Connect with us

Cooking Tips

Barbecue Sauce For A Perfect Barbeque

Published

on

sauce, dip, cook

Barbecue Sauce For A Perfect Barbeque

When someone mentions barbecue images comes to the mind like cooking at the backyard grill, a social gathering, cooking outdoors and cooking meat slowly over wood and smoke that adds flavor to the food.

Different cooks have different preferences and style in their cooking. Some prefer rubbing the seasoning whether wet or dry prior to cooking and some prefers to soak the meat first in special marinades that could be sops, mops and finishing. The preparation and ingredients for marinating may differ from region to region the preferred wood to be used can also differ. However, no perfect barbecue will taste as good without the perfect barbecue sauce.

Barbecue sauces can generally be categorized by what they are based on. Common examples are tomato, vinegar and mustard based sauces. To give the barbecue its distinctive taste and prevent the meat from burning easily, barbecue sauces are applied to the meat while being cooked with the exemption of tomato based barbecue sauces as tomato based sauces burns easier than the other kinds of sauces.

Barbecue sauce preparation can either be sweet, sour, tangy, spicy, hot, thick or thin. The varieties are almost endless which makes barbecues popular because anyone can make his own special preparation depending on taste and anyone can create his own way of serving the barbecue.

Recipes for barbecues can also be guarded. And good barbecue sauces can be purchased at almost any store. But the only perfect barbecue sauce is the one that you can create for yourself.
Remember whatever works for you and your family can be a great barbecue sauce. So start experimenting that is the only way to start good cooking.

The basics of Barbecue sauces…

Tomato based barbecue sauce is the most widely used. Some say that it is the most popular. Its popularity however may be due to the simplicity of preparation and besides; tomatoes are ingredients that could easily be found. The point to remember in preparing tomato-based barbecue sauces is to cook the tomatoes very well in order for the flavor to blend with the other ingredients.

Tomato based barbecue sauces are acidic. Because of this, it has the property to breakdown all the flavor of other ingredients blending them with its own. But because of its propensity to burn, limit the usage of tomato based barbecue sauce while cooking. To make it even more flavorful, prepare tomato barbecue sauces a day in advance.

Mustard based sauces are preferred in North Carolina. The mustard based barbecue sauce is great for grilling pork.

Vinegar is great meat tenderizer. It is also more acidic than tomatoes. Because of its acidic content, vinegar based sauces has a tendency to penetrate deep into the meat. To make this barbecue sauce more flavorful, experiment mixing it with chili, cider vinegar or red pepper, sugar salt and all the other ingredients that you want it to have.

Barbecue sauces today has different uses departing from its traditional purpose. It now serves as a condiment that is present on almost any table like ketchup, salsa, salt, pepper and Tabasco.

However, if experimenting with food is not your greatest strength, you can always find great sauces in any store. To make great barbecues, one rule to follow is not to place too much weight on the “with smoke flavor” label that many bottled tomato sauces advertise itself. Smoke flavor is what is barbecuing all about. The flavor has to come from the wood not the bottle.

Continue Reading
Advertisement

Cooking Tips

Basehor Bombs

Published

on

Basehor Bombs

My twist on this recipe: https://urbancowgirllife.com/texas-twinkies-recipe/Basehor
I like chedder cheese more than creamed cheese, so used that instead. Chilis smoked for 1 hr @225, chilled in cold water and drained. Layered in strips of sliced chedder,diced up brisket mixed with Jack Stacks BBQ sauce. I use thick cut bacon, wrapped 1 slice around stuffed jalapeños and sprinkled with
Cowtown Squel. Smoked @ 225 for 1hr 15 minutes. Sure smells good . . . letting them cool off

By: loco_engr
Title: Basehor Bombs
Sourced From: eggheadforum.com/discussion/1228732/basehor-bombs
Published Date: 09/17/21

Did you miss our previous article…
https://amazinghamburger.com/grilling-tips/pumpkinata-happy-autumn/

Continue Reading

Cooking Tips

Kimchi Burgers

Published

on

I enjoy making things just a bit different than the norm.  Had some kimchi and some burger and thought I do like Korean BBQ,  but don't have what I need,  but do for burgers.   So here's my go at the burger.  

