A Beginner’s Guide to Professional BBQing and Barbecue Recipes

If you are just starting out in the world of professional barbecue cooking, you need to make sure you have some good barbecue recipes on hand.

bbq_grillingIf you want to sell your food at a fair, you will need to come up with some interesting and tasty variations, as well as the usual staple recipes to get the public’s interest and attention.

It is all in the smell and the appearance of your food. Nothing attracts people more than an appetizing smell, be it fresh coffee, baking bread, or a juicy barbecue aroma.

Therefore, you should make sure that your barbecue recipes combine an attractive appearance with an appetizing smell.

There are many sites on the internet with advice on barbecue recipes, so make sure you look at as many sites as you can before you start out.

Here are some other tips to help you on your way.

If you are going to make a go out of providing barbecued food at local fairs or festivals, then you need to make sure you get the right foods that will attract customers.

The most common BBQ meat products served at fairs and festivals are ribs, chicken wings, burgers, hot dogs, brisket, sausages and pork.

These, particularly the meats, are usually marinated beforehand or basted with sauces while cooking, which is what adds the majority of the flavor and smell.

BBQ Side Dishes and Extras for Festival Vendors

Decide what extras you are going to take with you. Are you going to provide just buns or something more, like baked potatoes, potato salad, coleslaw or rice?

Depending on the venue, you might want to make sure that patrons have the option to buy a full meal. However, if you are just starting out, focusing on just a few items might be a lot easier.

If you are going to do burgers or hot dogs, do not forget supplies of condiments, such as ketchup and mayo.

Once you have decided on which meats and sides you are going to concentrate on select the barbecue recipes that you want to use.

The best bet is to go for tried and tested recipes that you know work and taste good.

The most popular are BBQ spare ribs, BBQ chicken or honey-glazed chicken, as well as the standard burgers or hot dogs for kids.

Marinating Your Meat

Choose simple dry rubs or sauces first to marinate or baste your meat.

Try making this Cajun seasoning dry rub to rub on the meat:

The ingredients for this are:

  • 2 tablespoons black peppercorns
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon of onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons of dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon of dry mustard powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground fennel
  • 1/2 dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground cumin
  • This mix can also be combined with Dijon mustard, honey and cider vinegar or orange juice to make a delicious honey glaze.

    The most popular barbecue recipes are those with the smoky, “barbecue flavor” sauces.

    Play around and make your own “secret” recipe to make your barbecued meat a hit.

    Making Barbecue Sauce

    Barbecue sauces and glazes are very easy to make, as they usually consist of a base made from either tomato ketchup or chopped tomatoes (canned will do).

    To the base you can add different ingredients such as straightforward Tabasco sauce, molasses, red chili, sugar, English mustard, Worcestershire sauce and lemon; onions and chipotle (a smoked jalapeño chili); or honey, sugar, Dijon mustard and soy sauce.

    These are just a few ideas with which to experiment.

    Finding the right barbecue recipes is the key to making your food vending operation a hit. What barbecue recipes have you tried?

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