Five Summer Barbecue Essentials
Article by Joshua Adekane
There isn’t anything that smells more heavenly than crisp and fatty barbecue meat sizzling and cooking on a hot grill. Your neighbors will love the smell of barbecue cooking at your own house and immediately follow where it’s coming from. When you are grilling barbecue in your backyard, you wouldn’t want to do it without drinking an ice-cold beer or a soda, yet you also don’t want your work table from getting wet, which is why you need to have a koozie on stand by. Whether you also choose to have a beach barbecue or a pool-side barbecue to keep your body cool and quench your thirst, you will always want something cold to drink nearby, thus the need for those koozies.
Number 1) Barbecue Grill
Prior to readying those charcoal and hot stones or whatever you use for that barbecue grill as well as other equipments, keep a cooler full of ice with assorted beverages for those who want to watch how you work and have that great conversation in front of the grill. In addition, take those koozies out for guests who want to hang out near the grill to protect their beverages, since the grill will really steam them. Collect your stuff together to prevent frequent trips to and from the house like previously mentioned; ready the grill, gas and and coals. Of course, a grill that’s in top condition must be ready especially if it’s a brick one; make sure it is clean. The choice is entirely up to you. You also need fuel depending on your grill heat source. Then fire it up and let it get to your desired cooking temperature.
Number 2) Something to Barbecue
What’s a barbecue grill for without that delectable meat to grill? Make sure that you have enough to share with everybody. Cover your meat and keep it cool (not frozen) while you are readying your barbecue grill so it stays fresh before you put them on the grill. You can barbecue any type of meat from whole pigs to hamburgers, hot dogs and steaks and don’t forget chicken. Sausages are also excellent barbecue picks.
Number 3) Sauces and Seasonings
Don’t just put that raw meat on the grill to cook and expect wonders; you must also marinate or sprinkle with some goodness while doing so. You can use a sauce mop to swish barbecue sauce directly onto the meat. Wood chips like hickory will make your barbecue smell and taste perfectly. Dried hardwoods are good for cooking because they don’t sap and bring out strange taste to your meat. These can be soaked or not and there are opinions that go both directions. You can also sprinkle dried herbs and even rub the meat with herbs for that added aroma.
Number 4) Barbecue Accessories
This can include forks, potholders or grill gloves, a spray bottle to maintain down the heat flares, a fast read thermometer, and tongs to name a few. Have them nearby so you can easily get to them when you need them.
Number 5) Cold Beverage
When you are barbecuing it usually is a warm day or evening so obviously you must have anything to soothe the throat as you grill. That heat will surely get hot as you stand in front of it. In addition, have the can inside a koozie to maintain the can from dripping on your grill.
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