Barbecue has come a long way from a simple fire in a pit with the meat roasting on a spit to high-tech automated electric smokers. While some still prefer to grill their meat the old-fashioned way, on a charcoal grill, some find it easier to use an electric grill which does most of the work for you. Whichever method you prefer to barbecue your meat, the love for the grill is universal.
The following barbecue recipes are perfect for your next dinner party:
1. Simple BBQ chicken
4 boneless chicken breasts
2 tablespoons refined oil, preferably extra-virgin olive oil
1 cup of the barbecue sauce of your choice (tomato based)
1 teaspoon barbecue smoke seasoning
5 tablespoons paprika
1 teaspoon garlic powder
4 teaspoons brown sugar
3 teaspoons kosher salt
2 teaspoons black pepper
The first step in this recipe is the preparation of the rub. Mix the paprika, garlic powder, brown sugar, salt and pepper together in a bowl making sure the sugar has no lumps. Next, sprinkle this rub onto the chicken with your fingers and rub it into the meat. Cover the chicken with foil, place it in a baking dish and pop it into the refrigerator for about 20 minutes. While the chicken is in the refrigerator, combine the smoke seasoning and oil to get a basting mixture.
Now you are ready to grill the chicken. Make sure to grill each side for about 4-6 minutes. Start basting after 2 minutes of cooking time and make sure to cover all sides of the chicken with the mixture. Once the meat reaches about 160 degrees, it is ready to be served.
2. Tandoori-style chicken
8 chicken legs
1 small red onion
2 cloves of garlic
1 thumb of ginger
1 teaspoon ground cumin
A bunch of fresh coriander
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon vinegar
Half a teaspoon of black pepper
Start with making small cuts in the chicken to reduce the cooking time and make sure the flavours get soaked in to the chicken. While your barbecue is heating on a medium flame, grind the coriander, garlic, onion and ginger in a mortar and pestle. Transfer the mixture into a big bowl and add the yogurt, spices, vinegar and honey to it. Add salt to taste and drop in the chicken legs. Let the chicken marinate in this mixture for at least half an hour. Next, begin grilling your chicken legs on the hottest part of the grill, making sure to turn it at regular intervals. After about 15 minutes move the chicken onto the cooler part of the grill. Grill the meat until it is done, you can check by making a small cut. Your tandoori chicken legs are ready to serve.
3. BBQ turkey sandwich
6 hamburger buns, split and warmed
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 thinly sliced onion
3 tablespoons cider vinegar
Half cup barbecue sauce of your choice
Half cup water
4 cups chopped cooked turkey breast
Half teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
Start with a medium sized saucepan. Melt the butter in it at medium heat. Add onion and the kosher salt. Sauté for about 7 to 9 minutes. Add in the BBQ sauce, vinegar and half cup of water. Let it simmer for about 5 minutes. Now you can add the turkey and all the seasoning. Allow the sauce to cook for 5 minutes. Place the turkey on the hamburger buns and add additional sauce as required. Cover it with the top bun and your BBQ turkey sandwiches are ready to eat.
4. BBQ chicken pizza
1 cup sliced red and yellow bell peppers
2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 pound pizza dough
Half cup grated mozzarella cheese
Half cup Fontina cheese
1 rotisserie chicken
1/4 cup barbecue sauce of your choice
1/4 cup finely chopped parsley
Salt and pepper to taste
Start with preheating the oven to 500 degrees. Pour the olive oil in a saucepan and sauté the bell peppers for a few minutes. Roll out the pizza dough and top it with the sautéed bell peppers and two types of cheese. Pop the pizza into the oven and bake until the crust turns golden brown. This should take about 12 minutes. While the pizza cooks, you can get the chicken ready. Cut up the rotisserie chicken into bite-sized pieces and toss it in heated BBQ sauce. Once you get the pizza out of the oven, top it off with the chicken. Sprinkle salt and pepper to taste and garnish with parsley.
5. Barbecued spare ribs
1 or 2 racks of ribs (depending on the number of diners)
3 large garlic cloves
1 tablespoon English mustard
2 tablespoon brown sugar
2 tablespoon tomato ketchup
1 tablespoon dark soy sauce
2 tablespoons vinegar (brown rice vinegar is preferred)
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons black pepper
The first step in this recipe is preparing the marinade. Crush the garlic and salt together until it becomes a paste and add to a bowl. Add the mustard, sugar, tomato ketchup, soy sauce, pepper and vinegar to the bowl and mix it well. Marinate the ribs for about four to five hours, making sure it is well-coated in the mixture. Preheat the barbecue and place the ribs on it once it is moderately heated. The key in this recipe is not wiping away the marinade. As you grill the ribs, brush it with marinade to keep it moist. After about 10 to 12 minutes on the grill, your BBQ ribs should be ready to be served.