There aren’t many people out there who can say no to a good BBQ. From encouraging group hangouts to filling your plates with delicious, smoky food, BBQs are a great way to celebrate warm weather; something everyone tends to agree on. Sites like BroBBQ, which specialize in BBQ equipment, techniques and technology, all agree and recognize that a good BBQ requires nuance, taste and culture to uphold.
There are many tips and tricks out there to ensure that your BBQ goes amazingly. But, when it comes down to it, the art of the successful BBQ lies in the quality of the food. So, here are some tips to ensure that, at your next BBQ, you can make sure that your food tastes great.
1. Grill but don’t overdo it.
There’s a science behind delicious food; especially when said food is grilled to perfection. When grilled, the flavor of food is deepened. Meat becomes more savory, enhancing the saltiness of the natural flavors; vegetables become caramelized and sweet, enriching the natural tastes.
But the main satisfaction from grilling food stems from smell. So, you know when you’re grilling correct when the scents which reach you make you positively salivate! The connection between scent and taste is so important- it accentuates the experience of eating.
Make sure you don’t over-grill, rendering the scent of your food as burnt like charcoal. Use your senses and play it safe, if you have to!
2. Add spices to your meat
Adding flavor and spices to your meat before you cook it is an ideal way to make your food go from 0 to 100. A nice, smoky marinade can really make your BBQ pop.
A fool-proof method for marinating your meat is foresight. Make sure that, two to three hours before grilling, you take your meat of choice and baste it in whatever seasoning you desire. Try any of these for great flavor:
- Simple salt
- Paprika and cayenne mixture
- Chili powder
- Classic BBQ sauce
Whatever marinade you choose doesn’t matter, but don’t compromise on the process. Keep your marinated meat in a nice plastic sandwich bag and let it sit for those few hours.
3. The sides you choose are important
Never compromise on your sides- they’re just as important as the meat!
- Corn on the cob
- Salad with a nice lemon or caesar dressing
- Mac n Cheese
Whatever sides you choose, make sure you select with care. Always assess the quality of ingredients! Usually, a nice full-fat coleslaw complements the smokiness of your meat a lot better than the thinner, lower-fat kind.
And remember: if you’re doing burgers, give your mayonnaise an extra kick by mixing it with some chili, ketchup and paprika to give it that extra kick.
Don’t forget to pay attention to your grilling techniques when grilling corn or vegetables; your sides are just as important as your meat and require the same amount of care and consistency.
4. Get your heat right
This seems obvious, but it’s an important point to note: make sure that the heat of your BBQ is just right, so you can grill without over or under-doing it in the amount of time you have.
Grilling over hot coals is key to ensure you have an overall grill over the surface area of your food. So, don’t grill over a direct flame!
Overall, the key to good BBQ is preparation beforehand. This will ensure that you get the best flavors out of your food. It will also ensure that you can relax, take it easy and enjoy yourself on the actual day, Have fun!