Burger:

2lb Ground beef

1/4c Finely diced kimchi

1/4c caramelized onions

5 clove Korean pickled garlic
Drizzle Coconut nectar 



Mix together, rest in fridge to chill (30min)

Glaze:

1/4c Teriyaki

3tbsp Orange Juice

1tbsp Honey

Gochujang (to taste)
brush on while cooking for a nice glaze

Aiole:

1/4c Kweepee mayo

Toasted Sesame oil (drizzle)

Gochujang (to taste)

1-2 tsp Tamari
Coconut nectar (drizzle l

Cook:

Chilled parties onto direct grill.   Let cook 5 min baste, flip baste, etc

When done sprinkle with Sesame seeds.  They stick nicely to the glaze. 

Build:

Smear the roll, add pattie cover in thinly sliced cabbage,  drizzle aiole over cabbage cut and enjoy! 

By: 2BAMBAM4
Title: Kimchi Burgers
Sourced From: eggheadforum.com/discussion/1228687/kimchi-burgers
Published Date: 09/11/21

Did you miss our previous article…
https://amazinghamburger.com/grilling-recipes/jalapeo-lime-chicken-skewers/

Continue Reading

Cooking Tips

Grilled Sheet Pan Chicken Legs with Pesto

Published

on

Sheet pan meals are all the rage these days, at least if you spend more than a biscuit over on Pinterest. The concept is simple. Place a bunch of ingredients on a cookie/baking sheet, throw it into the oven until everything is done. I took this concept to the grill (of course) and used some Reynolds Wrap® Non-Stick Foil so none of the delicious flavors stick to the pan and clean-up is a breeze. If you have a family and are looking for great weeknight meals that are easy to prep, cook and clean up, all the while getting your grilling fix, pay attention, this one is for you. Let’s get on with it and get to making our Grilled Sheet Pan Chicken Legs with Pesto. 

Grilled Sheet Pan Chicken Legs with Pesto Ingredients:

8-10 Chicken drumsticks (legs)

Garlic and herb seasoning (substitute your favorite BBQ rub/seasoning)

1 roll of Reynolds Wrap® Non-Stick Foil

2 small golden potatoes chunked

1 sweet potato chunked

12 each mini-onions both purple and yellow

Garlic infused olive oil to coat (sub regular olive oil)

Salt to taste

Pesto – we used store bought but here’s a recipe you can make

Pesto Ingredients:

2 cups fresh basil leaves, packed

1/3 cup walnuts (can sub pine nuts which is the more traditional recipe)

1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese (about 2 ounces)

3 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 cup olive oil

1/4 teaspoon salt, or more to taste

Pesto Instructions:

In a food processor add the basil and nuts and pulse a few times

Then add the garlic and cheese and pulse a few more times, making sure to scrape down the sides after every couple of pulses

Then start the food processor on a low speed and slowly pour in the olive oil until desired consistency, stopping occasionally to scrap down the sides with a rubber spatula

Add salt to taste

OK, now that we have our basil pesto (and we bought ours, so that’s perfectly acceptable), it’s time to get down to making this dish. And our recipe starts off this way:

Didn’t see that coming, did you?

We are going to tighten up that chicken skin just a bit. Start by boiling about a half-gallon of water and then placing 2-4 chicken legs in a colander in the sink:

Being very careful not to burn yourself, pour some of that boiling water over the chicken legs for 3-5 seconds and watch the skin shrink up:

Those two pics above are the exact same chicken legs. The top one is before the boiling water, the bottom is after. What we have done here is tightened the skin up. We basically pre cooked it. This helps to make sure the skin isn’t rubbery at the end of the cookout.

Repeat the process with all the chicken legs and then season them with salt and the garlic/herb seasoning:

Grilled Sheet Pan Chicken Thighs with Pesto

Make sure to do both sides:

Now it’s time to prepare the pan itself. Start off by laying down a layer of Reynolds Wrap® Non-Stick Foil putting the dull side up (which is the non- stick side) onto a baking sheet:

Despite the way the light hit that foiled pan, I promise you that’s the dull side which is the non-stick side.

