We have all been to a summer barbecue where the ribs were dry, or the burgers were burnt. You just had pool service, the lawn mowed and the trees trimmed, and you are ready to host the family for a barbecue this summer and want everything to be absolutely perfect, showing up your brother in law isn’t a bad thing! Here are four tips for the ideal barbecue to get it right every time.
- Get a Smoker
If you want that genuine smoky flavor, then you’re going to need a smoker. You can probably grab one from Home Depot or another big box home improvement store. You have plenty of models to choose from along with different options as far as wood chips and flavor. Smokers can run the gamut from relatively cheap up to thousands of dollars.
- Take Your Time
Whether you use the smoker or the regular grill for cooking your meat, you are going to want to take your time. Delicious barbecue takes hours. Realistically it can take anywhere from 4 hours for ribs to the entire day for a good brisket.
- Develop a Good Rub
Your meat needs seasoning; this is done beforehand by mixing together spices and rubbing them into the meat. You can let it sit with the rub on in your fridge overnight before you cook. A good rub is a closely guarded secret, and every barbecue master has their own. Scour the internet looking for one that looks good and don’t be afraid to experiment.
- Only Add Sauce at the End
If you want those juicy ribs that are dripping with sauce, then you need to apply it liberally at the end. Most barbecue aficionados will make their own, and like the recipe for the rub, they may not want to share their secrets. Find a good cookbook with barbecue recipes and try out a couple of different sauces. You also need to be careful with the sugar. Barbecue sauce usually has a ton of sugar even the spicy sauces; sugar will burn reasonably quickly so you want to put it on at the very end or you will end up with meat that looks and tastes like charcoal.
Barbecuing isn’t tricky, but you’re going to need some patience, and these grilling tips will help. So the next family gathering where you’re in charge of the grill you can wow your friends and family with your new grilling skills.