Archive for January, 2007

BBQ Riblets

Ribs are getting pretty popular these days. As a matter of fact millions of pounds of ribs are sold around the world every month. Not bad for this barbeque favorite. Likewise, rib parts are gaining their much-deserved attention, since many restaurants, butchers, and supermarkets are out on a frenzy just to give each rib part a catchy name. And so came the riblets, a much under-used rib part which soon found its way into the meat section of your neighborhood supermarket.

The riblets are cut from back of the spare ribs top straighten them out. These parts were usually thrown out in large piles but now they are readily available in many stores. No matter what the occasion, riblets are added to make a great dish. And of course, we can grill riblets to produce zesty barbeques. Here’s a barbeque recipe that will surely leave every mouth craving for more. You will need

2 pounds riblets
2 cups Barbeque sauce
1 cup water
2 tablespoons liquid smoke
2 cloves garlic, minced
salt and pepper to taste

First, you will have to season the riblets with salt, pepper and garlic. Place the ribs in a medium hot grill and turn it on each side until they are completely done. Put the riblets in a broiler pan and place it in an oven at 275 degrees Fahrenheit for 2 to 5 hours. Brush the ribs with generous amounts of barbeque sauce.

Vegan Barbeque

Vegetarians follow a strict diet free from meat like beef, poultry, fish, or their by-products. More and more Americans adhere to this kind of lifestyle because of health reasons. But just because you’re vegetarian doesn’t mean that you cannot enjoy eating barbeque. There are a lot of alternatives that can give you the taste of real barbeque minus the fat and cholesterol.

Vegan barbeques is the solution. Now you do not have to miss a thing when the grill starts to fire up. You can make your own skewers by mixing vegetables or other alternative meat products to add new dimension to your otherwise boring veggie diet.

Some popular vegetables that can also work well when grilled are mushrooms, small onions, green onions, asparagus, artichoke, zucchini and eggplants. When making these vegetable kabobs, brush on some olive oil to avoid sticking to the grill. Also, it’s better to use wooden skewers instead of metal to avoid the veggies to split in half. For the marinade, you can either use teriyaki marinade or olive oil and lemon marinade (combination of olive oil, lemon juice, and pepper) for the seasoning.

Cranberry Maple Barbeque Sauce

Any outdoor activity, whether it is a family picnic, camping or just a very simple cookout, would not be complete without our all-time favorite barbeque. And of course every barbeque deserves a great-tasting sauce. In America, there are different types of barbeque sauces that are being used to prepare this delicious treat.

But the most original and oldest of these sauces is the vinegar and pepper sauce. This sauce dates back to hundreds of years in history. Since then, the barbeque sauce has evolved into other variants that equally add flavor and savor to our favorite barbeque. Here is a unique variation of the barbeque sauce that you should try when making zesty barbeques at home.

The ingredients are the following:

1 tsp oil
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 cup Cranberry Sauce
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup ketchup
1/4 cup cider vinegar

Heat the oil in a non-stick sauce pan. Sauté the onion until it is soft. Put into the saucepan the other remaining ingredients and bring it to a boil. Simmer for twenty minutes while stirring it occasionally. Put the mixture into a blender and blend it using high speed. Stop blending when the mixture is smooth. Store it in the refrigerator for a week. Use the sauce to marinate the meat.

Shopping for the Perfect BBQ Accessory

Barbeque parties and BBQ dishes are getting more popular nowadays. Grilled recipes are simply superb. Yet it is not so much the rich and tasty food that attracts people especially families, but rather it is the entire barbeque experience, which is more important. For, BBQ parties are a perfect time for family bonding.

If you want to spend a great time with your family, you should try BBQ parties more often. Of course, you need to have all the necessary accessories in order to fully enjoy the activity. There are 5 things you need to consider before buying a BBQ.

First is cooking surface’s size and quality. Choose the number of burners depending on your family needs. Moreover, opt for a quality iron surface. Second is choosing between a portable or a built in BBQ. A portable BBQ is perfect for family picnics while a built-in is suitable for business. Third is buying right grills, hot plates, and baking dishes. Fourth is the flame tamer or the rock. The flame tamer is made of cast iron or metal while the rock is usually the ceramic type. Fifth is choosing between a bottled or a natural gas burner.

Seasoning Injector

Yeah, an injector for barbeque sauce may seem quite odd, and you would not probably use it in your recipes. But, I am also sure that you would not want your barbeque to be all dried up. As we grill our food, it naturally releases oils and juices that literally drip on to the charcoal or evaporate in the air. We can do something about that by injecting the food enough fluid so it will not completely dry.

When I said fluid, I meant flavoring. We usually marinate the food before cooking it or if we are in a hurry, we prepare barbeque sauce and brush it on the meat. Though these are pretty good ideas, most of the time, the flavor is not absorbed entirely by the food. The food ends up salty on the outside and tasteless on the inside.

