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10 Healthy Barbecuing Tips

It is summertime and people often like to barbecue their favorite meats out on the grill for their family and friends. However, there are some people who think barbecuing is unhealthy because it involves eating a lot of hamburgers and hot dogs which are unhealthy for you. The truth is that there is a whole other side to barbecuing which most people do not even consider. This is a side where you implement techniques to make the barbecued food healthier and even more enjoyable. Below are 10 tips on how to achieve this.

10 Healthy Barbecuing Tips

1) White Meat

Red meat is often a tradition with barbecuing but it doesn’t have to be your tradition. Ditch the hot dogs, steaks, and hamburgers the next time you have a barbecue. Instead, replace these meats with chicken breasts, turkey breasts, trout, and/or salmon. The great thing about these meats is they have little to no saturated fat. If you eat the fish, you’ll be getting healthy fats such as omega-3s. All you need to do is add a little spice to the meat and it will taste just as satisfying as any red meat.

2) Use Skinless Meats

Even though meats like chicken and turkey are healthy, the skin which covers the meat is still bad for you. This skin has saturated fat and you should always avoid eating it for that reason. Also, if you find any fat on the meat, cut that off and get rid of that too. If you have any animals, feed the fat and skin to them so they can enjoy it.

3) Add Lots of Vegetables

Did you know vegetables are great for grilling? That is why you often see grilled peppers and onions on a kebab skewer. They actually taste great after they’ve been barbecued with rubbing spices just like the meats. Some vegetables that go great with a barbecue include onions, mushrooms, green peppers, red peppers, eggplant, and corn. Even if you don’t want to have a kebab, these vegetables make great side dishes or toppings for the meat.

4) Smaller Portions

Each guest at your barbecue doesn’t need to be served a buffet. One healthy sized portion of meat should come out to about three or four ounces. Serve the meat in between two buns along with a side dish and it will certainly be a satisfying meal for them. At the same time, they won’t feel too full and develop cramps afterward. They will just feel full enough to have their hunger satisfied.

5) Marinate Meats

Do not flavor your meats with lots of salt and pepper like most people do. Buy some marinade and just place about ½ cup of it on the white meat that you’re grilling. You could also buy some rubbing spice and put about 1 tablespoon on the meat instead. Some examples of rubbing spices include cinnamon, garlic powder, rosemary, paprika, and chili powder. These spices have hardly any salt and they are much healthier than processed spices.

6) Homemade Side Dishes

The traditional side dishes at a barbecue are macaroni salad, cole slaw, and potato salad. Whether you make these yourself or not, they typically have lots of sugars and saturated fats in them. That is why you should think of making your own leafy green salad or fruit salad instead. These side dishes will have 100% natural ingredients with no unhealthy ingredients at all.

7) Go Vegetarian

If you’re the type of person that must have burgers at their barbecue, at least consider using veggie burgers instead of beef burgers. Veggie burgers contain a variety of ground up vegetables such as corn, beans, potatoes, and mushrooms. There will also be some nuts, flax, and grains in the mix too. This will allow you to get your protein fix without having to consume meat.

8) Fruits

Just like vegetables, you can grill fruits too. They might not go great with a kebab, but they’ll still make wonderful side dishes. Try grilling plums, peaches, figs, pineapple, apples, or bananas. Some people used grilled fruits as their dessert after they’ve eaten the main course.

9) Fruit Condiments

It is normal for condiments like ketchup and mustard to be at a barbecue. But these condiments are loaded with sugars and salts that you shouldn’t have inside of you. Why not try some healthier alternative condiments? Try squeezing a slice of lime or a slice of lemon over your meat and let the juices drip onto it. This will add extra flavor without hurting your health.

10) Whole Grain Buns

You will never find a barbecue without buns for the meat. Even for white meats like chicken breast, it is common for people to put the breast meat in between two buns and eat it as a chicken sandwich. The problem is that most barbecues use white bread for the buns. But if you search hard at the supermarket, you will find whole grain buns available. These are a much healthier alternative to the white buns.

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Filipino Style Barbecue

Barbecue is definitely not just a summertime event. For Filipinos, it can be in every party or a part of an ordinary meals. A Filipino barbecue is prepared with tiny bits of pork that are char-grilled and skewered on bamboo sticks. Although it is thinly cut in squares, the meat is filled with tons of flavors. You can taste the sweet, savory and spicy flavor that many people have come to know as Pinoy Styled Barbecue.

In the Philippines, these pork barbecues can be seen being sold on the streets. It is an affordable street delight that Filipinos cannot resist. The aroma of the barbecue attracts them and they line up in hordes to get a bite. Filipinos often serve beers with barbecues to enhance the flavor of the meat.

Filipino Style Barbecue

Ingredients for Filipino-Styled Barbecue

  • 2 pounds of pork (shoulder or belly)
  • 1 teaspoon of finely minced garlic
  •  ½ cup of soy sauce
  • ¼ cup of calamansi juice (Calamansi are lime for Filipinos)
  • ½ cup of banana catsup or tomato catsup
  • 8 oz or a can of Ginger Ale (7-Up or Sprite for alternatives)
  • ½ cup of brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon of ground black pepper powder
  • 12 to 14 bamboo skewers

*This recipe can make about 12 to 14 Filipino-style servings.

Directions for Filipino-Styled Barbecue

  1. You have to slice the pork meat in 1-inch cuts, to make it ready for the skewer.
  2. Prepare the marinade by mixing together the minced garlic, soy sauce, calamanco juice (or lemon), banana catsup, half of ginger ale, salt and black pepper in a bowl.
  3. Leave aside half of the marinade and sugar for the glaze.
  4. Soak the pork in the marinade and keep the container in the freezer overnight.
  5. Immerse bamboo skewers in water for 20 minutes.
  6. After 20 minutes, skewer the pork onto the bamboo sticks. Have 6 to 7 pieces on each bamboo stick.
  7. Set the barbecue grill to medium high heat so it can pre-heat.
  8. Add the ginger ale and sugar that was set aside for the grilling glaze.
  9. Grill the pork for 12 minutes on each side until it is char-grilled. Filipinos brush the glaze on the pork barbecue to make it moist and shiny.

Every barbecue is best served hot, but Filipino-style barbecue is served best with tomatoes, cucumbers, green pickled mangoes or green papaya pickled relish.

A tip to prevent the sugar from crystallizing or the meat from hardening is to mix the sugar in the marinade or glaze.

If your taste buds crave for spicy barbecue, add a teaspoon or two of sriracha sauce or one to two bird’s eye chilies.

Filipino-style barbecues can still be enjoyed in the winter season! Prepare the marinade and the pork on bamboo skewers. The oven should be pre-heated at 190.56 Degrees Celsius. A 9 by 13 with a height of not more than 2 inches. Place the grill over the shallow pan and the skewered pork on the grill rack. The pan should be placed at the center of the oven for 30 minutes at Pre-heat the oven at 190.56 Degrees Celsius.

And viola, you now have a Filipino-styled barbecue! Learn more about the best grills at DadgumBarbecue.com.