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What to cook at a Barbecue Party

So you’ve invited all your friends, their spouses, they’re children and you’ve got around about 50 people coming over so you want to impress them. What recipes are going to blow their minds and send them home wishing they could grill like you? In this article I’m going to use my experience to whittle down the hundreds of recipes I’ve tried to just a few. A few hardcore crowd pleasing recipes that’ll make your BBQ the only one worth going to.

1. BBQ Ribs

So you may think you’ve heard all the Rib recipes, but you haven’t heard mine. I’ve been making my neighbours jealous with this one for years and it goes a little something like this. 1 tablespoon of Dijon Mustard, 2 spoons of Tomato Ketchup, 2 cloves of Garlic, a drizzle of White Wine Vinegar, 100ML of Soy Sauce, and 100G of Brown Sugar. The hidden ingredient? 150ML of Unsweetened Apple Juice. Mix all that up and you have the Marinade. I’ve sourced any ingredients you might have trouble with in this article and you can get a nice bottle of Edmond Fallot Tarragon Dijon Mustard from Amazon. That’s the one I use, so once you have the Marinade, cook the Ribs at a medium to low heat for 10 minutes and throw that sauce all over them. Simple but effective.

2. Burgers

You’ve got your ribs now you need some Burgers and we’ll be making Bacon Burgers. Everybody likes Bacon right? I’ve never met anyone who doesn’t like Bacon and Bacon with a Burger is even better so lets get started. Get some Ground Beef and season it with Salt and Pepper. To save time you should buy a DCKR Salt and Pepper Electric Grinder because you can put both in there and just season the Burgers out of one Grinder. Put your seasoned Burgers on indirect heat at about 300 Degrees for around 5 minutes, turn them over and then season the other side. At this point you can use Mrs Dash Extra Spicy because it really compliments the Salt and Pepper. All you need to do now is toast some buns, put on some Tomato and Lettuce, stack with Bacon and add Garlic Mayo. Garlic Mayo goes well with these Burgers.

3. Shrimp and Scallop gumbo

This is a dish mainly eaten in the south but you don’t have to live in the south to make it. In fact, it’s pretty easy to make and if you want that wow factor of serving something your neighbours might not have attempted then listen up. You need a pound of Scallops, a pound of Shrimp, and some Spicy Sausage. Any type of hot Sausage will do but I use Dukes Spicy Smoked Sausage. Next cut up some Onion, Green Peppers, Jalapeno Peppers, Celery, Oregano, Thyme and some Basil. For the heat use some McCormick Ground Cayenne Pepper. When you’ve got all that put a pan directly onto the heat, with some Butter, Olive Oil and half a cup of Flour. Stir for ten minutes until this sauce is thick, then put in all your ingredients I listed above. It’s starting to look like Gumbo now, but you’ve still got to add a quart of Chicken Stock and two cans of Diced Tomato’s. Once you’ve added the Shrimp with Cayenne Pepper on it, along with your Scallops and your Sausage you stir for ten more minutes. If your neighbours aren’t moving to the south after this, you’ve looked at the recipe wrong because oh my god, this is good.

4. T-Bone Steak

This is so simple, that anyone reading this will feel like they can go outside right now and cook one up for themselves. Nothing goes better with T-Bone Steak than Mushrooms so you get a bunch of Mushrooms, as many as you like and you cut up some onions too. Now you want to fry the Mushrooms and Onions in some Kirkland Signature Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil because you’re going to be using it in a minute with your steak and it has the best taste to fry Steak in. Leave them directly over the heat on a high heat for 5 minutes so that they’re lightly done and then take them off. Now it’s time for your Steak and the Steak should be between 1 and 2 pounds in weight. You place it directly over your heat for 2 minutes after applying Salt, Pepper, Basil, and Thyme to both sides. After two minutes take it off and reduce heat. before cooking in a pan for 2 more minutes this time with the Onions and Mushrooms in that Olive Oil. Just like that, you’re done. Cut that Steak open and you’re going to see that it’s pink to the bone but crispy on the outside which is the only way you should eat T-Bone Steak.

Side Recipes

Chilli-Lime Corn

This is so simple and all you need to do is cook the corn and boiling water for 10 minutes, drain and cut it up into pieces before applying Butter, Pepper, Bay Leaves and a drizzle of Lime. For added effect place the Limes on the side of the plate next to the Corn

Potato Salad

After you’ve placed some potatoes in Boiling water, get 3 Eggs and whisk them up. Add a tablespoon of that Edmund Fallot Dijon Mustard we talked about earlier, 600ML of Olive Oil, 1 Clove of Garlic and some Watercress. Congratulations because you’ve just made you’re own Mayonnaise and it tastes amazingly. The Potatoes should be done after around 10 minutes so you just drain them and mix them with the Mayonnaise and you got the best Potato Salad out there.

Conclusion

You’re certainly going to cook up a storm with these recipes. Some you may have seen, while others might be new, but one things for sure; you’ll be doing things a little differently than your neighbours. Although they’ll never admit it, you’ll be doing things a little better, Don’t worry about fat on your T-Bone Steak because fat adds flavor to the Steak, just remember to keep it simple at all times, let the natural flavors come out and enjoy what you’re doing. Bet you never thought Gumbo would be so simple? Give it try. Before I go one more thing is that Burgers are about heat and timing. 5 minutes at 300 Degree’s is all you need. Turn only once and you’ll taste the difference. Thank you for reading.

Updated: July 15, 2016 — 1:02 am

The Author

Chris

Chris

I've enjoyed grilling and outdoor cooking since I first discovered them. Some of my first food memories are meals at neighborhood barbecue parties. I enjoy writing about grilling food and that's what I do on this site :)

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