The seasoning injector will enable us to directly put flavorings in the meat so it will immediately contain and absorb the marinade or meat sauce. While cooking, as the natural process of releasing juices and flavors occurs, the meat still has enough stock of fluid, thus sealing the flavor. The injector is strong enough to last for years. It works just like any ordinary syringes.

See Beyond The Smoke

I really find it difficult grilling my favorite barbeque recipes when the smoke gets in my eyes. I would rub my eyes, and later I find my self crying over the painful irritation the smoke caused my sight. The smoke turns wherever direction the wind pushes it, so unless I stand opposite its path I cannot fight it back. But, lately my father bought specially crafted glasses for grilling.

He called it the smoke-free glasses. Unlike ordinary glasses, this one protects and seals the eyes from smoke. It is made of plastic, and is so light one would not even notice wearing it while grilling.

The lenses of the glasses have specially-shaped foams that fit and enclose the surrounding eye areas. The design also helps prevent sweat falling from the forehead to the eyes. The person wearing would notice that the glasses only reveal the eyes. It is mainly designed for protection and convenience. The glasses help grillers clearly see the food while cooking. Using this type of glasses will not only safeguard the eyes, but prevent food from getting burned because grillers can freely stay beside the barbeque grill to flip the food without getting irritated by the smoke.

Bradley BBQ Smokers

For all those who don’t know what a barbecue smoker , it is a type of grill that makes use of special elements to give the meat a unique smoke flavor and aroma. These elements may be moisture, scent of the wood, and not to forget, heat. Barbecue smokers are the best way to cook meat and ribs that are far from the conventional barbecue we have gotten used to.

A good example of a barbecue smoker is the Original Bradley Smoker. It’s a unique smoker that regulates the amount of smoke using a smoke generator so it can cook your food the way you like it. It produces clean and fresh smoke unlike electric smokers and does not produce resins and acids that can give a bad taste to your food and harm your health. When cooking barbecue through the Bradley Smoker, you’ll notice a different, more inviting taste and aroma to your meat. The meat taste much better without any bad aftertaste. Since the smoke generator produces continuous smoke for eight hours, you need not attend to it every now and them. Summer is the perfect time to cook barbecue and it’s also the perfect time to buy a Bradley smoker.

Essentials of BBQ

Perhaps, the most popular pastime of all people is eating. There are some individuals who do some food trip when they’re sad to forget their problems. In a way, their attention is diverted to the food they’re eating instead of the troubles of life. They eat any kind of food.

In celebrations, there are many delectable delicacies that are served. One of the usual delicacies is BBQ. This is not only perfect for parties and gatherings, but also for campings and outdoor activities. This is so because it is very easy to prepare and the ingredients are affordable.

However, if you wish to host a wonderful barbecue party, you will need the different tools or accessories in order to maximize your barbecue’s potential. Among the tools you need to have are the flippers of burger, tongs, and turners. These will make you feel more confident with the result of your barbecuing. You also need to have books on barbecue to improve your skills in barbecuing. The recipe book will serve as your guide on your barbecue recipe. But before actually barbecuing, you need to wear aprons and gloves to protect your hands and clothes. You can also buy covers for the barbecue. Aside from these there are other accessories that will surely help you in making a perfect barbecue party.

Coca cola Barbeque Sauce

Barbecues are present in almost all gatherings especially the simple ones. They are sometimes served as appetizers. They are also perfect for outdoor cooking activities because they are very easy to prepare. But you must know that a barbecue would not be complete without the equally delicious sauce. Here is a sauce that would certainly make more delightful barbecues.

1 can of coke (12 oz.)
1 1/2 cups of ketchup
1 cup of onion chopped finely
1/4 cup of cider vinegar
1/4 cup of Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. salt
hot sauce of pepper

1. Mix all the ingredients in a sauce pan.
2. Bring the mixture to boil and let it cook for 30 to 45 minutes over a medium fire.
3. Stir it occasionally until the sauce thickens
4. Season with the sauce of hot pepper.

The process is very simple, so you can do it the next time you go for outing with your family. It is also very affordable.

Healthy Barbeques

Did you know that grilling meat is older than the oldest civilization in history? That’s right, barbeque has really come along way from the primitive to the modern world. Although times have changed, barbeque remains a constant favorite for people who love doing outdoor cooking. But for health concerns, eating barbecue has been limited to grilling vegetable kebabs that are just boring. But since meat barbecue has been studied to emit cancer-causing substances known as carcinogens (read my article on Barbecue and Your Health), master chefs and even nutritionists have found a way to pig out on barbecue while not at risk for cancer.

The best thing about barbecue is you can try on experimenting your own recipe, use your own ingredients and sauces and still come up with that signature barbecue taste. I think it has something to do with the charcoal grill. Anyways, barbecue now is limitless. You can use tomatoes, aubergine, onions, mushrooms, pineapple, bell pepper, anything as long as its edible. Put these treats in a skewer, brush in some oil and grill. Barbecue is best eaten with side dishes such as coleslaw, green or potato salad. But if you can’t totally get rid of meat, then indulge on it once in a while.