Grill Master smoker Recipes
May is National BBQ Month and if you’re the grilling guru of your family or neighborhood, now is the perfect time to sharpen your barbecue skills.
Here are 4 basic recipes for mastering the art of BBQ and kick off your summer grilling. You’ll be the resident Pit Master.
Authentic barbecue takes time. These hacks, tips, and tricks will guide you the right direction to perfection wood fired grilling this Memorial Day or 4th of July.
The Top 4 Recipes to Master BBQ
1. 3-2-1 Ribs -
Ribs are one of the key meats to mastering barbecue. In competitions across the country, ribs are a hot contender, our 3-2-1 Ribs are deliciously simple and this recipe will help you show you how to create tender, savory, and smoky ribs at home in no time. The 3-2-1 name references the cook time, these babies take 6 hours total to smoke.
First, the ribs smoke low and slow for 3 hours so you can set the temperature to smoke and get back to spending time with the family. We recommend practicing your cannon ball into the pool or throwing around a football. Make your house the rib crib, once you smoke this baby back ribs recipe a few times, your friends will be knocking down your door for more ribs every weekend.
Tips for mastering ribs:
Check out this Tip from the Pros on How to Remove Silver Skin.
Tip 1 - How to Apply a Rub.
To get rub seasoning to penetrate the meat, you need to apply a sticky substance to the meat first, mustard works great. Then apply the rub seasoning, it will stay in place and flavor the meat perfectly.
Tip 2 – How to Tenderize Ribs.
To help tenderize the meat, use a slightly acidic ingredient directly on the exterior of the protein such as apple juice or vinegar or mustard, this will help loosen the meat fibers and help it to tenderize it as it cooks.
Tip 3 – Sealing in the Flavor.
After a long smoke, sauce the ribs with BBQ sauce, wrap them loosely in foil and cook them for another 2 hours. This will help keep the juices and sauce from cooking off and allow the flavor to seep deep into the ribs.
Remove the ribs from the foil and mop them with Traeger BBQ sauce. Let the BBQ ribs grill for another hour, the BBQ sauce will permeate into the ribs and cling to the tender meat creating an amazing flavor.
A wood pellet grill creates the best tasting chicken. Our Whole Smoked Chicken recipe is covered in simple spices and smokes for 2-3 hours. You can mow the lawn, or watch a ball game as it cooks and when the chicken is finished, it will taste better than a pre-made rotisserie chicken from the grocery store. This recipe is simple but helps you master the art of BBQ chicken and make it moist, tender, juicy, and super flavorful. If someone in your family says they’re bored with eating chicken, this recipe will cure their bird blues.
Tips for mastering chicken:
Tip 1 – Why Brine.
Brining infuses poultry with moisture, flavor, and prevents the meat from drying out. Brine keeps that bird juicy inside, and flavorfully crispy outside. You can create your own herbs and spice blend to brine chicken, or grab our Turkey Brine Kit, this is a delicious blend and works wonders to tenderize and season any poultry. This handy brining chart also has tips and tricks on how to brine.
Tip 2 – Let it Rest.
As meat cooks, the water in the muscle is expelled; by letting the meat rest after it’s finished cooking, the moisture and natural flavoring is reabsorbed into the muscle. When you cut into the meat, it will be juicy and flavorful, inside and out.
Tip 3 – Chicken’s Internal Temperature.
Always cook chicken to an internal temperature of 160 degrees F. Undercooked chicken will make you sick.
Chicken is a great protein that easily absorbs flavor via smoke. Traeger hardwood smoke will infiltrate every inch of the bird with delicious flavor. We’ve got 9 different pellet flavors to choose from.