Who doesn’t like smoked barbecue? It is one thing without which weekend parties and bonfires are incomplete. Have you ever got a feeling that the smoked barbecue that you arranged for a particular party failed to satiate your guests’ gastronomic desires? I have been through a number of occasions where smoked barbecue served to me wasn’t up to the mark. I have talked to a number of barbecue connoisseurs and tried to learn from them the right recipes behind impeccable smoked barbecue. Apparently, there are five things that you need to take care of to make your smoked barbecue flawless. In this article, let’s learn about them.
The first thing you should ensure is that you get the right smoking equipment. There are many styles and types of barbecue smokers available in the market. You should choose the right smoker of the best quality from among the three types of smokers available in the market – offset smoker, vertical (water) smoker, and the kettle-style smoker. These smokers use different types of fuel. One type is dependent on charcoal, another is dependent on electricity, while yet another is dependent on natural gas. Remember, choosing a good quality smoker is your first step towards producing awesome smoked barbecue.
Secondly, getting good quality meat should be on your priority-list. Barbecue recipes from around the world suggest it as the most crucial ingredient. You should look around for a while before purchasing the right variety of meat. Smoked barbecue recipes suggest that you should procure good cuts of meat, preferably from a trusted source. Most barbecues consist of pork ribs, beef brisket, or chicken. It makes sense that you become friendly with a butcher. The butcher can guide you in procuring the right variety of meat.
Thirdly, you should season your meat well. Most barbecue recipes also stress upon this point. The meat should be seasoned with either marinade or with a barbecue rub. A barbecue rub is a mix of spices that is rubbed over the entire meat surface. You should extensively consult the Internet or pick up a good barbecue book to decide upon the right assortment of spices for your barbecue rub.
Fourthly, you should cook low and slow. In other words, you should cook the barbecue in the smoker at a low temperature (between 235-250 degrees) and you should cook for a longer time period. Do not rush. Smoked barbecue is such a cuisine that shouldn’t be cooked in haste. Chicken needs a couple of hours, pork ribs take about four hours, pork shoulders take about eight hours, and beef brisket takes about ten hours. Remember to give requisite time for your barbecue.
Lastly, you should sauce your barbecue well at the end. Excellent barbecue recipes stress the importance of barbecue sauces. Sauces shouldn’t be applied until the cooking is complete. Apply the sauce (through brushing) when the fire has almost burned out and isn’t hot any more. Never forget to serve the sauce to your guests along with the barbecue so that they can apply as much sauce as they prefer.
Remember these five effective tips and you are on your way towards a memorable barbecue party!