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May Is Also National Barbecue Month!

Barbecue, barbeque, or BBQ – however way you like spelling it, you will probably agree that there is nothing like a huge plate of barbecued ribs to fill up a hungry belly. This month, we celebrate National Hamburger Month, and at the same time, the loveliness that is barbecue is also being given its due. Yes, folks, it is National Barbecue Month.

The term barbecue can be used to refer to the food, to the gathering/event wherein people get together to feast on grilled meat, and even the device used to cook the meat. It doesn’t matter what you refer to when you use the word, though, the mere mention of “barbecue” will put a wide smile on anyone’s face!

Barbecue Techniques

Barbecuing can be done in many ways. There are several techniques that are employed when cooking meat to barbecued perfection.


Smoked Ribs
Smoking is considered the original barbecue technique, wherein the meat is exposed to smoke at relatively low temperatures. Usually, smoking requires around 115 degrees Celsius (240 degrees Fahrenheit). Due to the low temperature, the cooking time is longer. In this method, wood chips are very important as they create the smoke and give the meat flavor.

This Smoked Barbecue Baby Back Ribs Recipe is a great example of how smoking can give you that unmistakable flavor and tenderness.


Baked Baby Back Ribs
Barbecue can also be baked in an oven. One can use the conventional oven or a masonry oven. The important factor is the use of the principle of convection to cook the meat. Using this method, the meat is cooked much faster as compared to smoking. Just because there are no wood chips involved, it does not mean that the flavor is any less intense. Try this Tangy BBQ Ribs, and you’ll know what I mean.


Grilled Chicken Barbecue
Grilling is the most commonly used method when barbecuing. This requires a hot fire – more than 260 degress Celsius (500 degrees Fahrenheit) – with the meat being placed directly over it. From beef to pork to chicken – grilling is perhaps the favorite cooking activity of people when the weather permits. Why not try this Basic Chicken Barbecue Recipe for dinner?

Some of the Best Barbecue Recipes

Dry Rubbed BBQ Chicken

Dry Rubbed BBQ ChickenChicken barbecue is a favorite among many, especially those who avoid eating red meat. You can barbecue practically any part of the chicken, but the breast is a good choice for those who need less fat in their diet.

This Dry Rubbed BBQ Chicken recipe makes use of chicken breasts and ensures flavor by brining – soaking the meat in a salt solution – prior to cooking. After brining, more flavor is added by rubbing spices on the meat. The result is tender and juicy barbecued meat! It is better to leave the skin on when cooking, but you can always opt to remove the skin and not eat it!

Bourbon Barbecue Pork Ribs

Bourbon Barbecued RibsBarbecued pork ribs with meat falling off the bone…what can be better than that? I am sure that the image and the recipe name alone make you want to get your hands on some right now! Add some bourbon into the mix, and you definitely have a winner!

These Bourbon Barbecue Pork Ribs is perfect for a weekend get together with your family and friends. The good thing is that you can prepare everything the night before and just store the ribs in the fridge. Actually, the recipe suggests that you do that for best results.

Seattle BBQ Beef Ribs

Seattle Barbecue Beef RibsIf you can’t get enough of red meat, then these
Seattle BBQ Beef Ribs will make you happy. There is something to be said about a full rack of ribs dripping with barbecue sauce. Forget having to eat with utensils when you make these ribs – all you need are your fingers and a huge appetite!

Here’s a tip: if you want the beef ribs to be awesomely tender, use a slow cooker to pre-cook the ribs. You can make the ribs tender by boiling, but the slow cooker does make a difference.

More BBQ Recipes

The weather’s finally perfect for a barbecue, why don’t you fire up your grills or heat up your ovens and organize a celebration for National Barbecue Month this weekend?

Images via Mike Willis, Patricia W., stevendepolo

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