When it comes to outdoor cooking, it’s hard to imagine what a “perfect” barbecue would be like. Would it have an abundance of your favorite foods? Will all your friends and family be there? Or will it have live music, entertainment, and nine yards?
In truth, since it’s a subjective term, everyone likely has a different idea in mind for what a “perfect” barbecue would be. But while our definitions may vary, most of us can probably agree that a perfect barbeque would go off without a hitch and also have a few pleasant surprises that set it apart from the rest.
With this in mind, the following are a few things you should consider when planning your next barbeque to ensure a glorious BBQ for ages.
Coal or Electric
One question you’ll be confronted with when hosting a barbeque is whether you want to use a coal or electric grill. If you’re looking for what will give you the best-tasting food, you can’t go wrong with coal. Some people will tell you there’s just no comparing the taste of charcoal meat with the taste of electricity.
However, there are a couple of downsides when it comes to coal grilling. First, coal grills are typically smaller than electric, which leads to less space being available for barbeque food.
Second, coal grills can sometimes cook food unevenly, resulting in undercooked meat, ultimately leading to food poisoning. Knowing this, if you will be cooking for a large crowd or want to cook more food for your friends and family, your best bet would be to use an electric grill.
What to Grill
At a barbeque, everyone expects the usual suspects — hot dogs, brats, hamburgers and wings — but what some people neglect to throw on the grill is perhaps the most important food group: veggies. For whatever reason, veggies are often overlooked in barbecuing, which is truly one of the greatest tragedies of modern barbequing.
Not only does grilling veggies serve to caramelize them, accentuating key sugars and flavors to make them more savory and generally delicious, but having veggies at your barbecue adds a whole other dimension to the variety of your event. What’s more, if you have any unexpected vegetarian guests, you’ll also be able to serve them!
In some ways, preparing to host a barbecue is intuitive. For instance, you should, of course, remember to tidy up around the area where your guests will be, clean the grill, and make sure that you have more than enough food for everyone you expect to come.
However, it’s also important to remember that you should marinate your meat for 24 hours for maximum flavor (or at least let it marinate overnight.) Also, if you want to host a barbeque for the history books, making your own homemade sauces may be worthwhile, or simply buying some lesser-known sauces from the grocery store
By offering a variety of sauces, you’ll be offering your guests more choices to enjoy themselves, and it’s hard to go wrong in that regard. One final note: If you use an electric grill, don’t forget to have enough propane on deck!
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