Grilling with My Power Wheelchair

Do you like to grill? Well, I sure do! One of my favorite things in the summertime is spending time with my friends and family outside with a campfire going and the smell of burgers and hotdogs on a grill. I recently found out that July is National Grilling Month! So, here’s how I safely enjoy grilling using my iLevel® Power Wheelchair.

Grilling with My iLevel Power Wheelchair

Before I had my Edge® 3 Power Wheelchair with iLevel® technology, the task of grilling was pretty much nonexistent in my life. I could not raise myself up or lift my arm high enough to reach the handle on the lid of the grill and move it safely to the back. This challenge ultimately hindered my ability to grill a lot when I was younger. Either my mom or dad or a friend had to go grill my food for me if I wanted anything on the barbecue. We all know how hot a grill can get. For me, the risk of burning my arm was just too high.

Now that I have iLevel on my motorized wheelchair, I can grill my own food safely because I can elevate my motorized wheelchair to where I need to be to safely operate the grill. This gives me the flexibility to entertain friends and family while cooking. Since I’ve been back in New York from Florida, I have been to three barbecues. I’ve also spent a lot of time in my parent’s backyard grilling up some burgers and hotdogs, even if it’s just a hotdog for myself.

The Challenges with Cooking

If you are not a master chef, I feel like grilling is one of those things that you cannot mess up. That’s probably why I gravitate towards it. I have been told I am a pretty decent cook. But I am one of those cooks that sticks to what they know. I believe in repetition when it comes to life and food. If it’s not broken, don’t fix it. if you really think about everything that is involved with grilling, it’s not rocket science to cook a hotdog or a burger on the grill. You can pretty much tell when the food is done by how charred it looks. When I try to cook a burger on a pan inside the house on the stove, I sometimes find it challenging to know if the burger is cooked all the way through. I feel like I’m always cutting into a burger to see if it is cooked all the way.

Celebrating National Grill Month

If you do not have a grill, you’re in luck! I did a bit of research and found out that a lot of restaurants and fast-food places are offering deals all month long. Two barbecue spots by me are offering a free grilled chicken sandwich with every order. I also know that Burger King and a Chic-Fil-A are offering special grilled items if you belong to their rewards or perk club. Now, I recommend checking online in your area, as these offers could be regional or a special offered by a franchise owner. I know that some of us don’t always feel like cooking and these are a few options that you have to get a meal either for free or at little cost during National Grilling Month.

With so many household products available at your local retailer, you could pick up an indoor electric grill. It may not be totally the same but this is a great alternative if you live in the city. You can just place the indoor grill on your island or countertop and you’re good to go.

So, make sure that you check out some of your favorite restaurants, especially if they do grilled food. You might make out with a sweet deal.

About Josh McDermott: Josh is a brand ambassador for Quantum Rehab®. He is a public speaker and has served as a goodwill ambassador for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Josh lives in New York and loves to travel. Click here to learn more about Josh.


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