It's really hot outside in Bowling Green right now. I love the smell of fresh cut, green grass, the flowers blooming and there's lots of birds, squirrels and wild life in the City of Bowling Green. Believe it or not we even have rabbits, raccoons, foxes, opossums, garter snakes and turkey buzzards roaming around in our neighbor at different times of the day and night!
With that being said, here are the top five types of meat that I like to cook outdoors on my backyard deck or patio during this time of year especially with the Fourth of July just around the corner. Grilling and smoking meat is fun and relaxing. Usually, it means a good time with family members and friends. Grilled or smoked meat is also healthier with less fat or grease. (However, if you Google this subject you'll will find out what the critics say about the flip side of grilled and smoked meats. But I am not going there today on this blog) Whether you have a gas grill or a grill that uses charcoal, it's all good and fun!
1.) Hamburgers: There's nothing better than good ole fashion grilled hamburgers. They go perfect with buns, mustard, ketchup, onion, pickles, cheese or just a plain hamburger with some steak sauce on top of it.
2.) Boneless pork chops: Grilled boneless pork chops go good with corn on the cob, brussel sprouts, bake potatoes, mashed potatoes or whatever usual menu dinner item you can prefer at dinner time. You can put a little of garlic powder and pepper them before you put them on the grill or baste them with BBQ sauce.
3.) Boston Butt: I love to smoke at eight to ten pound Boston Pork Butt in my BBQ water smoker with charcoal and hickory chips on the patio. Usually, it takes about 10-12 hours. It goes great with Southern mustard style cole slaw, BBQ beans, mustard potato salad or a baked potato.
4.) BBQ Baby Ribs: Oh Lord, you can't go wrong with BBQ Baby Back Ribs! There's there's three ways that I like to cook them. The first way is for me to boil them in water and then put them on the gas grill and baste them off and on with BBQ sauce. And the second way is that I grill them direct on the charcoal grill while basting them with BBQ and the third way is smoke them on the water smoker for five or six hours after I apply BBQ seasoning rub.
5.) Grilled Lemon Chicken Breasts: This is really a healthy favorite of mine. I love the taste of grilled lemon pepper seasoning sprinkled on them and baste them with a lemon pepper liquid sauce on the grilled chicken. Grilled chicken goes good with a healthy choice of grilled vegetables such as zucchini, broccoli, asparagus and summer squash. (You can make your on lemon pepper liquid basting sauce with olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, pepper and a little of bit of garlic salt or garlic powder.
Happy Fourth of July and Happy Grilling!