With spring just around the corner, it’s time for the celebratory outdoor cookouts that call for long evenings spent with friends and family and feature wholesome, nutritious food hot off the grill, complete with grill lines. With the variety of different grill items, sauces, and combinations of these that are possible, we will offer you enough BBQ ideas to keep you on your toes.
Bring on the Game Meat
Considering the fact that most venison, bison, elk, wild boar, and kangaroo and antelope are raised more humanely, naturally and sustainably than feedlot cattle, perhaps it’s time to offer hamburger patties with a twist. No longer is the burger just a burger anymore. Introduce an array of exotic game meats for variety, better nutrition, more ideal omega-3 to omega-6 ratios and to support humanely and sustainably farmed meat. In addition, specifically grass fed beef is all of the above and better tasting than feedlot beef from cows fattened on GMO grains and corn. Game meats are available at your local health food specialty stores.
Portobello Mushroom Burgers
You do not have to be a vegetarian to enjoy the juicy, flavorful goodness of a big, fat portobello mushroom fresh off the grill. Ever distinct it its flavors, these are considered “superfoods” that are loaded with cancer-fighting antioxidants. Add unique sauces such as pesto to give your most particular family member a sandwich experience to remember. Friends and relatives who may be watching their weight or their cholesterol will thank you.
Bring on the Kabobs
Build colorful, aesthetically pleasing food sculptures with some skewers, purple and white onions, and peppers of all colors and types. These immaculate BBQ ideas are akin to the beauty of sushi. Add cubes of juicy lamb for a delectable, irresistible combination of vegetables and meat with twice the flavor than each ingredient holds alone. Before skewering, saute the lamb in KW’s BBQ Sauce and grill over medium-high heat for 10 – 15 minutes.
Speaking of Fruit, How about Pineapple Rings?
Add some tropical flavor to your occasion. We’d even recommend handing out Hawaiian leis and calling it an official luau. Pineapple is delicious when hot off the grill. Cut the fruit into rings to tap their natural sweetness and grill without seasoning, because pineapples season themselves! Pineapple is also a famous ingredient for creating barbeque sauces of various types to slather over pork chops, lamb shanks and racks of ribs. For specific pineapple BBQ ideas, check out the sauce recipes listed here: http://www.bbqu.net/season1/102.html.
Homemade Dry Jerk Rub
Keeping the homemade BBQ ideas flowing is one of the key ways to avoid ingesting MSG, an unhealthy food additive that is found in many store bought versions of dry jerk. Dry jerk is an alternative to sauce. It is a seasoning combination that will enhance any grilling meat tenfold. It’s also your chance to get your daily dose of many healthful herbs like thyme, paprika, oregano and cinnamon. Check out this awesome homemade recipe: http://bbq.about.com/od/rubrecipes/r/ble10314a.htm.