Better Barbecuing

Submitted Fri, 05/23/2014 - 10:20am by Pat Urban

May 23, 2014

 Happy Memorial Day.  Are you cooking out this weekend? has some tips for a better barbecue. 

 1.  Serve less meat, but buy the expensive stuff . . . grass-fed beef, dry-aged steaks, and wild seafood.  Anybody can grill a hundred burgers for 20 people.  You can make people remember your party if your meat TASTES GOOD.

  2.  Focus on the vegetables.  Instead of chips and salsa, serve charred vegetables with dipping sauces.  Or grill vegetables and puree them into fresh sauces for your meat. 


 3.  Make your own rub.  For a dry rub, just throw some paprika and chili powder together with brown sugar, oregano, salt, and garlic.


4.  Use high, medium, and then low heat.  Put a high-heat flame on the left side of the grill to get your sear marks.  Then cook the meat in the middle on medium heat, and then move it to low heat to keep warm.


5.  Keep track of cooking temperatures.  Food poisoning will wreck it for everybody.  Cook everything at 140 degrees or above, and smoked food should be cooked between 180 and 220.


6.  Serve fruit for dessert.  Nobody saves room for brownies and ice cream.  Just grill up some slices of pineapple, peaches, or mango.  You can also serve them with angel food cake, toasted right on the grill.


Last, and definitely not least, let me give you a 7th tip…Make sure you don’t run out of beer.


Will hamburgers be part of your holiday?  If so, you might find this list handy:


The Top 10 most popular burger toppings (according to ABC News)

  1. Ketchup

  2. Onions

  3. Tomatoes

  4. Lettuce

  5. Mustard

  6. Pickles

  7. Mayo

  8. Bacon

  9. Mushrooms

  10. Barbecue sauce.