Fire, meat, vegetables, family, and friends: Barbecue is the archetype of good cuisine and cozy get-togethers. However, we can find spontaneous and creative possibilities beyond the classic BBQ. Try these delicious barbecue ideas for your next meal or get-together!
Barbecue vs. Grilling
We all know the Holy Trinity of the barbecue. But spareribs, pulled pork, and beef brisket have a decisive disadvantage: They need time, for both preparation and cooking. So these types of food just aren’t practical for a spontaneous meal. Others consider grilling to be an authentic barbecue, but it’s not exactly the same. Here are some of the differences between the two forms of cooking.
|indirect vs. direct||low temperatures, meat is prepared slowly and indirectly by air circulation||high temperatures, meat is prepared quickly and directly over the embers|
|large vs. small||bigger pieces possible needs more space||smaller grillables, smaller devices|
|elaborate vs. simple||Many hours of preparation with continuous temperature control.
Due to the large appliances inflexible in the choice of grill location.
|Small, easily transportable appliances, therefore barbecuing in the park is also possible.|
So it turns out that grilling is the more flexible method when it comes to a spontaneous meal. A portable grill, a few sausages, and some vegetables and you are good to go to the beach or park with your friends.
Burger And Steak – Classic Barbecue Food
There is no such thing as burgers and steaks for a typical American barbecue. Every family has its own special secret lore about how to make a perfect BBQ. All the knowledge about spices and ingredients, cooking time and heat are passed on from one generation to the other. So it is no surprise, that for most Americans, a charcoal grill in the summer is the embodiment of happy family life and bonding. As for the most of us, the recipe for the perfect burger patty is written deeply into our DNA, it is always a good choice for a spontaneous BBQ with only a little time for preparation. The same goes for steaks, as good meat only needs some salt and pepper to become a delicious steak from the grill.
Bratwurst – Exotic And Creative Barbecue Food From Europe
One of Germany’s most infamous foods is also getting more and more popular in the USA: Bratwurst. Most of us have heard of it in combination with the extraordinary Sauerkraut, but what you might not know: It is the typical German food to be grilled. Ask a German and he will tell you that there is no charcoal-grilling without brats.
Bratwurst is not just a sausage. Nowadays there are so many different flavors that you will also find something that pleases you. Be it the Beer’n’Bratwurst, Jalapeno & Cheese Brats, or the Smoked Brats – the variations are nearly endless. So no matter whether you are of German ancestry yourself or simply like Oktoberfest: You should definitely give Bratwurst a try!
Here is one Bratwurst recipe we recommend!
- 4 Brats
- 2 Onions
- Ketchup and Mustard
- 4 Buns
- 1.5 tbsp Butter
- 1 tbsp Olive oil
- To cook onions - Cut onions into thin slices. Melt butter into skillet. Add olive oil. Add onions and let caramelize for 40 minutes at medium-low heat, stirring consistently.
- Grill brats til they are golden brown. This should take about 20 minutes at 300-350°F. Final internal temperature should be 160°F.
- Toast buns on grill until golden brown.
- Place brats in buns and add toppings. Enjoy!
Vegetable Sandwiches: Creative Way Of Putting Veggies On Your Barbecue
Delicious vegetable sandwiches go perfectly with a healthy, low-carbohydrate diet. Furthermore, they are a perfect alternative or supplement to meat and sausage on the grill. If you cannot refrain from a good beef burger, vegetable sandwiches also make a delicious side dish to your barbecue. The nice thing about them is that you can quickly grill vegetables, and there are virtually no limits to creativity due to the rich variety of species. Here are two recommendations from us:
- Grilled Vegetable Sandwich
There are hardly any limits to your imagination here. We recommend using vegetables that can be cut into slices like celery, eggplant, and zucchini. To do this, cut the respective vegetables into slices, grill briefly, and then cover as desired or place the whole sandwich directly on the grillage. To give the sandwich a little more hold, you can also stabilize it with wooden skewers.
- Pointed Pepper Sandwich
Pointed peppers look like mini-bell peppers, and are easy to fill due to their curved shape. Simply cut the pepper in half and remove the stem and seeds. Then fill to taste with tuna, hummus, sausage, avocado, or feta cheese, for example. Afterward, place the pepper’s second half on top of the other and charbroil for about ten minutes. The colorful pointed pepper sandwich is ready and makes your barbecue complete.
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