Try some new BBQ ideas!
You really love outdoor BBQ cooking and barbecued foods, but you find yourself running out of BBQ ideas. You’re getting bored with the usual American recipes for smoked pork shoulder, ribs, pork chops, bbq chicken, hamburgers, and steaks. What else can you throw on the grill or smoker to liven things up a little? Consider the following BBQ ideas:
Venison – Deer meat is great on the grill or the smoker. The backstraps can be sliced into steaks and grilled just like ribeyes. Roasts can be smoked for several hours and served sliced. They can also be “pulled” just like pork shoulders and mixed with barbecue sauce.
Quail – These birds are awesome! Try wrapping the quail with maple-cured bacon and grilling or smoking until done. Figure two birds per person.
Crabs – Whole grilled crabs are great! Just place boiled crabs on the grill for a few minutes, with the lid closed. The crabs will get a subtle smoky flavor. Crab legs are good on the grill, too. Since they’re already cooked, they need to stay on the grill just long enough to get hot.
Shrimp – Very large shrimp can be cooked on the grill individually, and smaller shrimp can be threaded onto skewers and grilled. Shrimp can also be placed in a pan, drizzled with butter, sprinkled with herbs and spices, and cooked on a grill or smoker.
Scallops – Grill large scallops directly on the grates after brushing the flesh and the grates with oil. You might also want to wrap the scallops with bacon first, or thread them on skewers to grill.
Salmon – Grilled or smoked salmon is a favorite with many people. Use salmon steaks for small groups, or a large whole salmon for larger groups.
Other fish – Just about any fish can be successfully cooked on a grill. Choose fillets, steaks, or whole dressed fish. Fish cook quickly, so be sure not to let them get too dry. Whole fish can be stuffed with onions, garlic, lemon or lime slices, or fresh herbs.
You can also excite your palate with some different barbecue sauces, even when you’re cooking traditional meats. A different sauce can go a long way in changing the flavor of meats, poultry, and fish. Try some blackberry bbq sauce, raspberry-chipotle sauce, peach bbq sauce, habanero-honey sauce, or some other new sauce. Unless you’re adding the sauce to the meat before or during cooking, provide several different sauces to go with the meat.