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We are finally at the beginning of the most-awaited season: summer! Nothing ushers in the new weather quite like a good barbecue. However, there’s a subtle art to getting a BBQ just right. Today we’ll discuss 5 tips to help you master the BBQ this summer!
Whether you’re cooking up a storm with a BBQ half chicken or sticking to classic burgers, these tips will help ensure the outdoor-style cooking process is a breeze. From prep to patio, we’re covering everything you need to impress your friends, neighbors, or even just the family.
Use Charcoal For Authentic BBQ Taste
There are tons of BBQ grill types on the market now, and gas variants are becoming more and more popular, too. However, if you want to achieve the quintessential, authentic smokey BBQ taste, then gas just doesn’t cut the mustard.
If you choose a barbie that uses charcoal, your meal is already off to a good start. Don’t forget to make sure it has a lid, too. (The lid can be a homemade mock-up using a pan lid, or you can purchase one integrated into the BBQ. It doesn’t matter, just as long as you have one.) That will help keep a consistent temperature inside the grill and lock in all that gorgeous, smokey flavor.
Preparation Is Essential
Like many other forms of cooking, perfect BBQ results from good preparation. Ensure you’ve got all the tools you’ll need at an arm’s length away, and make sure the food is ready to go, too. You don’t want to be racing around the house looking for essentials as your brisket over-cooks.
Good Marinades Add Flavor and Tenderize Meat
Take your BBQ offerings up a notch by marinating the food before putting it on the grill. Not only does this lock in a more delicious flavor, but it also improves the texture of meat, tenderizing it to that melt-in-your-mouth perfection.
With marinades, the longer you leave the meat in them, the better. Of course, if you’re really pushed for time or marination has slipped your mind, prick the meat and get it in a freezer bag along with the marinade. As long as you massage it often, you’ll get close to the same result as if you’d left it marinating overnight.
A Master of BBQ Never Forgets The Sides
When it comes to barbecues, it’s easy to get wrapped up in the main meat. But if you want a memorable BBQ, you’ll want to give just as much attention to the sides. Prep some easy sides in advance and let them chill in the refrigerator until you’re ready to serve the food. That way, you don’t have to worry about the sides as you’re prepping the BBQ meat.
From potato salad and corn on the cob to fruit kabobs and coleslaw, the possibilities are endless. And, don’t forget a good array of chopped, fresh toppings to accompany your meats: tomatoes, lettuce, and onion are classic, but you can feel free to get as creative as you like.
Veg Is Just As Good As Meat On The BBQ
Fire does amazing things to vegetables. If you do it right, these simple, natural treats really are a thing of beauty. Plus, after all, a true master of BBQ can do meat – and vegetables; it’s called versatility. 🙂
Grill-charring on vegetables amps up their subtle flavor. Then, if you’re going to add more flavorings, do so after they are cooked. Adding a little bit of salt and pepper should be great, or you can get creative and drizzle some sauce or chili over top.
Enjoy these tips (and your new status as BBQ master!) I hope you have a great summer!
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