With fall upon us, temperatures are a bit cooler which means it is a perfect time to barbecue in Texas! Since autumn is a popular time of year to come together with friends and family, we have created this short list of tips you can use to have the perfect barbecue.
Close the top of your barbecue or grilling unit only if your meats to be cooked are thicker than 1”. By leaving the top open for thinner pieces of meat it has the opportunity to cook evenly. Closing the top and allowing heat to cook the meat from the top can create heat imbalances, an especially important note for meats if you use color as a gauge of preparedness.
Try mixing non-traditional foods with your barbecue spread. This idea makes it easy to wow guests with an infusion of flavor from a different style of cooking. For example, Asian foods are especially delicious when mixed in with traditional barbecue meats as they highlight each other’s rich textures and spices.
With safety as a top priority, it is important to know exactly how to defrost meats prior to cooking. While fresh meat is typically the favored option, sometimes food must be stored in the freezer. To properly defrost meat, you can use a cold water bath, refrigerator thawing, or a hot water bath.
Hosting a barbecue is a great opportunity to bring together friends and family this fall. Combine these tips with your unique traditions to create a truly special event.