of winter weather? Welcome back spring by throwing the ultimate
backyard barbecue bash. Gathering friends and family to kick
off the summer months is a great way to test out new recipes,
new equipment and catch up on what you missed hibernating
over the winter. This is the ultimate guide for throwing the
best backyard barbecue this side of Dixie.
Barbecue is as American as baseball, and people who grill
take their barbecue equipment very seriously. About 15 million
grills are purchased every year by barbecue enthusiasts. Seventy
percent own gas grills, while the rest put their sweat and
tears into the authenticity of charcoal grills and smokers.
Best BBQ, an online retailer and distributor of
all things barbecue, has a wide selection of brand name and
slow cookers to the barbecue accessories you need to flip
those burgers and look good doing it.
Most people choose gas grills over charcoal grills for their
convenience and even consistency of heat. But charcoal grills
deliver a more superior and bolder flavor when searing and
smoking different kinds of meat. There are a variety of trusted
brands available in both gas and charcoal grills. Before purchasing
any kind of grill, be sure to research which type will deliver
the best results for the food you like to cook. If you're
more of a "no muss, no fuss" back-porch cook, think about
a gas grill with evenly heated burners and side space for
preparation and cleanup or a basic charcoal grill like the
traditional Weber kettle grill. If you take your barbecue
as seriously as your grill, then think about getting something
a bit more advanced like something in the Weber
Summit Platinum series.
Food brings people together. With the national attention the
Food Network and their celebrity chefs bring to all things
eatable, barbecue has reached a whole new level. Celebrity
Chef, Bobby Flay's bestselling Boy Meets Grill cookbooks
have propelled the world of barbecue and the chefs behind
it, giving amateur backyard grillers options to heat things
up on the grill. There are recipes for alligator ribs and
Pork Chardonnay (the recipe calls for a 10 ½ pound
wild pig) for the courageous grilling masters and classic
barbecue dishes like BBQ Beef short ribs and Beer
Can Chicken BBQ.
But what about those guests at the party that cringe at just
the mention of meat? Fortunately there are plenty of veggie
friendly grilling recipes that will satisfy even your most
omnivorous guest. Although, you might want to get a veggie
grill basket so you don't lose your dinner between the grates.
Fresh Herbed and Goat Cheese stuffed Portobello Mushrooms
and Grilled Zucchini over Baby Spinach are just two of the
immeasurable barbecue veggie recipes out there. And those
are just the ones that are printed. Take charge in the backyard
and come up with a new spin on old grill favorites!
Do a little research to find out which types of wines best
accompany your dish. The traditional idea that red wines go
with red meat and white wines go with white is still true
to form, but isn't as rigid as it used to be. Today's cuisine
comes from all kinds of cultural backgrounds, so finding the
right pairing of food and wine comes with a wine that will
enhance the flavor of the food in either similarities or differences
within the body and taste.
If you're more of a beer drinker, look for beers that are
local to your area and try them with different meals, and
keep track of everyone's drink with etch-it-cups, from www.plumparty.com,
which put a modern twist on the traditional wine charm. But
above all, don't stress over having the perfect match of dinner
and drink. No matter what you serve, how you serve it or what
you serve it with, remember that good food and good company
are the two essential factors to a successful backyard barbecue.
Nocciolino is a copywriter for DMi
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