Now, let’s chop some potatoes and veggies. So, for this one we made a mistake. Not a huge mistake, but one we don’t want you to repeat. When we started cutting up the sweet potato and the gold potato, we found the orange sweet potato was REALLY dense. Particularly compared to the yellow potato. So we figured it would take quite a bit longer to cook. To compensate, we sliced each type of tuber differently. We sliced the sweet potatoes fairly thin and the yellow spuds quite a bit thicker:

Don’t do this. Cut them the same thickness. They cook at just about the same rate, density notwithstanding. Cut them both thin like the sweet potato in the pic above. If you cut them too thick, they will take longer to cook than the chicken, but even if you do, we have a way to compensate for that later. 

One other item that we thought was clever on our part, wasn’t all that clever. Notice the ingredient shot at the beginning of this post? See those different color carrots of different sizes? Notice how we have whole carrots and then the little baby carrots which are also in multiple colors? Well, once these carrots roast, they all look pretty much the same. Not identical, but they blend together pretty well. Same with the white and purple onions. The next time I make this, I’m using the little orange carrots and just one color onion. The multi color stuff looks fantastic in the raw ingredient shot, but in the grand scheme of things, they don’t have that much impact on the final dish.

Back to the recipe. 

So chunk up the ingredients and spread them onto the foiled baking sheet and then drizzle with garlic infused olive oil:

Then hit it with some salt and more of the garlic and herb seasoning:

Ready for the chicken and a smoke/heat bath:

Grilled Sheet Pan Chicken Thighs with Pesto

Now let’s go find a grill. We preheated it to 400F:

And once inside, we set a probe thermometer to be able to monitor our progress:

Grilled Sheet Pan Chicken Thighs with Pesto

After 40 minutes, our chicken was at 160F. Our target is between 170F-180F. I know, I know. Chicken only needs to be 165F to be safe to eat. But that’s really the chicken breast. That dry white meat that we’re all sick of eating. The legs are dark meat and carry a higher fat content, which makes them taste better than chicken breasts. Not to mention that handy dandy handle that has been amazing us since we were all three years old. At 160F pull the chicken out of the grill and platter it, leaving the veggies in the smoker:

Why leave the veggies in there? Because my gold potatoes were still really firm. So I left my chicken legs out for about 10 minutes while I applied the basil pesto and let those taters soften up in the smoker. In the meantime, I had to thin out my store bought basil just a little bit, so I added some garlic infused olive oil:

Grilled Sheet Pan Chicken Thighs with Pesto

Now it’s time to dunk the chicken legs:

Grilled Sheet Pan Chicken Thighs with PestoGrilled Sheet Pan Chicken Thighs with Pesto

And here we have all our legs dunked and ready to go back into the heat:

Grilled Sheet Pan Chicken Thighs with Pesto

Here’s a close up of those pestoed legs (not sure if that is a word, but it should be):

Grilled Sheet Pan Chicken Thighs with Pesto

Also, while someone was dunking chicken legs, someone else was flipping the veggies on the baking sheet. I’m just going to say that the Reynolds Wrap® Non Stick Foil was a life saver here. Had we used regular foil it likely would’ve torn in multiple spots. 

And now back on the grill:

Grilled Sheet Pan Chicken Thighs with Pesto

You see that stuff on the platter there. Don’t run that down the sink. That’s some serious flavor. Drizzle it over the food on the baking sheet:

Now close the lid:

Grilled Sheet Pan Chicken Thighs with Pesto

And when they hit between 170F-180F they are done:

Grilled Sheet Pan Chicken Thighs with Pesto

Transfer the veggies to a platter and top with the legs. Make sure to drizzle all the juices from the baking sheet to the finished platter:

Grilled Sheet Pan Chicken Thighs with Pesto

And then serve:

Grilled Sheet Pan Chicken Thighs with Pesto

And clean up is this easy:

We also learned as we were researching this dish that there are baking sheets of all different sizes. A small sheet like this could be used to make individual Grilled Sheet Pan Chicken Legs with Pesto:

Grilled Sheet Pan Chicken Thighs with Pesto

And I have to tell you, that the chicken was magnificent, but the potatoes really stole the show. They got crispy on both sides and were simply amazing:

Grilled Sheet Pan Chicken Thighs with Pesto

Truth be told, I think I ate five of these chicken legs. Maybe six. We made more than one dish, so I didn’t hog them all, but I did mow down a bunch of these. With school back in session, and me being head of a family of six with four kids all in grade school/middle school, this is a perfect meal for the crowd that lives in my house. It came in just under an hour of cook time, with less than 10 minutes of prep and minimal clean up thanks to the Reynolds Wrap® Non-Stick Foil. I call that a win!

