Summer vacation is coming to a close, but Chicagoland still has plenty of warm and sunny days ahead. Celebrate your weekends off of school and work with a decadent barbecue that keeps that summer feeling going well into the fall. Up your game, and grill something spectacular with these tips.
1. Get the Grill Going
The first step to grilling a truly delicious dinner is prepping the grill. Start the fire and warm the grill so any residue or buildup will soften. Clean off the grates with a grill brush before you begin. When the grill is clean, dip an old towel in canola oil and rub it over the hot grates to keep your meal from sticking as you cook.
2. Pick Your Meat
For a truly Chicago-style meal, your must-have meat is rib tips. This is a local favorite for its combination of crispy outer meat and soft juicy center. If you’re going for burgers, choose high-quality beef and you won’t have to worry about blending it with other meats or adding a lot of seasoning. Splurge on ground beef and it will need nothing else to taste truly outstanding.
3. Get a Little Saucy
If you’re making rib tips or another type of barbecued meat, a tomato-based sauce will give you the most authentic midwestern flavor. You can bring the flavor of some of Chicago’s most iconic restaurants right to your home with the right purchase. Mumbo Sauce was born on the south side of the city and though the restaurant chain closed, you can still buy the sauces in stores.