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Jun 02, 2022 | Samuel Albert
To get into the summer mood, start the BBQ in your backyard. Get your supplies together - charcoal, wood/gas, seasoning, sauces, BBQ tools, and of course, the meat. Above all, what really matters is the quality of your meat, the chief ingredient. Really, nothing else matters!
Beef and pork are considered the best meats for barbecue. Lamb, goat, poultry (the choice being locality-based - chicken, duck, turkey, quail, or any game food), and seafood are other popular options.
You don't have to be a pitmaster to grill up your favorite BBQ meat. With numerous meat choices suitable for barbecue and mastery of a few grilling skills, you can make your own goofproof barbecues in no time, in a grill, or on a smoker.
Come, let us dig deeper into this subject as to why you should opt for one over the other.
While many steak cuts are available for grilling purposes, I would choose these arguably good ones over the rest for my BBQ.
The choicest part of the tenderloin is Filet Mignon which comes from the center of the tenderloin and yields the juiciest and most succulent steak for your steak cravings.
Keep a close watch while cooking as it is a lean cut of meat. It is an excellent choice for dieters and weight watchers.
With bone, this cut is called rib steak. It has two advantages: It comes from one of the delicate parts of the animal and has a surprisingly luxurious marbled texture. So, packed with all the fat and tenderness, it gives a deeper flavor to the dish.
Roasted or grilled vegetables and wedge salad are healthier choices that go well with this steak, although it tastes great with Mac and Cheese, bread, and fries as well.
III) Strip Steak: One of its many names is New York Strip Steak, as it originated from the city. Though not very tender, it combines lean cut and fat with a bold, beefy flavor. The meat can be made tender by pounding with a meat hammer.
Serve it with scalloped potatoes. Or grill some broccoli or Brussel sprouts alongside, and the meal is ready to be served in no time.
Make fajitas with flank steak for a lip-smacking experience. It also goes well with freshly baked bread, pasta, and veggies of your choice.
Apart from being a healthier option than the rib eye, it is economical. Plan this grilled steak frequently for your dinner, along with some delectable sandwiches or stir fries.
This pairs well with grilled mushrooms, Chilean salsa, and sauteed spinach.
VII) Porterhouse Steak: This big portion steak is a hearty meal in itself for more than one. It includes a Filet Mignon and a strip steak and is quite a tender cut.
Ceaser salad and baked potatoes go along well with Porterhouse.
Skirt Steak, Bone-In Rib Eye, Bone-In Strip Steak, Bone-In Filet Mignon, Strip Filet, Ribeye Filet, Flat Iron Steak, Ribeye Cap Steak, Bistro Steak, and Picanha are some of the good choices that you could try.
The inside temperature of the meat mostly ranges from 130 ℉ to 135 ℉ on the meat thermometer.
While preparing thicker cuts or cuts with bone in them, approx. 160 ℉ to 165 ℉ is optimal.
When it comes to grilling pork cuts, there are a plethora of options but let me just select the best ones for you.
Try them with baked beans or your favorite potato salad for a complete meal.
Green beans, grilled vegetables, or coleslaw salad are great sides for spare ribs.
iii) Country Style Ribs - These absolute favorites have more meat in them than bones. So, if you're a meat lover, choose these ones over the others. You are sure to enjoy your culinary journey, preparing it and sharing it with your friends and family.
They go well with country-style baby lima beans, barbecue black-eyed peas, or BBQ roasted potatoes.
Approx. 350 ℉.
Lamb: Grilling is adventurous, so is choosing different meat for grilling. Divert from the beaten path of beef and pork once in a while towards the gamey flavor of lamb.
Rib, rump, legs, and loin are a few famous cuts best suited for grilling. However, when selecting the lamb for grilling, choose young animal cuts as they are tender and can cook quickly. By looking at the cuts, you can tell if the animal is young.
A crucial point to note when grilling lamb is the preparation. First, choose your meat tenderizer. Next, soak the cut in the marinade, preferably overnight or at least the amount of time your recipe calls for. Marinating the meat with a tenderizer makes the grilled meat delicate and soft and helps the flavors of the spices and herbs steep deep inside the lamb.
Garlic, pepper, ginger, mint, parsley, bay leaf, and thyme greatly enhance the grilled dish's flavor. Spices complement the taste of the meat, so don't forget to add them in if you like spicy lamb meat. Grilled lamb meat is scrumptious and is a must try if you have not tried it at least once.
Grilling lamb chops is pretty much the same as you would grill pork or beef. At the finish, the internal temperature should read 135 ℉. Keep a drip bowl at the bottom to collect the fat and liquid dribble from the cuts and reserve it for soup or stock. You don't want to waste the delicious drippings.
Plan and add more veggies and herbs on the sides to make the meal healthy, as lamb is the fattest of all meats.
If you are looking for other options to cut the fat, you can trim the fat away before grilling and discard the fatty drippings after grilling.
Poultry: Poultry is a pleasant option for barbecuers who prefer to limit their fat intake and watch their calories. The added advantage of this versatile white meat is easy cooking and less prep time.
BBQ is a low-slow cook method. It often takes 1-2 hours for that authentic barbecue chicken with a smoky flavor.
Grilling on a griddle is a relatively quicker option requiring approximately 10-12 minutes.
Approx. 160 ℉. Use a meat probe thermometer for measuring the temperature, which would rise to 165 ℉ during the resting period even after removing the meat from heat.
Boneless and skinless chicken does not taste as good as the skin-on, bone-in ones. The only difference is the taste and flavor, which comes from the chicken's skin. However, the cooking and basting part is almost the same for both.
Also, the boneless, skinless ones cook way faster than the bone-in, skin-on category.
So, when it comes to chicken suitable for grilling, tastewise, unskinned chicken with bone-in is the best option.
Some Tips For Grilling Chicken:
Whatever seasoning you opt for barbecuing your chicken, the dish will be delicious when properly cooked.
We don't want uncooked insides or charred outsides, so try and avoid barbecuing or grilling unsized, big chicken, which makes the process hard. So, if it's a large chunk of chicken, halve it and toast it over the grill or BBQ it for uniform cooking.
Baste with your favorite BBQ sauce in the end. The sugars in the sauce will caramelize and burn if applied earlier. The final touch of the gorgeous reddish-brown color can be attained every single time by searing on both sides for a few minutes.
Turkey: When you are game for something distinct, turkey is a terrific option. So, whether you opt for a whole turkey roast for Thanksgiving or just wings, thigh, boneless breast, or breast with bone, it is going to be a whole new experience. So, put your BBQ gloves on, and let's start grilling.
If you are a beginner BBQer, select a small turkey if you would like to learn to grill the whole bird. It is relatively easy when the portion is small as there is less chance of the recipe failing. However, practice makes things perfect. As time goes by, you can confidently venture out and grill a large turkey with absolute ease and confidence.
Fish comes to the rescue of seafood enthusiasts who love barbecuing seafood. However, not all fish are suitable for BBQ. Soft, flaky fish can't withstand the grill's high heat and might fall off the bone while grilling.
So, make sure you choose a firm, hard fish like salmon, tuna, red snapper, swordfish, halibut, or similar hardy ones for your grilling expedition. The choice of the fish and the freshness is what really matters.
Grilling shrimp is way easier than you think it is. Keeping the shells on help retain the moisture. Make sure you don't grill over 5 minutes, as it can toughen the shrimp meat.
So, now that you've made your choice, there is no stopping you. But, of course, no celebration is complete without the delectable, juicy grilled delicacy. But, it Better Be Quick (BBQ)!