Do you love the taste of authentic grilled food? Barbecue is one of the best family traditions around, and it’s a great opportunity to show off your culinary skill. You don’t have to be an expert in order to reach barbecue perfection but it certainly helps when you have a bit of experience. When everything comes together perfectly, it results in a wonderful combination of good fun and delightful food. Here are some easy tips you can follow to make sure that your next barbecue experience is a memorable one.
Clean your equipment – it all starts with the equipment you use and you should make sure to have a solid gas or charcoal grill. But buying yourself the perfect grill is just the first step, and you’re going to need to maintain it in order to get good food each and every time. Try to clean your barbecue after each cooking session so that you don’t have to worry about caked-on grease building up in between your barbecue meals. Don’t forget about making sure that your utensils and tools are sparkling clean as well.
Plan ahead – your barbecue can be as simple or complex as you like, but it’s always a good idea to make sure that you are prepared. That means knowing what you are going to cook and having a few backup items just in case. It’s always a good idea to incorporate one or two new dishes so that you can continually expand your overall menu. As long as you are organized, you’ll be able to handle any challenge that will come your way.
Only use fresh ingredients – stay away from frozen foods that are supposed to make barbecue more convenient. They might speed up the cooking process but they dramatically reduce the amount of taste and flavor. Only use fresh ingredients and quality cuts of meat that you buy the day of the barbecue. Remember, just because something might make the process easier doesn’t mean it will increase the overall enjoyment of the meal.
Make your own sauce – you might not know it now, but making BBQ sauce is actually quite easy. If you can heat up a can of soup, the basic mechanics are the same. All you need are your ingredients in one place and about half an hour to cook them up. Making your own sauce gives you a chance to stamp your food with your own personal signature. It can be a lot tastier than using generic barbecue sauce that you buy in a bottle from your local grocery store.
Side dishes – off course big juicy steaks, chicken burgers, and chicken wings are important to traditional barbecue. But no meal would be complete without favorites such as coleslaw, potato salad, or a nice fresh garden salad. Make sure that you have a wide array of side dishes to balance out heavier items on the menu. There are plenty of side dishes that can be prepared by other members of the family so that your barbecue becomes a family event.
Make it healthy – you don’t necessarily have to feature meat at your next barbecue meal. Modern gas grills have a tremendous amount of finesse which means you have full control over temperature. Using different settings, you can master the art of cooking vegetables that will taste better than anything you’ve had before. Don’t be afraid to include a bit of variety that boosts the health sector of barbecue which has traditionally been associated with unhealthy eating.