Barbecue is an American tradition. Every year, statistics show that at least 90% of families attend at least one barbecue party or celebration. About 40% of families enjoy throwing parties centered around the barbecue idea. With stats like that, one has to wonder why barbecue is such a popular event and tradition.
First of all, barbecuing or grilling allows you to create a meal that is unmatched by any other type of cooking. The smell and taste of the grill will delight the most demanding meat eaters.
A variety of meats and side dishes are used when preparing the barbecue. Traditionally, families cook pork, beef and fish on their grills. When visiting your local grocery store, look for meats cut and packaged specifically for barbecue. If you can’t find packaged meats, there are likely spices, marinades, and grill kits somewhere nearby.
Traditional dishes include potato salad, beans, and coleslaw. These sides work well with the variety of meats available and are easy to prepare and store until it’s time to eat.
Your traditional condiment bar should include pickles, condiments, and onions.
Different types of grills will feature different types of flavors. Charcoal and smoked grills have a natural “smoky” flavor, which is one of the most popular barbecue flavors. Smokers even allow you to control slight variations in favor of the meat by using different types of woods. Alternatively, propane grills allow grills to cook food faster, but still have a grilled flavor.
Some grills have the ability to come with many different types of cooking surfaces. These different cooking surfaces include a barbecue surface, a flat grill, and a ribbed grill. Some grills also offer these types of surfaces as no-grip, allowing you to cook a wide range of foods that you might not otherwise cook on a grill. You will be able to cook all of your food, including side dishes, if planned correctly. Some gas grills also contain a wok-like surface for cooking pasta and yeast dishes, or a complete rotisserie set that allows you to cook rotisserie chicken.
Another reason barbecue is so popular is the fact that it gives you a reason to host a party or celebration.
Outdoor parties not only allow your guests to be present while they prepare food, but also give them the opportunity to hang out with friends.
Theme parties are always fun for your family and guests. Festive decorations can be found at any local party or convenience store. You may also consider purchasing decorations that can be stored and reused at a different time, such as reusable tablecloths and Tiki torches. Give your clambake a beach theme by adding tropical music and you might even consider adding some sand.
Finally, barbecuing is popular because it can also be considered a hobby. Barbecue, like anything else in life, takes time and practice. It can be fun to play and experiment with different techniques and recipes. Having developed a similar barbecue, you can focus on creating your own variations of traditional recipes and ideas.
Barbecue is typically thought of as a summer event, but some hardcore barbecue fans won’t think twice about smashing their own barbecue grills in the middle of winter.