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Campfire Barbeque Recipes and Tips

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Kebabs - make it any way you like!

Barbequing is one of America's past times. Whether it's a celebration for the 4th of July or a celebratory night with friends, Americans love to barbeque. And for good reason - barbequing represents the best of both worlds - social and culinary. As the smoky flavor of the the grill satisfy the food lovers taste buds, even the most socially inhibited person is able to flourish in the barbeque atmosphere. Luckily, you don't have to be in Memphis to eat great BBQ. Delicious barbeque can be cooked with a few simple ingredients over your campfire.

Read on to find tips and recipes for the barbeque trifecta - Pork, beef, and chicken.

Who doesn't like kebabs? They are versatile, fun to eat and cook, and delicious. You can cook kebabs with any meat you like and use mostly any vegetable. It is this versatility that makes kebabs such a crowd pleaser.

Kebabs (chicken, pork, or beef)

Serves: 12 kebabs

  • 5 lbs top or bottom round beef (or boneless chicken), cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 3 large yellow bell peppers, seeded and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 3 large red bell peppers, seeded and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 large onion, cut into 1-inch squares
  • Metal or wooden skewers

Season meat and vegetables with salt, pepper, and coat lightly with extra virgin olive oil. Arrange meat and vegetables on skewer. Most people prefer an equal ratio of meat to vegetables, however this can be tailored to your own tastes. When cooking the kebabs, remember to rotate the skewers every few minutes. Reapply extra virgin oil while cooking when necessary. To give your meat extra kick, use sea salt instead of regular table salt. Sea salt is known to bring out the natural flavors in meat and is a part of any good chef's repertoire.

If you ask people what their favorite food is, many of them would respond with "ribs". Pork ribs are always a barbeque favorite. They may be embarrassingly messy, but they are very tasty and almost everyone loves them. Just remember the napkins!

Garlic Cajun Pork Ribs

Serves: 8 servings

  • 1 1/2 gallons water
  • 6 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 6 tablespoons Cajun seasoning
  • 4 tablespoons seasoned salt
  • 4 pounds pork baby back ribs
  • 1 (18 ounce) bottle barbeque sauce
  • 6 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

In a large pot, bring the water to a boil. Season the boiling water with 2 tablespoons of garlic, 4 tablespoons of Cajun seasoning, and 4 tablespoons of seasoned salt. Boil rips in seasoned water for roughly 20 minutes. In a separate mixing bowl, mix together BBQ sauce, 2 tablespoons of garlic, 2 tablespoons of Cajun seasoning, and 2 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce and seasoned salt. Apply the barbeque sauce mixture to the ribs and grill 7 to 12 minutes per side.

Chicken is one of the more popular barbeque foods. Our list would be incomplete without at least one chicken recipe. A versatile meat and a great source of protein, chicken is a barbequing staple. Try this finger-licking good honey mustard chicken recipe, guaranteed to make you and your guests reach for seconds.

Honey Mustard Grilled Chicken

Serves: 8 servings

  • 2/3 cup Dijon Mustard
  • 1/2 cup Honey
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons steak sauce
  • 8 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

Mix the Dijon mustard, honey, mayonnaise, and steak sauce in a bowl. Dip the chicken into the sauce and make sure you set aside sauce for basting. Grill chicken over heat for 20 minutes, using the remaining sauce to baste the chicken.

What is more traditional than having a barbeque? Dessert! Finish off your meal with a tasty, healthy dessert. Hard fruits like apples, pears, and pineapples are the easiest fruit to cook since they hold their texture and shape well. For most fruits, you want to cut it down the middle and remove the seeds and core. Typically, you can leave the peels on; this helps the fruit hold together when exposing it to a grill or a hot surface. Large fruits and citrus should be cut into slices to expose the flesh to the fame. As always, make sure you clean the grate before grilling your fruit. Grilled fruit make a great addition to any meal. Try it! You will be surprised by how flavorful grilled fruit is!

Check out the short video for other grilling and barbeque tips:

Now take all this knowledge on the road with you to ensure that your campfire barbeque is a flavorful one!

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