It’s all come down to this – the competition has been gradually eliminated and only a select few competitors are left in the battle for ultimate supremacy…no we aren’t talking about the Super Bowl. Ok, maybe we are somewhat talking about the Super Bowl, but we are also talking about Friedman’s Tailgate Like a Boss event.
As it gets closer to the Big Game, you want to make sure that you have everything you need to entertain your guests, your family, or maybe just yourself. Friedman’s can help you prepare accordingly and affordably, regardless of whether this is your rookie grilling season or if you’re a “seasoned” vet (all puns intended). Here are some grilling tips to get you started:
What Grill or Smoker Should I Pick?
Just like an athlete, you can’t perform at your best if you don’t have the right equipment! For our aspiring and current grill “pros” here are some brands that we would suggest to make your Big Game party a success:
- Napoleon – Napoleon is one of the premier propane grill brands. Known for its sleek design and its elegant looks, Napoleon grills are also very affordable. To up the ante, Napoleon grills are one of the few grills out there that have the ability to use gas or charcoal. This brand is best for people who may need to grill many items, but are pressed for time.
- Traeger – Traeger is a pellet grill brand and is known for its flexibility as well as its overall surface area. Additionally, if you’re trying to maintain a steady temperature for smoking purposes, Traeger has you covered. This brand would be good for anyone that is serving multiple meats that are cooked using multiple methods like smoking, grilling, roasting, and baking.
- Big Green Egg – Big Green Egg is known for their kamado style grills. Typically kamado grills are made of ceramic or stone and in the Big Green Egg’s case, allow for very high heat as well as very low heat cooking. Due to its flexibility and general affordability, Big Green Eggs are most useful for anyone who is relatively new to grilling or wants to cook a diverse range of foods.
How Much Time Should I Allow?
If you plan on smoking any meats, you want to allow at least 4 hours for preparation, the smoking process, and then serving. If you’re grilling food like hamburgers and hot dogs, setting aside 1.5 hours for preparation, heating up the grill, and then a short grill process should be more than enough time.
Side dishes for the most part, can be created relatively quickly. Allowing 30 minutes for preparation and 30 minutes for cooking should cover you for the basic side dishes like baked beans, salads, or dips. If your side dishes involve a traditional baking process, add an extra hour for prep time, cooking time, and cooling.
Desserts are a bit of a wild card when it comes to how much time you should allow. Unless your dessert has to be served immediately, give yourself as much lead time as possible.
Any Good Recipes?
Check out this really good babyback ribs recipe from our friends at Traeger!
3-2-1 BABYBACK RIBS
PREP TIME: 15 MINS
COOK TIME: 6 HRS
SERVES: 6 – 8
2 RACKS BABY BACK PORK RIBS
1/3 CUP YELLOW MUSTARD
1/2 CUP, DIVIDED APPLE JUICE
1TBSP WORECESTSHIRE SAUCE
1/2 CUP DARK BROWN SUGAR
1 CUP TRAEGER BBQ SAUCE
1/3 CUP HONEY, WARMED
TO TASTE TRAEGER PORK AND POULTRY SHAKE
If your butcher has not already done so, remove the thin silverskin membrane from the bone-side of the ribs by working the tip of a butter knife or a screwdriver underneath the membrane over a middle bone. Use paper towels to get a firm grip, then tear the membrane off.
In a small bowl, combine the mustard, 1/4 cup of apple juice (reserve the rest), and the Worcestershire sauce. Spread thinly on both sides of the ribs; season with Traeger Pork and Poultry Rub.
When ready to cook, start the Traeger grill on Smoke with the lid open until the fire is established (4 to 5 minutes). Smoke the ribs, meat-side up, for 3 hours. Transfer the ribs to a rimmed baking sheet but leave the grill on. Set the temperature to 225F.
Tear off four long sheets of heavy-duty aluminum foil. Top with a rack of ribs; pull up the sides to keep the liquid enclosed.
Sprinkle half the brown sugar on the rack, then top with half the honey and half of the remaining apple juice. (Use a bit more apple juice if you want more tender ribs).
Lay another piece of foil on top and tightly crimp the edges so there is no leakage. Repeat with the remaining rack of ribs. Return the foiled ribs to the grill and cook for an additional two hours.
Carefully remove the foil from the ribs – watch out for hot steam – and brush the ribs on both sides with Traeger BBQ Sauce. Discard the foil. Arrange the ribs directly on the grill grate and continue to grill until the sauce “tightens”, 30 minutes to 1 hour more.
Let the ribs rest for a few minutes before serving.
Now that you have your tailgating “playbook”, you are all set for the Big Game. Best of luck!