I am a huge fan of BBQ. I love all kinds of Bar-B-Que like pulled pork and beef, all the different kinds of ribs, steaks, chicken, and turkey you name it I love to eat it. The only problem is I don't have a proper grill to cook this stuff on. I also lived in an apartment where you had to grill in the parking lot which isn't fun especially when you're by yourself. I'm from the south so we BBQ during all the seasons, so when I moved north I started to go through BBQ withdraw because it's too cold to cook outside. The solution for both is simple, cook up some Bar-B-Que in your kitchen!
You would be surprised at the quality of BBQ you can make in your kitchen. I'm sure the BBQ guys are laughing at me while they think about their large grills, smoking chips and natural wood charcoals, but the fact of the matter is you can reproduce the BBQ effect without a grill. Yes, there are some drawbacks, like the lack of the ability to use wood chips which makes for a great smokey flavor, but you also have some perks of using your kitchen, like the ability to monitor temperature better with the oven. So with a little know how and prep you can produce some delicious BBQ right in your kitchen.
In order to do some of these recipes you could use a broiler pan, a pan that has a grill on the inside to elevate the meat out of the juices. You don't always want your meat sitting in it's own liquid. When it's on grill is usually doesn't, so having one of these is handy. Also I would recommend buying a digital thermometer with the probe. This make checking for doneness easy and can help you regulate the temperature of the oven as well.
BBQ Favorites in the Oven
Pulled or Chopped Pork/Beef
I love pulled pork! It's a staple at most BBQ places and I love making my own. You can accomplish this in the oven pretty easily and achieve a lot of flavor. I found a good recipe over at kevinandamanda.com
that has a great step by step recipe for pulled pork. It has a brine which is always good and a rub recipe that it pretty standard but looks really good and easy. Also try Alton Brown's recipe
. This one I have tried and it's great and take a close look at the brine recipe it's pretty awesome. You can use your broiler pan in this one and your meat thermometer.
Steak in the Oven
Alton Brown has the best method for cooking a steak in an oven. He has two that I want you to look at the first is for a Sirloin Steak
and the other is for a pan seared rip eye steak
. In both these you put your oven on broil and cook the steak every close to the top. You can use your broiler pan for this one as well or just use the method Alton suggests. If you want to use your thermometer on this one here are the temperature doneness and descriptions for Steaks.
Rare — (52 °C [125 °F] core temperature) The outside is grey-brown, and the middle of the steak is red and slightly warm.
Medium rare — (55 °C [130 °F] core temperature) The steak will have a fully red, warm center. This is the standard degree of cooking at most steakhouses, unless specified otherwise.
Medium — (60 °C [140 °F] core temperature) The middle of the steak is hot and red with pink surrounding the center. The outside is grey-brown.
Medium well done — (65 °C [150 °F] core temperature) The meat is light pink surrounding the center.
Well done — (71 °C [160 °F] and above core temperature) The meat is grey-brown throughout and slightly charred.
Overcook — (much more than 71 °C [160 °F] core temperature) The meat is dark throughout and slightly bitter.
Ribs in the Oven
There's nothing quite like a braised short ribs done in the oven. In fact I kind of prefer ribs done in the oven rather than the grill. Here is a great recipe for slow braised short ribs
. Also this recipe for Bbq Braised Beef Ribs
is great, but it calls to move then to the grill after getting them started, so if you don't have a grill you can't do this one. Can't forget about the baby back ribs
Give Me More
Okay well that's enough to get you started. There are tons of ways to cook all your favorite BBQ in your kitchen you just have to know how to pull it off. I might be adding more recipes as I try them to this collection of BBQ recipes done in the kitchen.