Easy Meat to Grill
[Photographs: Joshua Bousel, Shao Z, J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]
Can't decide what to make for the biggest cook-out holiday of the year? We've got you covered. From smoky ribs to spiced kebabs, juicy pork chops, and spicy chicken wings, we have 16 great excuses to fire up your grill this Fourth of July.
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Grilled Spicy Chicken Wings With Soy and Fish Sauce
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Chicken wings are marinated overnight in a salty-spicy mix of soy sauce, fish sauce, Shaoxing wine, and chilies. With great savory depth from the fish sauce, the wings are easy to prep and deliver great bold flavor. Let's just say those burger and rib standbys are gonna have to make some room on the grilling rotation.
Memphis-Style Dry Ribs
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Traditional Memphis dry ribs are cooked over charcoal, brushed with a vinegar mop every 15-20 minutes, and then finished with a dry rub. The result? Tender bones of tangy meat that showcase the hot-and-sweet herbal, earthy rub.
Adana Kebabs (Ground Lamb Kebabs)
[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]
These traditional Turkish kebabs are made with juicy lamb meat that's molded around flat metal skewers and grilled over live coals. The grilled meat is typically served as a platter with rice and salad, or inside a tightly rolled wrap made with Turkish lavash, along with a red onion and parsley salad seasoned with sumac. Before rolling up the bread, the grilled meat is sprinkled with a mixture of cumin, sumac, salt, and roasted chilies.