Summer time is here and it is time to get out your grill, fire up the briquettes, dust off your apron, and get out in the sunshine. Lazy summer days are just made to get together with friends and family (or people you just want to make jealous with your barbequing skills) and savor the tastes and smells of a charcoal grill. And with so much barbequing going on, it’s no surprise that so many outdoor cooks find themselves on a never-ending quest for the perfect barbeque recipe that will dazzle their friends and family (and nosey neighbors!) each summer.
While most professional (or dedicated amateur) BBQers insist that the flavor of real barbeque is all in the rub and the fire, the easiest ways to add a ton of flavor to your barbeque recipes is with marinades and sauces. These can vary so hugely in flavor and ingredients that it can be hard to recognize them as the same thing! Read on for a few of my favorite barbeque sauce and barbeque marinade recipes.
Easy BBQ Sauce
The first tasty BBQ recipe you’ll find below is just about the easiest thing you’ll ever make– and it’s overflowing with flavor. This is such an easy barbeque recipe that it can be whipped up in the kitchen in just a few minutes– no waiting necessary. And no cooking, either. Just toss it all into a jar the day you’re planning to cook, let it sit in the fridge for awhile, and you’re ready to go.
2 small cans of tomato sauce
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup molasses
1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp. mustard (not dry)
1 tsp. seasoning salt
1 tsp. garlic powder (not garlic salt)
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/4 tsp. crushed red chilies (optional)
Instructions:The morning before you’re scheduled to barbeque, mix all ingredients together in a jar and let sit for 1 hour to blend the flavors. Brush on sauce as meat is cooking over hot coals or a grill. Keep basting meat as it cooks, and as you turn it over.
Teriyaki BBQ Marinade
If you love the way chicken tastes on the BBQ, you’re going to love this barbeque recipe. It’s sweet, salty, sticky, and the perfect thing to flavor your BBQ chicken or pork. Or beef, for that matter.
3/4 cup Soy Sauce
1/2 cup Sherry or White Wine
3 tbsp. brown sugar
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. grated fresh ginger (or powdered)
Instructions: Mix all ingredients together. Place meat of your choice in a 13×9 inch glass casserole dish. Pour marinade over meat and let stand in the fridge for a minimum of 2 hours. Discard marinade. Cook the marinated meat over hot coals or a gas grill for 6-7 minutes each side.
Raspberry BBQ Chicken Marinade
Lots of meats on the BBQ have tons of flavor on their own. Chicken, on the other hand, isn’t quite as flavorful and tends to dry out. Which is why it’s my favorite meat to marinade. This marinade is easy to make, tastes wonderful, and is elegant and special. Garnish this barbeque recipe with fresh raspberries and serve with a raspberry mustard.
1/4 cup Raspberry Vinegar or Raspberry Vinaigrette
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup fresh raspberries
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. Sea Salt
1/4 tsp. white pepper
Instructions: Mix all ingredients in a blender. Place 1 whole cut up chicken in a large plastic zip lock baggie. Pour marinade over meat and let stand in refrigerator for 8 hours. Discard marinade. Cook meat over hot coals or a gas grill until no longer pink inside. This barbeque recipe is also great with pork!
Karen Talavera is the editor of Divine Dinner Party. Visit us for more barbeque recipes and tips.
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