A significant number of Americans enjoy various BBQ styles. It’s an American tradition that is still intact. The word barbecue is associated with a social occasion like a party and aims to bring people together. Usually, barbecuing is more of outdoor activity.
Can you do a BBQ at home? Yes, you can. Barbecuing at home is not complicated when you have all requirements from a grill, ingredients, meat, etc. This post will guide you on how to go about it. We also have helpful tips you should use.
A Guide to Cook BBQ at Home
Before we look into the necessary things you need for BBQ, it’s important we distinguish the difference between grilling and barbecuing. Many people tend to confuse these two cooking techniques. Grilling entails cooking on high heat and quickly without a lid on a grill. On the other hand, barbecuing meats involves cooking slowly with the grill lid closed to allow the hot air to circulate.
What do you need to BBQ at home? Below are the basic things you need:
- A grill and source of heat
- A rub or marinades
NOTE: To achieve perfect results while barbecuing like a pitmaster, you need to check two important things, i.e., the time you grill and heat from your grill.
1. Choose a suitable grill
There are three grill choices to select from, i.e., charcoal, gas, and electric grills. Each has its advantages and disadvantages.
A charcoal grill is best when you want to attain an authentic smoky flavor in your meat. However, it’s not easy to control heat on the same charcoal grill. It also takes a lot of effort to light and preheat it for cooking.
Gas grills are convenient to use and easy to clean. On the other hand, they require not cheap to maintain (require regular refilling of propane). Additionally, they are more expensive than charcoal grills and pose fire risks if mismanaged.
Lastly, there are electric grills. They are more convenient, cheaper, and easier to clean compared to gas and charcoal grills. Additionally, electric grills come with a feature essential for heat control while grilling. The only downside is that it lacks a smoky flavor. However, there are techniques on how to attain charcoal flavor on electric grills.
All of the above grills may come with a lid or without.
2. Prepare your BBQ
Depending on how you want your BBQ, you cook it either as a dry rub or wet. It's all about personal preferences. Additionally, you can even marinate it before it hits the grill.
It’s also important to use reasonable sizes of cuts. Extremely thin cuts are not the best, while bigger cuts take longer to cook. There are a variety of meats you can use for BBQ, such as beef, pork, or chicken.
3. Start cooking
Place your meat on a heated grill to cook. And since it’s a barbecuing process, you need to cover the grill with a lid. The hot air is vital in a BBQ setup.
Also, maintain the temperatures to about 300-350 degrees F.
After your meat is cooked and flipped on the other side to cook, you may brush it with your favorite BBQ sauce.
In case you’re cooking on an electric grill, you can use a box smoker to enhance the flavor of your meat. Use your favorite charcoal or wood chips in the box. Adding smoky ingredients also works great for improving the flavor.
The ideal internal temperature of the meat after cooking should be about 185 degrees F. However, it may vary depending on the doneness you want to achieve. Also, the cooking time varies depending on the type of grill and the results you want to attain.
BBQ Tips and Tricks
- Avoid frequent flipping of meat and regular opening of the lid after short periods.
- Flip foods on a grill using a tong or spatula
- Before using your wood chips on a grill, soak them in water and place them in a smoker box. It results in a better flavor.
- Avoid pressing down the meat while cooking. It squeezes out the juices from the meat.