Easy Tips To Boost Your Barbecue Food

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.

Provide Enough Shade At Your Parties With A Tailgating Canopy

When it comes to throwing the ultimate tailgating party, there are a lot of preparations that need to be made in order to have the perfect party: Food, drinks, a tailgating canopy, footballs, barbecues, napkins, condiments, chairs, sports items, etc. That list is by no means comprehensive. When planning a tailgating party you need to ask yourself several key questions. How many people am I going to invite? How many chairs do I need to bring? How much food do I need to provide? Do I want people to bring their own food? Is everyone that I am inviting all rooting for the same team? One of the most important parts about a tailgating party is the food. Food is often what brings humans together, and the tailgating party is no exception. One thing that I have found that is key to having a successful party is having enough barbecues to make everyone happy.

People can become really frustrated very quickly by watching someone eat a burger while waiting for their’s to cook. It is a smart idea to bring more than one barbecue to a tailgating party, depending on how many people are invited of course. A good ratio would be one barbecue for every eight people. This ensures that meat is cooking at all times and that people can all eat at the same time. Another aspect that is key to having a successful party, is having enough shade to cover everyone. If you are planning a party for a college football game, chances are you are planning your party for August sometime. No matter where you are in the country, August is always extraordinarily hot.

If you’re out west in the desert, like Utah, Arizona, or New Mexico, the blistering heat can be intense. If you’re in the south like Texas, Florida, or Georgia, you have the intense heat, plus humidity to deal with. It can be very hot. That is why I suggest to everyone who is planning a tailgating party, that they have a tailgating canopy or two. Depending on how big your tailgating canopy is, you want to make sure that everyone can sit in the shade to escape the heat of the sun. Another cool aspect of the tailgating canopy that I really like is the opportunity to customize it to show school pride. I went to Brigham Young University, so I have my tailgating canopy decked out with Cougars.

This gives me a chance to show my school pride and show everyone where my true loyalties lie. You never, ever want to run out of food at a tailgating party. People come to have a good time, and that often involves the food present. But you probably also don’t want all of that money spent coming out of your own pocket. Be a leader, make delegations to other people, and have them help supply the food. To save money, my wife and I usually ask everyone to bring their own meat and drinks, and we provide the condiments, chips, fruit, and vegetables.

Meat is the most expensive part, so since everyone brings their own, our parties don’t cost us too much. I know it may seem like a stupid tip, but make sure those you invite are all rooting for the same team. There is a huge rivalry between BYU and the University of Utah, and I made the mistake one time of inviting a Ute to my tailgating party. Needless to say, it did not go over well. In the end, if you stick to these simple guidelines, you’ll have a successful party. Just remember, bring enough food, provide enough shade, and have a good time!