Last summer my friend Jake (not his real name for reasons that will soon be obvious) invited 30 of his closest buddies over, thinking he’d impress them with his barbecue know-how. There was poor Jake, arms flying as he was furiously flipping burgers on the tiny Hibachi grill he picked up at a yard sale. Jake knows now that when it comes to barbecue grills, size DOES matter.
This is only the tip on the iceberg of Jake’s barbecue troubles. I’ll never forget the time he poured half a can of lighter fluid on the charcoal. The ensuing explosion singed his eyebrows and had the neighbors running over with their garden hose, cell phone in hand to call the fire department!
Jake’s dog, Bruno, was one of the few who looked forward to his backyard get-togethers. Bruno pranced impatiently around the barbecue grill, waiting to fall heir to those rock-like hamburger patties, which he was sure were some new chew treat made especially for him.
I recently read Randy Pryor’s Barbeque Secrets Revealed! and, using the information in this book, even someone with singed eyebrows and the fire department on speed dial will have no trouble creating the killer barbecue feast of his dreams.
A good place to begin is finding the perfect barbecue grill. Even though no barbecue grill will guarantee your beef brisket wouldn’t be better used as a doorstop, it will certainly help. Consider these important questions:
Would you rather cook with gas or charcoal?
How much meat would you like to cook?
How much money do you want to spend?
Barbecue grills come in all price ranges – from a few dollars up to about $6,000. Yes, it’s possible to spend a month’s salary on a fancy-schmancy barbecue grill, but it’s probably best to start somewhere between yard sales and mortgaging Bruno’s doghouse.
Barbecue grills using wood as a heat source usually have an adjustable grilling surface that can be raised or lowered to control cooking. The classic wood grill can handle anywhere from 20 to 80 pounds of meat at one time, while a professional grill will cook 100 pounds or more. Or there’s the simpler kettle grill that you’ve probably seen at your local supermarket.
Some wood grills provide different height cooking surfaces, offering more control of your heat source – which will no doubt improve your reputation with your friends at the fire department! You can cook pretty much anything from beef to buffalo on this grill. Add some flavored wood chips, a great sauce, and you’re ready to go.
The gas barbecue grill, which is excellent for broiling burgers and weenies, derives its heat from gas like propane, butane, or natural gas, and doesn’t use wood or wood substances for heat. A gas burner heats the permanent briquettes in the bottom of the grill radiating the heat evenly.
Gas grills are convenient to use, especially for the barbecue challenged. Simply turn the knob, push the starter button, set the temperature and start cooking. The maintenance and clean-up with a gas barbecue grill is a little more involved however.
Once you’ve got your barbecue grill and invited your friends over, you can tell the fire department to stand down and get ready to create your barbecue masterpiece. Here’s one my favorite recipes from Barbecue Secrets Revealed! for a great sauce that’s sure make your guests forget that last untimely explosion.
Amazing All Purpose Barbecue Sauce
1 cup Catsup
1 tbl. Worcestershire sauce
2 dash Bottled hot pepper sauce
1 cup Water
1/4 cup Vinegar
1 tbl. Brown sugar
1 tsp. Salt
1 tsp. Celery seed
1 tbl. Minced onions
Combine all ingredients in a slow-cooking pot. Cover and cook on low for 2 to 3 hours.
This recipe makes 2 – 2 1/4 cups sauce. It’s tasty on pork chops, spareribs, chicken, and sliced roast beef.
Oh, remember Jake? He ended up building his own backyard barbecue grill – but that’s another story!
Dusty Patterson learned so much from Randy Pryor’s book “Barbecue Secrets Revealed”! How to Barbecue Like A Barbarian And Grill Like a Grand Chef!” that he convinced Randy to let him spread the word! For killer BBQ recipes, tips and tricks, sign up for their free newsletter at [http://www.Barbecue-Secrets.com]
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