The relationship between man and his grill is understandingly inseparable. So, what is it about this machine that brings out the best in us?

You can burn it, overcook it, and create the unimaginable, but it’s never the grills fault. Our unforgiving nature is never challenged by the grill; especially if we’ve established bragging rights that are usually reserved for the brand names of our favorite ‘big boy toys’.

Such is the case of me and my grill. Unlike most grills that are promoted as a macho association between man and beast, like that of Super Brand fervor—my grill has never been caught up in all that hype. My grill, instead, has no record of established bragging rights nor the virtues of a sales promotion that left it standing all alone on the show room floor.

Having never before or since heard of as a mainline brand, it has lived up to its name — Professional Imperial. The name says it all, as it actually does take out-door cooking to a new level, and gives the chef an edge for which the competition doesn’t even compare.

Being a meat-man all my life, this grill has been like my badge of honor. To be able to practice what I preach has never been as profound as that of my grilling results.

It would never have come to be had it not been for my relationship with the Husnick Meat Company in S. St Paul, MN. Ted always knew how to get things done, when others were just standing around picking up the pieces. For instance, there was no such thing as a delinquent accounts receivable on his books. If there wasn’t enough money available, he would simply foreclose on anything of value he could get his hands on.

In one particular case he ended up with a store full of commercial meat processing equipment. In the mix was this grill that I took off his hands. That was more than a quarter century ago, and that grill is still my pride and joy.

Not only did I end up with the grill, but I cried a liquidation auction for all of his accumulated parcels of debt recovery. That’s called a win-win relationship, for which I was taught lessons of entrepreneurship that served me will over the years.

The lesson I learned is that of finding unique solutions to any and all problems that life throws your way. Thank you Ted.

"PONY TALES by" Ponty is written by Ken E. Knight, the author of the “Knightro Report”, a nationally syndicated livestock-marketing column, which is featured in the "Farm And Livestock Directory" every month.