Have your ribs and eat your brisket too in a gloriously gluttonous celebration of Barbecue Day, observed annually on July 4.
From perfectly-seared-on-the-outside and juicy-on-the-inside steaks, to saucy ribs to spice-rubbed chicken, barbecue fare is everywhere. It is the quintessential outdoor pastime from spring through autumn and in some locales barbecuing is enjoyed throughout the year.
From the variety of foods that get thrown on the barbie to the settings where such food is served up, all barbecues have one thing in common. A grill is absolutely necessary.
Whether you power it up with gas or charcoal, flaming heat is the source of those characteristic black lines that brand meats, poultry, fish, vegetables and breads.
Sauces that range in flavors from tangy tomato to piquant mustard to Asian appeal get slathered onto the meat along with mops of added sauce for good measure.
For lighter fare, spice rubs pack a hefty punch of complex flavors and seasoned oils are used for brushing onto vegetables. In other words, as long as grill marks and smoky aromas are going to happen, when it comes to barbecue, there are no rules.
Celebrate by firing up the grill and hosting friends to a day of good fun and good eating. Ribs must be on the menu, they are the classics that few meat eaters can resist.
Skewered shrimp wrapped in bacon, and jalapeños stuffed with cheese are great appetizers and should be cooked first. Everyone will enjoy the nibbles while the ribs occupy the grill.
Toss cob corn onto the grill and have lots of coleslaw on hand. Don’t forget the napkins and wet wipes. Offer beer and iced tea to wash it all down and to toast everyone a happy Barbecue Day!