Three barbecue ideas to try

Tammy Ruggles

If you’ve ever had really good BBQ in a popular restaurant, garden party, or backyard barbecue, you may find yourself saying to yourself, “I’d like to make this at home”, and the fact is, you can. One thing you must start with is a delicious barbecue sauce, either store-bought or homemade. A few store favorites are Papa Jackson’s Barbecue Sauce, Kraft Honey BBQ, or Sweet Baby Ray’s. The right sauce will bring your BBQ dish to another level.

BBQ Recipe 1

Nothing says barbecue like a grilled steak that melts in your mouth.

Start with a choice cut of meat, but do something a little different if you’ve never tried it—marinate with garlic and about 2 cups of red wine. Then, when the grill is ready, slather on the BBQ sauce and grill until medium-well, or doneness of your choice.

BBQ Recipe 2

BBQ sauce and chicken are synonymous. It’s hard to think of one without the other. But here is another idea that you can try:

  • Cut raw chicken up into equal size chunks.
  • Marinate in BBQ sauce in a zip-tight baggie for one hour.
  • Cook in non-stick skillet on stove until thoroughly tender.
  • When finished cooking, top with an extra layer of BBQ sauce if desired.
  • Serve on a bed of steamed rice, potato cake, or cooked egg noodles.

BBQ Recipe 3

A third delicious BBQ recipe involves a pressure cooker. If you’ve never used one, then you’ve truly missed out on a spectacularly tender barbecue ribs. But make sure you know how to use one before starting, because cooking under pressurized steam can be a little tricky, if not dangerous. Make sure you read the directions or have someone experienced in cooking with pressure cookers teach you how. Once you learn, it’s so easy. Your barbecue ribs will melt in your mouth.

Serve with baked or mashed potatoes, sour kraut, roasting ears of corn, and yeast rolls.

Notes on using a pressure cooker:

  • Don’t overfill or under-fill the water.
  • Pressure cooking saves time—the quickest way next to a microwave to achieve fall-off-the bone meat. Each recipe will be different, so follow them precisely, but usually pressure-cooked meat takes about 30 minutes.
  • With pressure cooking, meat will be less dry than oven-roasting. You can even toss in some vegetables to create an entire meal—but don’t overfill the cooker with food.
  • Pressure cookers don’t brown meat, so if you prefer it browned, sear it before placing it into the cooker.
  • Read the instruction manual if purchasing and using a pressure cooker for the first time.

For a wonderful book of additional BBQ recipes, check out The Barbecue Bible, by Steven Raichlen, at

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