The summer sun is shining brightly and it’s time to hit the backyard for some good times with great people. And what goes better with backyard parties than summer barbeque recipes? We love nothing more than good ol’ backyard barbeque around here. So we talked three of our favorite Yogibo Employees/Chefs into giving us their BBQ secrets to share!
Our first Yogibo Top Chef is our CEO, Eyal, and with some flattery and begging we got him to give up a BBQ secret. He swears by these 3 simple ingredients to turn any BBQ into an Awe-Yeah-Be-Que!
Recipe #1 - 3 Ingredient Marinade
1 Cup Soy Sauce (Chef’s choice Kikkoman)
2 minced Garlic Cloves (garlic powder can be used if you don’t want to deal with those smelly boys) and if you’re feeling adventurous: minced Ginger
3 TBSP Honey or Agave Syrup
Mix together and marinate any choice of meat for at least an hour. The Chef suggests beef, chicken thighs, salmon and especially tofu (for the veggie heads who still like to get down at the grill)!
Recipe #2 - Rib Rub
Next up, our Director of Operations, John, was coerced into sharing his Yummy Yummy Rib Recipe. This one has a few more ingredients. First step: the rub.
1/2 Cup Paprika
1/4 Cup Kosher Salt, finely ground
1/4 Cup Sugar
2 TBSP Mustard Powder
1/4 Cup Chili Powder
1/4 Cup Ground Cumin
2 TBSP Ground Black Pepper
1/4 Cup Granulated Garlic
2 TBSP Cayenne
1. Mix all ingredients and store in a tightly covered container. You’ll want to keep some in a shaker next to the grill or stove. Remove the membrane from boney side of the ribs. Sprinkle mix on ribs, liberally coating both sides.
2. Put ribs in a shallow pan or on a cookie sheet and cover them with clear plastic wrap or a lid. Refrigerate until you’re ready to use: marinate them for at least an hour, but overnight is better for the meat to soak up the most flavor.
Now onto cooking the ribs (this is where John gets fancy):
1 Cup distilled vinegar
1 Cup water
1 TBSP of above rub
In a small bowl, combine 1 Cup distilled vinegar with 1 Cup water and 1 TBSP of the rub.
1. Set your grill to medium-low heat or fire up the charcoal until it reaches about 250ºF. Place ribs bone side down and cook for about an hour or until golden brown, basting regularly. Then flip over and cook on other side until golden brown (it should take about 45 minutes at this temperature). If the dripping fat causes flare-ups, move to another part of the grill.
2. To tell if the ribs are done, grab the end of one slab—if they bend and pull apart at the bone, they should be ready. Use a proper thermometer to make sure the meat is heated to at least 162ºF. Once cooked, place ribs on a plate and mop both sides with your favorite sauce, then sprinkle enough rub seasoning to lightly coat the top of the ribs.
That one took a little more work than Eyal’s easy 3 ingredient recipe but it’s worth it! Enjoy!
Recipe #3 - Lime / Cilantro Salmon Steaks
Our last summer delight comes from Logan, our Warehouse Manager and actual chef for years. He guarded his BBQ secrets well, but through offers of cakes and pies, we got him into such a sugar craze he gave it up: BBQ Cilantro Lime Salmon!
4 9 oz. Salmon Steaks
1 stick melted Butter
1/4 Cup Lime Juice
1/4 Cup finely Chopped Cilantro
1. Put the Salmon steaks in a glass dish and cover with the melted butter and lime juice with just a pinch or two of salt.
2. Cover and let sit in the fridge (overnight preferable)
3. Grill and occasionally brush on some of the remaining marinade.
4. Sprinkle the cilantro on the steaks just before serving.
Determined to give you his whole BBQ experience, Logan also suggests pairing with a Pinot Noir or a Scottish Ale because the salmon will have a “smokiness” from grilling that would match up well with those drinks.
Share your BBQ tips and recipes below, and let us know which one of our Yogibo Top Chefs got your taste buds dancing. It’s time to get grocery shopping, call up those friends and fire up the grill! With a little heat, Yogibo, music, and friends, this summers’ BBQs will be epic!