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Ultimate BBQ Guide: Top Things to Cook in a Barbecue Party

Hosting a barbecue party can be exciting — gathering friends and family together over a smoky grill and some refreshing drinks. But, when the reality of planning hits you, one of your immediate concerns would be the menu.

What to Cook on a BBQ Party

From every kind of meat to the most popular side dishes you can serve, here is your perfect BBQ cooking list!

Burgers

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If you want to create patties of your own, you can always do so with butcher ground beef.

When cooking them, on the other hand, you need to expose the patties in direct high heat (450 to 500 °F). The optimal cooking time should be 8-10 mins, and the ideal flip frequency should only be once.

Here’s how you should grill burgers based on doneness:

  • Rare – Cook on one side for 3 mins., flip, and cook for an additional 4 mins. to reach an internal temperature of 120 to 125 °F.
  • Medium rare – Cook on one side for 3 mins., flip, and cook for an additional 4 mins to reach an internal temperature of 130 to 135 °F.
  • Medium – Cook on one side for 3 mins., flip, and cook for an additional 5 mins. to reach an internal temperature of 140 to 145 °F.
  • Medium-well – Cook on one side for 3 mins., flip, and cook for an additional 6 mins. to reach an internal temperature of 150 to 155 °F.
  • Well-done – Cook on one side for 3 mins., flip, and cook for an additional 7 mins. to reach an internal temperature of 160 to 165 °F.

Steaks

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Steak is one of the most popular dishes in bbq gatherings. When cooking, your meat must be exposed to high and direct heat (450 to 500 °F). You will need at least 30mins. in seasoning it.

The ideal cooking time for steak is about 6-10 mins, and the optimal flip frequency is only once.

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Here’s how you should grill steak based on doneness (for 1-inch thick steak):

  • Rare – Cook on one side for 5 mins., flip, and cook for an additional 3 mins. to reach an internal temperature of 120 to 130 °F.
  • Medium rare – Cook on one side for 5 mins., flip, and cook for an additional 4 mins. to reach an internal temperature of 130 to 135 °F.
  • Medium – Cook on one side for 6 mins., flip, and cook for an additional 4 mins. to reach an internal temperature of 140 to 150 °F.
  • Medium well – Cook on one side for 7 mins., flip, and cook for an additional 5 mins. to reach an internal temperature of 155 to 165 °F.
  • Well-done – Cook on one side for 10 mins., flip, and cook for an additional 12 mins. to reach an internal temperature of 170 °F or higher.

Hotdogs

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In grilling the perfect hotdogs, you will need to cook them in high and direct heat (450 to 500 °F). Their ideal cooking time is 5-8 mins. plus a flip frequency of three.

Seafood

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If you want to cook the perfect seafood such as fish in a barbecue, grill them with lemon slices to prevent them from sticking to the grates.

Cook fish over direct heat with a high temperature (450 to 500 °F), ideally for 30 minutes. It only needs to be flipped once.

You can also check out our easy-to-cook BBQ recipes that include a tasty tiger prawn treat!

Poultry

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Unlike the items above, poultry meat should only be cooked in indirect heat. You can also use a dry rub before basting the meat with sauce to avoid burned bits.

The ideal grilling temperature is medium heat (350 to 450 °F) with 2-18 hours of seasoning time and a flip frequency of two.

Roast Joints

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Roast joints, similar to poultry meat, needs only to be exposed to indirect heat with a low temperature (250 to 350 °F) when cooking.

It will ideally need 2-4 hours of cooking time plus 30 mins. in seasoning. The ideal flip frequency is only once.

You can also trim the fats so the meat will directly soak smoky aromas.

Here’s how you should grill roast joints based on doneness (for 2-3lb. roast):

  • Rare – Cook for about 1 hour to reach an internal temperature of 125°F.
  • Medium rare – Cook for about 1 hour to reach an internal temperature of 135°F.
  • Medium – Cook for 1 & 1/2 hour to reach an internal temperature of 145°F.
  • Medium well – Cook for 1 & 1/2 hour to reach an internal temperature of 150°F.
  • Well done – Cook for about 2 hours to reach an internal temperature of 160°F.

Sides

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Never forget the side dishes or snacks in any barbecue gathering! Aside from catering to the needs of your vegan guests, these foods can also prevent them from getting too satiated with meat.

Here are some of the best sides you can serve:

  • Spicy Grilled Corn
  • Bacon Macaroni and Cheese
  • Grilled Vegetable Kebab
  • Creamy Potato Salad

Bonus tips:

  • To add more flavours, add aromatic herbs to your coals.
  • Baste the meat with sauce and marinate them for 5-10 minutes.
  • Rest meat at room temperature before and after cooking for 30 minutes.
  • Use the right tools for grilling (fish slice, tongs, grill basket, and a food thermometer.)

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