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them below or send me an email. 

I’m oh so proud that this post is brought to you by Reynolds Wrap®. I’ve been working with Reynolds Brands since 2016, but have been using their products during my cookouts since closer to 1996. Yeah, I’m that old. It fills me with pride that a company that I firmly believe in and have been using for multiple decades wants to work with me and be part of the silly stuff we do on the grill here at GrillinFools.com. Here were my first two recipes we worked on together. Hasselback Potatoes and What is the Texas Crutch. 

Save Print
Grilled Sheet Pan Chicken Legs with Pesto
Author: Scott Thomas
Recipe type: One Sheet Pan Meal
Cuisine: Barbecue
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 

Serves: 4-5
 

This one sheet pan meal is as simple as it is delicious. We combine kid friendly chicken legs, potatoes, veggies, onions and some basil pesto to create Grilled Sheet Pan Chicken Legs with Pesto
Ingredients
1 Sheet Pan Meal
  • 1 roll of Reynolds Wrap® Non-Stick Foil
  • 8-10 Chicken drumsticks (legs)
  • Garlic and herb seasoning (substitute your favorite BBQ rub/seasoning)
  • 2 small golden potatoes chunked
  • 1 sweet potato chunked
  • 12 each mini-onions both purple and yellow
  • Garlic infused olive oil to coat (sub regular olive oil)
  • Salt to taste
  • Pesto-we used store bought but here's a recipe you can make
Basil Pesto
  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
  • ⅓ cup walnuts (can sub pine nuts which is the more traditional recipe)
  • ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese (about 2 ounces)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon salt, or more to taste

Instructions
One Sheet Pan Meal
  1. Begin by boiling some water and place chicken legs, 2-4 at a time into a colander in the sink and pour boiling water over them for 3-5 seconds to firm up the skin.
  2. Season the chicken legs with salt and garlic and herb seasoning
  3. Heat grill to 400F
  4. Cover sheet pan with Reynolds Non-stick Foil with dull side up
  5. Chop and distribute carrots, potatoes, and onions onto sheet pan
  6. Drizzle with olive oil
  7. Season with salt and the garlic and herb seasoning
  8. Drizzle the veggies with garlic infused olive oil
  9. Place chicken legs on the sheet pan
  10. Place in the grill until the chicken reaches 160F
  11. Remove chicken from the heat, leaving the veggies in the grill if the potatoes have not softened yet, and dunk the legs into the basil pesto
  12. Replace the pesto dunked chicken legs onto the sheet pan, making sure to drizzle the remaining basil pesto from the platter over the food on the sheet pan
  13. Close the lid until the chicken reaches an internal temp between 170F-180F
Basil Pesto
  1. Place the basil and walnuts into a food processor and pulse a few times
  2. Add the garlic and cheese, pulsing a few more times making sure to scrape the sides with a rubber spatula every couple pulses
  3. Set the food processor on to a low speed, slowly drizzle olive oil into the pesto until desired thickness
  4. Add salt to taste

 

The post Grilled Sheet Pan Chicken Legs with Pesto first appeared on GrillinFools.

Author information

Scott Thomas

Scott Thomas

Scott Thomas, the Original Grillin’ Fool, was sent off to college with a suitcase and a grill where he overcooked, undercooked and burned every piece of meat he could find. After thousands of failures, and quite a few successes, nearly two decades later he started a website to show step by step, picture by picture, foolproof instructions on how to make great things out of doors so that others don’t have to repeat the mistakes he’s made on the grill.

| Twitter | Facebook | Google+ | Pinterest |

By: Scott Thomas
Title: Grilled Sheet Pan Chicken Legs with Pesto
Sourced From: grillinfools.com/blog/2021/09/21/grilled-sheet-pan-chicken-legs-with-pesto/
Published Date: 09/21/21

Did you miss our previous article…
https://amazinghamburger.com/outdoor-cooking/portobello-marsala-strip-steaks/

Continue Reading

Trending

%d bloggers like this: