Break Out the Grill! Great Barbecue Recipe Ideas
When summer comes, being inside feels like some sort of sin. If you’re a church-goer, it might not be a sin you’ll mention come Sunday, but it sure feels like you’re doing something wrong. You should be outside, manning the barbecue with a drink in one hand, a spatula in the other, and the sun on your face. Sounds like summer, right?
Just being in the sun outside by the grill is great. But, really, what’s the point of grilling if you don’t get that wonderful barbecue flavor? Without a really great barbecue recipe or three, you’re just… having a picnic with hot food. You’re not having a great barbecue! Want help choosing the tastiest, most impressive barbeque recipe? Read on.
Recipes for Barbecue Marinades
Especially since you want to be sure to fully cook meats like chicken and pork on the grill, they have a tendency to dry out. A marinade is a popular way to add flavor and moisture to barbecue meats. Want your marinade to tenderize, too? Look for one with a nice balance of acid and salt.
Keep in mind, however, that marinades aren’t a traditionally used type of barbecue recipe. They can taste great, but they sometimes have a tendency to make your meat a little soggy. If you want to get the flavor and tenderizing properties of a marinade while keeping your BBQ traditional, try a BBQ rub.
Recipes for Barbecue Rubs
While you might think BBQ sauce is the most important kind of barbecue recipe, the truth is… it’s all in the rub. In fact, a lot of traditional American barbecue doesn’t use any sauce at all. Instead, they just use a thick coating of a super-flavorful BBQ spice rub, and cook the meat slowly over an open flame.
A spice rub makes all the difference, so don’t leave it out. Especially since it takes approximately six micro-seconds to mix and apply a BBQ rub to your meat. Look for one with a nice balance of salts and sugars, and plenty of spice.
Recipes for Barbecue Sauce
Now we’re getting to the fun part. The sauce. Barbecue is popular all over the world, and there are so many types of barbecue sauce just in America alone that knowing what to try can be hard! We all have different tastes, and there’s a barbecue recipe out there for any type of BBQ sauce you could dream up.
One of the most popular kinds of BBQ sauce is vinegar-based. Vinegar-based sauces are thin and sharply-flavored, and don’t contain the heavy tomato sauce or ketchup you find in other types of barbecue sauce. A vinegar-based barbecue recipe is good on pork, especially with pulled pork sandwiches.
If you’re looking to make chicken or turkey on the BBQ grill, you might want to think about trying a white barbecue sauce. White BBQ sauces are made with mayonnaise instead of ketchup, and are creamy, tangy, a touch spicy, and wonderful with poultry.
There are so many great barbecue sauces… without trying them all, you just can’t know what you like best. So be sure to try thick, sweet Kansas City barbecue sauce, a spicy Texas barbecue recipe or two, some sweet-and-tangy Memphis BBQ sauce, and… you get the idea.
Fortunately, testing out new recipes is the fun part!
Karen Talavera is the editor of Divine Dinner Party. Drop by for a ton of Barbeque Recipe ideas.
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