to your barebeque?”

  68. TJ says:

    I’m GLAD I spent the extra money on the automatic sprinkler attachment!

  69. amanda says:

    Honey, I know you like the burgers well done, but that’s pushing it.

  70. Rick Bell says:

    I’m sorry, but rare is not an option at this point!

  71. Matt says:

    Lighter fluid seemed like such a great way to flambe on a grill

  72. Harriette says:

    You never heard of Hot Dogs flambe??

  73. Michael says:

    ” Just gimme one more second…I like it super crispy!”

  74. carl says:

    “Where’s the meat? “

  75. cathy bell says:

    Now where do I put the meat thermometer?

  76. Jim Murata says:

    There goes our environmental Carbon credit for the month!

  77. Bruce A. Wilson says:

    No dear, I don’t need Directions!

  78. Sally says:

    Holy Smokes! or should I say Holy Smoker!!

  79. Jamil Ghani says:

    “So . . . if I understand what you’re saying, officer . . . Baked Alaska does not need 4,000 BTU?”

  80. Jamil Ghani says:

    “You say ‘fire’, I say flambe’ !”

  81. kathy says:

    Raise your hands and step away from the grill……

  82. Kim Perez says:

    “Like I said last time, sir, gasoline is not substitute for lighter fluid!”

  83. Bill Pavesic says:

    “Mom, it looks like Dad’s cooking again!”

    The general comment in my house as I was beginning to cook. That or the smoke alarm going off in the house.

  84. Oswaldo says:

    Just in time for my “Fireman’s Special”

  85. Grace says:

    Well, You did say you wanted it char-broiled!

  86. Jennifer Kirn says:

    Showing off in front of your friends? Priceless.

  87. Neil Gardiner says:

    Uhm….flame grilled….uuurrrrrr (A La Homer Simpon)

  88. Jeff Snodgrass says:


  89. Tammy Bartley says:

    BAM! That kicked it up a notch!

  90. Ashley says:

    Now thats what I call well-done!

  91. Anita Mohd Sani says:

    All right…10 more seconds and we squirt in the juice…full blast or drizzle you say?

  92. beth says:

    When you said we’d be role playing, I was picturing more of a French Maid outfit….

  93. Becky Kubacki says:

    AND the smoke alarm in the house IS going off TOO!

  94. A.M. says:


  95. John says:

    Well done.

  96. Mary Runge says:

    Back out! I’ve called for a chemical air drop.

  97. Michael says:

    Come to think of it, at least we got the fire going this time around.

  98. cathy says:

    This wouldn’t happen in Australia!

  99. peter king says:

    you did say you wanted your steak very well done did you not

  100. RG says:

    This one is from Oswaldo who sent it to me by email.

    “Just in time for my “Fireman’s Special!”

  101. Jack Vitale says:

    ” I think Dad is taking the ‘Five Alarm Hamburger’ recipe a bit too literally.”

  102. Ed Runge says:

    You might consider a leaner cut next time.

  103. maria rivera says:

    BURN baby, BURN !!!

  104. lorna says:

    oops, I did it AGAIN !!

  105. James C says:

    “Oh $#@%! My hotdog!”

  106. Mark says:

    HOLD OFF!! The steaks are ALMOST ready!

  107. Mike says:

    This is why I don’t prepare my Cajun Chicken in the house.

  108. Warren says:

    “Thanks for coming to supper, excuse me whole I turn the steak over. “ 

  109. ElizaBeth Marshall-Smith says:

    OK Sam, I teach fire safety at scouts tomorrow night!

  110. Tam says:

    Whooooa!!! Where’d my moustache go????

  111. vivyan says:

    you’re right honey- this was some “HOT” recipe

  112. Liz says:

    “Hmm, needs a little more fluid.”

  113. Gail Vento says:

    Don’t they ever feed you at the firehouse? Every time I’m cooking outdoors, you guys show up!

  114. Gail Vento says:

    I don’t get it…one little fire and everyone gets excited!

  115. Shirley O'Connell says:


  116. Bill Hoppe says:

    Boy meets grill and local Fireman.

  117. Bill Hoppe says:

    “Holly molecular gastronamy, Asbestos Man”

  118. Bill Hoppe says:

    “Excuse me Sir, your in violation of SLOW FOOD MOVEMENT”

  119. Bill Hoppe says:

    “Sir, please step away from the grill, put down your spatula and Chef’s hat.”

  120. Ron Reed says:

    Honey, bring out the meat the fire is almost ready!!

  121. Tim Kaylor says:

    Wow! The new insta-grill 10000 works great!

  122. RN Velasquez says:

    Whoa, too much Bourbon on that Chicken!!!!

  123. Bear Smith says:

    The grill: $100
    The charcoal: $25
    Meat: $15
    Fireman comes to your house: …..Priceless!

  124. danny gomez says:

    brontasaurous burger anyone?

  125. Paco the painter says:

    Barbecue Bob’s wife stands by the ready

  126. Paco the painter says:

    Barbecue Bob’s wife is not amused

  127. Tanya says:

    Got Water?

    “Drop it like it’s hot” , says the fireman.

  128. Salvatore Avitabile says:

    Hey! Honey, I,m in the mood for Pizza tonight

  129. Chad Haynes says:

    “Ok sire, your gonna have to put that grill in the house or we are leaving.”

  130. Hennie Botha says:

    Fireman: “I said medium to rare!”

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