If you believe, like we do, that from hot dogs to hamburgers and every American classic in between, all food tastes better once it’s been barbequed, read on, because we've rounded up some of the best BBQ recipes around.
With sunny skies, warmer weather and blooming florals, May marks the return of barbeque season for the spring and summer months. Before you fire up the grill for your next backyard barbeque, check out these must-grill BBQ recipes and be sure to stock up on Barritt's Ginger Beer.
Important note: For the best BBQ in town, pair all dishes with Barritt's, of course!
Best BBQ Recipe: Parmesan Garlic Grilled Corn on the Cob
A not-so-basic approach to a staple BBQ side dish via Tara's Multicultural Table.
- 4 ears fresh corn
- 2 tbs butter
- 1 clove minced garlic
- 1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan
- 1 tb freshly chopped parsley
Preheat grill to 350-400 degrees. Remove husks from corn, leaving on the innermost layer. Melt butter and garlic in microwave. Place corn on grill for 15-20 minutes, turning once or twice. Remove remaining husks, brush with garlic butter and top with parmesan cheese and parsley.
Best BBQ Recipe: Barbecue Ginger Beer Glazed Chicken
(Makes 8 servings)
Ginger Beer Glaze
- 2 c. Barritt's Ginger Beer
- ½ c. finely chopped onion
- 2 tsp. fresh ginger, minced
- 2 tsp. minced garlic
- 2 tsp. candied ginger, finely chopped
- 1 tbsp. soy sauce
- 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
- ¼ tsp. powdered ginger
- ½ tsp. powdered mustard (such as Colman’s)
- freshly ground black pepper
Mustard-Ginger Spice Rub
- 1 tbsp. salt
- 2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
- ½ tsp. ground ginger
- 1 tsp. mustard powder
- 2 tsp. brown sugar
- 2 tbsp. paprika
- ½ tsp. cayenne
- 10 assorted chicken pieces (leg and thigh quarters and breasts)
In a small saucepan, whisk together all glaze ingredients except salt and pepper and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a slow boil and continue to cook, stirring continuously, until sauce becomes syrupy and coats a spoon. Season to taste with salt and pepper and set aside.
Combine spice rub ingredients in a small bowl and sprinkle over chicken pieces so all sides are nicely coated.
Heat one side of a gas or charcoal grill to produce a medium-hot fire. Lay chicken, skin side down, directly over heat. Cover grill and sear 2 to 3 minutes, until chicken is nicely browned. Flip and cook 2 to 3 minutes or until beginning to brown. If grill flares up, immediately move chicken to unlit part of grill so it does not burn.
When all pieces are nicely seared, space them over unlit side of grill. Cover and cook 30 to 40 minutes or until the area near the bone is no longer red; the breasts will take less time to cook than the legs. Brush every 15 minutes with glaze. Right before serving, generously brush skin side with glaze and place skin side down over fire for 2 to 3 minutes to just caramelize the sauce, taking care not to burn it. Arrange chicken on a platter and serve immediately.
Best BBQ Recipe: Bobby Flay's "Perfect" Burger
Make it with turkey or beef, either way, the "perfect" burger is grilled to juicy nirvana with this Bobby Flay recipe via Food Network. Pairs perfectly with Barritt's Ginger Beer, Diet or Regular.
- 1 1/2 pounds ground chuck (80 percent lean) or ground turkey (90 percent lean)
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1 1/2 tablespoons canola oil
- 4 slices cheese (optional)
- 4 hamburger buns, split; toasted, if desired
Divide the meat into 4 equal portions (about 6 ounces each). Form each portion loosely into a 3/4-inch-thick burger and make a deep depression in the center with your thumb. Season both sides of each burger with salt and pepper.
Heat a gas grill to high or heat coals in a charcoal grill until they glow bright orange and ash over. Brush the burgers with the oil. Grill the burgers until golden brown and slightly charred on the first side, about 3 minutes for beef and 5 minutes for turkey. Flip over the burgers. Cook beef burgers until golden brown and slightly charred on the second side, 4 minutes for medium rare (3 minutes if topping with cheese; see step 3) or until cooked to desired degree of doneness. Cook turkey burgers until cooked throughout, about 5 minutes on the second side.
Add the cheese, if using, to the tops of the burgers during the last minute of cooking and top with a basting cover, close the grill cover, or tent the burgers with aluminum foil to melt the cheese. Sandwich the hot burgers between the buns and serve immediately.
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