The temperatures have dropped, the precipitation has increased, which means winter is on the way. Typically around this time, people pack up their grills for the season. Though it’s cold outside, that doesn’t stop your tastebuds from wanting some delicious barbecued foods. The good news is, no matter what the weather is like outside you can make some of your bbq favorites all year long. Check out these next-level barbecue recipes below:
Barbecue Pork Belly
There’s something about the saltiness of pork and the sweet and tanginess of barbecue sauce that just pairs together so well. All you need is a slab of pork belly for sale, some salt, and your favorite flavor of barbecue sauce. Sprinkle a pinch of salt on the pork, then smother them in bbq sauce and allow them to marinate for 2-4 hours. Then, head outside to your grill, throw it in the crockpot, use an indoor grill, or place the pork belly in the oven and allow them to cook until desired texture (at least 2 hours). You can pair this with a simple slaw or potato salad or eat it with warm sides like mashed potatoes and corn.
Slow-Cooker Barbecue Beef Brisket
Crockpots are really famous during the fall and winter months. The set it and forget it concept saves you a lot of time in the kitchen. If ever there was a meat to prepare in the crockpot, beef brisket is at the top of the list. After simmering in sauces and seasons for hours it falls apart so tender and pairs well with a ton of comfort sides like mac n cheese, baked potatoes, and even rice. For this recipe, you’ll need 3 tablespoons of light brown sugar, 1 ½ tablespoons of chipotle chile powder, 2 teaspoons of ground cumin, 1 teaspoon of celery salt, 1 clove of minced garlic, kosher salt, ground pepper, a nice size brisket, 1 ¼ cups of ketchup, ¼ cups of apple cider vinegar, and 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce.
Take your dry ingredients (brown sugar, chile powder, cumin, celery salt, garlic, salt, and pepper) and combine them in a bowl to make a rub. Rub the mixture on the brisket then place it in the crockpot. Next, combine ¾ cups of water, Worcestershire sauce, and ¾ cups of ketchup in a bowl and pour over the brisket. Cover and allow to simmer for 8 hours.
Grilled Pineapple BBQ Chicken
If you’ve never enjoyed the sweet taste of pineapple with the tangy combination of barbecue sauce, you’re missing out. This recipe is fairly simple and can be prepared on an outdoor or indoor grill. Choose your favorite flavored barbecue sauce, your favorite part of the chicken, and some canned or fresh pineapple. Sprinkle some salt and pepper on the chicken, then allow it to marinate for a few hours in the barbecue sauce. Place the chicken on the grill and place the pineapples on top. Grill the chicken and pineapple until meat is nice and tender then serve. This pairs well with grilled veggies like zucchini, asparagus, or broccoli.
Barbecue Chickpea Burgers
Last, but not least, a great barbecue recipe for vegetarians and vegans – barbecue chickpea burgers. Again, choose your favorite barbecue sauce. You’ll also need 1 cup of rolled oats, 1 can of chickpeas (drained and cleaned), 1 small chopped onion, 2 cloves of minced garlic, and some oil (for cooking).
Put the rolled oats into the food processor to grind into a fine powder. Then add the chickpeas, garlic, onion, and a ½ cup of barbecue sauce. Pulse in the food processor until everything is chopped and mixed together. Then, take the mixture and make 4 to 6 patties. If necessary, add oil to the grill to keep the burgers from sticking. Then, grill the patties on each side until they are light brown in color. Add the burgers to a bun, top it with cheese, onions, and lettuce with barbecue sauce to taste. You can pair it with sweet potato or zucchini fries.
Yes, it’s cold outside, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up the delicious taste of barbecued food until the Spring or Summer. Barbecue tastes great all year long and can easily be made indoors or outdoors. Incorporate these recipes into your weekly meal plans for delicious meals you and your family will enjoy.