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Know how to bbq a delicious meal and impress family and friends

When summer rolls around, many people like to fire-up the grill!  Making a mouth-watering BBQ meal will satisfy the stomachs of family and friends.  
You may think that you do not know how to BBQ, but it's easier than you think. Creative summer meals often begin with the grill!

First some basics to BBQ.  You'll need a grill.  There are many types of grills; ones that costs thousands of dollars to only a couple of hundred dollars.  Purchase the grill that is right for you.  Consider how much space you have and the number of people you'll be cooking for.  How much food will you cook on your grill?  If you're a hamburger and chicken person, a standard grill will be just fine. If you like to hunt, you'll need a larger grill.

Try any or all of these favorite summer meats for the grill:

BBQ Meats
  1. Prime Rib
  2. Pork Tenderloin
  3. Beef Brisket
  4. Whole Rib Eye
  5. Pork Shoulder
  6. Chicken
  7. Top Sirloin
  8. Bratwurst

Second, decide on the type of grill.  There are charcoal, gas, and portable grills.  Each one of these grills has their pros and cons.  Charcoal grills are for hardcore BBQ chefs.  Many people choose gas grills because you do not have to purchase coals and lighter fluid.  Plus, there is no waiting for the coals to "heat up."  Portable grills are ideal for city folks who do not have a backyard.  They are two types of portable grills:  electric grills and hibachis.  Choose the grill that is best for you.

Types of Grills
  1. Wood
  2. Charcoal
  3. Gas

Now that we've got the "basics" out the way, it's time to learn how to BBQ.  Depending on your grill, cooking times will vary.  You do not have to precook ribs, thick slabs of meat, and whole turkeys.  However, if you feel more comfortable boiling your meat before you grill it, go ahead and pre-cook it.  Finally, defrost your meat before grilling and trim excess fat.

Glazes and barbecue sauces are brushed on the meat during the last 15 - 30 minutes of grilling.  Be careful not drip glazes and sauces because they'll drip on the flames and cause flare-ups and smoke.

Tools for Grills

  1. Meat Thermometer
  2. Platters
  3. BBQ utensils
  4. Barbecue Sauces
  5. Glazes
  6. Spice Rub
  7. Marinade

Barbecue low and slow.  This means the temperature is between 225 to 275 degrees.  Slow refers to the number of hours to cook the meat.  Cook a whole chicken for 2 hours, but cook a pork shoulder for at least 10 hours.

How to BBQ chicken depends on the whether you are grilling white or dark meat -- fresh chicken or whole/pieces of chicken.  Grill white meat at 165°F and dark meat at 175°F.  Turn the heat-up to cook the blood out of the joints. 

There is a great debate over using wood or charcoal versus gas.  Some BBQ purists believe using a gas grill is not the real deal.  The key to barbecuing is knowing how to BBQ.  If you learn this, the type of grill will not matter.  How to grill BBQ is entirely up to you.  Bon Appétit!

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