5 mouth-watering dishes you can prepare to celebrate National BBQ WeekEditorial Team
National BBQ Week is finally here and it’s time to fire up the grill! This week calls for a lovely gathering of friends and family to celebrate this once-a-year occasion. So head outside and enjoy some delicious BBQ dishes—but which delicacies should you prepare?
Whether you’re a seasoned grill master or a newbie, you may find yourself unsure of what you should prepare for National BBQ Week. Well, there’s no better time to showcase your skills and impress your guests, so this week, along with family and friends, explore your grilling skills, try new recipes, and enjoy some quality time in the great outdoors.
From grilled meats and vegetables to smoked brisket and ribs, there are many dishes you can prepare so there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
Here are 5 mouth-watering dishes you can prepare to celebrate National BBQ Week. Let’s get started!
1. Slow-cooked pork shoulder
Slow-cooked pork shoulder is a BBQ dish that your guests won’t refuse—and it’s perfect for BBQ Week. However, this dish requires a bit of patience and time, but we assure you, the results are worth it. Start by rubbing the pork shoulder with a mixture of salt, pepper, and your favourite BBQ seasoning. Then, cook it low and slow on the grill for 1-2 hours until it’s tender and falling apart. Serve it up with your favourite BBQ sauce and some coleslaw on the side.
2. Grilled shrimp skewers
For your family and friends who would rather opt for a seafood alternative to red meat, grilled shrimp skewers are a great option. Start by marinating your shrimp in a mixture of garlic, lemon juice, and olive oil. Then, skewer the shrimp and grill them over high heat for a few minutes on each side until they’re pink and slightly charred. But be careful not to overcook them! These skewers are best served with some lemon wedges and a side of grilled veggies.
3. Smoked brisket
Smoked brisket is another classic BBQ dish that’s sure to impress your guests. Make a mixture of salt, pepper, and BBQ seasoning or purchase a readymade BBQ seasoning and coat your brisket with it. Smoke it for the required number of hours (a 16-pound brisket will take about 10-12 hours) until it’s tender and juicy. Serve it up with a side of cornbread and some coleslaw. You can choose how you want to serve it. You can never go wrong with properly charred smoked brisket.
4. Grilled chicken wings
Grilled chicken wings are a crowd-pleaser in general and BBQ Week is no exception. To prepare this signature dish, start by marinating your wings in a mixture of soy sauce, honey, garlic, and ginger, or use a delicious ready-made BBQ rub inclusive of these ingredients to make things easier. Then, grill them over high heat for a few minutes on each side until they’re crispy and charred. Serve them up with some blue cheese dressing and celery sticks.
5. Smoked pork ribs
Last but not least, smoked BBQ pork ribs are a must-have for BBQ Week. Start by rubbing your ribs with a dry rub. Some ingredients that work well with pork ribs are celery salt, onion and garlic powder, paprika, and of course, salt and pepper. Also, spare ribs work better on the smoker, so opting for this type rather than baby back ribs will get you that tender, fall-off-the-bone finish. Serve them up with some BBQ sauce and a side of mac and cheese for a hearty meal.
Try these 5 must-have BBQ dishes for National BBQ Week!
BBQ Week is the perfect time to get outside, fire up the grill, and enjoy some delicious BBQ dishes. Whether you prefer slow-cooked pork shoulder, grilled shrimp skewers, smoked brisket, grilled chicken wings, or smoked pork ribs, there’s something for everyone. So gather your friends and family, and let’s celebrate National BBQ Week in style!