As we often do at the end of a summery day, Alex and I had a barbecue last night. No, we haven’t moved out of our “penthouse,” nor have we figured out how to reappropriate our one square-foot fire escape landing as a deck, nor did we didn’t schlep out to Brooklyn where open spaces are less of an anomaly. Nope, we had it right inside our own apartment. Alex made a massive batch of “his” barbeque sauce, I made the baked beans, we slivered some cabbage and tossed it with coleslaw dressing, seared some chicken sausages from Whole Foods (that completely freaked me out because they had black beans, whole ones, inside–ew) and popped open a couple cold ones.
When you’re as barbecue-obsessed as we are, you can’t be limited by your lack of grill and patio. These everywhere-but-nyc standards are just minor setbacks, wee hurdles to overcome. The only thing you really need for an awesome barbecue is good company and failure-free recipes.
These are some of mine:
- Ina Garten’s Barbeque Sauce
- Hot and Smoky Baked Beans
- Tequila Lime Chicken
- Green Onion Slaw
- Deb’s Three-Bean Chili
- Corn Bread with Cheddar, Jalapeño and Green Onions
- Black Bean Confetti Salad
- Salsa Fresca
- Not Your Mama’s Coleslaw
- Pork Riblets (Actually, if you grill these this weekend and don’t invite me over, I don’t know if we can be friends anymore.)
- And whatever you do, don’t forget dessert.
- Last summer, we grilled pizza several times and it’s absolutely the best. That charred underside and smoky flavor is the closest thing I’ve made to the brick oven greats, and it’s such a refreshing change from the usual barbecue fare. MattBites breaks down the process splendidly over here.
- I haven’t made Melissa Clark’s version of “fake baked beans” yet (though I’m unsure what’s fake about them), but Luisa’s glorious description of them makes it difficult to hold out much longer, no matter how much I love the hot and smoky variety above.
- A popcorn popper! For the grill!
- Perhaps a holdover from my vegetarian days, there are few things that I think grill up better than vegetables. Kalyn gets zucchini just right over here.
- I made a batch of Ceres and Bacchus’ microwaved potato chips a couple nights ago, with a spritz of olive oil spray, sea salt and a dash of smoked paprika and nearly wept with joy. They might be the only thing to successfully upstage my precious turkey sandwich lunch.
- If you haven’t yet checked out HelenJane’s 31 days of warm weather entertaining tips, you’re probably already kicking yourself. But it’s not too late to catch up on white sangria, barbeque pork on a bun, demystified, burgers with a special song and a secret ingredient, bocce skewers and a dozen others. Somewhere, Martha Stewart must be weeping with creative envy.
I suspect I’ll have more recipes coming as the weekend progresses, but in case we miss each other, have a great holiday!