Having people over for BBQ? Instead of the same old, why don’t you try something that will blow their minds? BBQ food isn’t known for its elegance or its delicate aromas, but it can still pack a powerful culinary experience through smoky and strong flavors.
Check out these 5 amazing BBQ food ideas for your next outdoor cooking event.
1. Pasta Salad, Corn on the Cob, and other Starters
BBQ is not just roasted meat. In its essence, cooking a BBQ is creating an experience for friends and family to bond over food. This experience starts from the moment your guests arrive and before the meat itself is ready.
So, how do you start this amazing social tradition? The answer lies in delectable starters. If your guests are getting puckish from all the smoky aromas, but the meat isn’t ready yet, a pasta salad can save you.
Making pasta salad is easy, and you can follow it up with other easy but amazing starters like corn on the cob and perhaps even potato chips with assorted dips.
2. Country-Style Ribs
Nothing screams BBQ more than country-style ribs. You’ll need to marinade the ribs at least six hours before it’s time to cook them. There are tons of good marinade recipes to choose from, including traditional, Texan-style, sweet and spicy, mustard and honey, orange, and more.
When cooking your ribs, remember that charcoal grilling will give them a smokier flavor, while a gas grill will cook them more evenly and easily. Gas grills are easier for beginners, and you might want to enjoy the best of both worlds with a dual fuel grill that combines both gas and charcoal fuel.
3. Chicken Wings
Delectably delicious and easy to cook to perfection, chicken wings are your best friend when planning the most amazing BBQ events.
You can literally spice your chicken wings up by making different batches. Make a batch of spicy wings for those who like a bit of heat, and an Indian-spiced batch for guests who enjoy more exotic flavors.
There are so many great ways to marinade and cook chicken wings, that you just can’t go wrong.
4. Burgers, Hotdogs, and Kid-Friendly BBQ Food
If you’re having kids or picky eaters over, then you should grill a couple of burgers or hotdogs on the side. Burgers are all about using good mince and you can add a bit of bread in the mix to make them extra fluffy for the kids.
Hotdogs are always a favorite, and you can level yours up by offering an assortment of condiments and relishes for your guests to garnish their hotdogs as they wish.
5. Grilled Mushrooms and Vegetables
Finally, don’t forget your veggies!
Most of us don’t eat enough vegetables. Thankfully, BBQ is perhaps the best way to turn any vegetable into a delicious treat.
In addition to freshly tossed salads, try grilling peppers, tomatoes, eggplants, and mushrooms next to your burgers. You will be pleasantly surprised with the result!
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