Wednesday, June 13, 2012

7 Things Necessary for a Good Barbecue

This is one of Mamakat's prompts.  I was hankering for some  brisket, and that's how this ball got rolling!

Barbecued meat is awesome.  Tender, juicy, melt in your mouth goodness.  I'm drooling already, thinking of those fajitas, ribs, and brisket.   Yummy doesn't even begin to describe it.  There are a few necessities before you start barbecuing, however.  Pay Attention!  


1.  A Grill with a Smoker   The best barbecue meats are meant to be cooked slowly over hours, sometimes days.

2.  A Person to Man the Grill  I am not allowed to be around open flames for the same reason that I am not allowed to touch power tools--accidents happen.  So I volunteer someone else to be the cook.

3.  A slab of meat   Some prefer pork, other prefer a nice brisket.  Ribs come in white and dark meat. It's all good.

4.  Marinade/rub  You may need to marinade some cuts of meat to get then softened up with a bit of flavoring. At least that is what most fajita aficionados claim.  Other cooks swear by a rub of spices over the meat prior to cooking. 

5.  Mesquite wood is a key component in Texas Barbecue  It's a good wood that burns well, and creates a pleasant smoke for smokers.   Other wood will do, but it won't be the same as mesquite.

6.  A Barbecue sauce  Nothing brings a meal together like a good barbecue sauce.  Not too runny, not too thick, a good sauce adds a bit of a tang to the meat that makes your mouth water.  It complements the flavor of the meat. 

7.  Lots of napkins   Barbecue is messy. Wear clothing that you don't mind getting messy, or maybe one of those disposable hazmat outfits. If you're not covered in at least three spots with barbecue sauce, you've done something wrong. 

10 comments:

  1. I'm really hungry now! BBQ is good for breakfast, right?

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    1. Barbecue is most assuredly good for breakfast!

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  2. Funny. I'm searching the universe today for a grill for Tony for father's day. Our has had it and it's time for a new one. (Don't tell, kay?) In my research I have come across infrared grills for more even, idiot proof, cooking... which sounds good, but then what will I do when I don't have to man the grill with a fire extinguisher?

    I might have time before dinner to, oh, I don't know... relax or something crazy like that...

    So yeah, the search for the perfect grill continues... and the perfect price. HOLY cow, have you seen the tags on some of these things????

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    1. Yes. Yes, I have seen those price tags!

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  3. Haha! I haven't posted my MamaKat's prompt, yet, but ours sound very similar! Too bad we're not close enough to enjoy a Texas BBQ together this summer!

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  4. My yummy snack mix just turned so incredibly lame!!!!

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    1. You will have your husband out there grilling in no time!

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  5. My sister is an honorary Texan, but she smokes a brisket like a native. Sadly I do not live in a part of the country known for its barbeque, and your post has made me very hungry. Guess I'll go have a cheesesteak instead.

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    1. Mmmmmmmm...cheesesteak. That sounds so very yummy!

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