Backyard BBQ Ideas
Sticky Barbecued Beef Ribs
These beef ribs--leftovers from the giant rib roast--are incredibly luscious. Chef Tim Love douses them in his sweet and tangy homemade barbecue sauce, then cooks them on the grill until they're crusty, sizzling and outrageously good.
Barbecue Shrimp with Avocado Salad
This quick and easy shrimp is flavored with plenty of Worcestershire, making it hearty and bold.
Pork and Bacon Kebabs
his double dose of pork was inspired by a dish Steven Raichlen encountered on a recent trip to Serbia, where he researched native barbecue traditions for his upcoming book, Planet Barbecue. "The grilling there was amazing, as sophisticated as any grill culture in the world," he says.
Swiss Chard and Hominy BBQ Pizza
Swiss chard is an incredibly versatile cooking green. Here, it teams up with hominy, a tomato-based barbecue sauce and mozzarella for a delicious, quick and easy weeknight pizza.
Barbecue Chicken Tacos with Cabbage and Queso
Make the chicken for these tacos ahead of time, for a quick and easy dinner later in the week.
BBQ Baked Chicken
This simple homemade BBQ sauce makes a sweet and tangy sauce for baked chicken.
Sweet Corn Salad with Green Beans and Hazelnuts
This is a lovely late-summer salad that can be made almost entirely from produce from the farmers' market. The combination of flavors is clean and crisp: sweet corn kernels, juicy tomatoes, snappy green beans and toasted hazelnuts.
Twice-Glazed Asian Barbecued Chicken
Instead of the usual smoky-sweet tomato-based barbecue sauce, Mike Sheerin of Chicago's Blackbird bases his Asian-style version on oyster sauce, soy sauce and roasted garlic, with toasted black peppercorns added for heat. The sauce is superb glazed on chicken, but it would also be great on pork or steak.
Chicken Drumsticks with Asian Barbecue Sauce
Instead of making a traditional American barbecue sauce, Grace Parisi prepares a sweet, sticky, slightly fiery version using Asian ingredients, like chile sauce, hoisin sauce, rice vinegar and ginger.
Potato Salad with Bacon and Barbecue Sauce
The mayonnaise dressing for this potato salad gets pungency from mustard oil (store-bought spicy mustard works fine, too) and a hit of smoky-sweet flavor from bacon and bottled barbecue sauce.
Kevin Gillespie often serves this simple bean salad over thinly sliced tomatoes. "They act like a plate underneath," he says.
When watermelon is in abundance, this is a great way to use it. Bobby Flay purees seedless watermelon chunks, then strains the juice through a sieve and mixes it with silver tequila, s