National BBQ Month
Now is the season for entertaining over the grill. The successful cookout party requires careful planning and timing to achieve that appearance of relaxation and grill mastery. First, if you’re using charcoal, the fire must be started at the right time - usually an hour before. I've been to parties where the evening is spent standing around drinking wine while waiting for the coals to get ready. Don’t wait ‘til too late AND don’t Start too early.
As for what to cook, remember: “easy does it” with chicken, don’t cook it over too hot a grill. A whole leg of lamb can be turned on the spit or butterflied and marinated, then grilled Greek style. Practically every cut of beef, can be grilled – steaks, hamburger or London broil. Pork is also perfect for the grill. Chops, steaks, ham steaks and, especially, spareribs, are ideal. Seafood is also terrific. Flaky fish has the tendency to stick, so it should be well-oiled and cooked over moderate heat. Shellfish is great over a moderate fire with plenty of basting butter.