Grilled Crab Legs Recipe

Crabs are a delicacy in many countries all over the world. They are cooked and served in a variety of ways; they can be boiled, baked and even grilled. Crab legs are a popular favorite among seafood lovers. While grilling is not the most common way of preparing crab legs, if it is done right, it can be an amazing dish. You can easily grill crab legs at home without too much time and effort. In fact, this tasty treat is much easier to prepare than other dishes with crab in them.

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Many people are skeptical about preparing crab at home but these fears are completely unfounded. The recipe for crab legs below can be attempted by anyone, whether you are a beginner to cooking seafood at home or you are an experienced seafood connoisseur.

The very first step in the process of preparing perfectly grilled crab legs, it to select the right crab. For beginners, it is better to choose a larger variety of crab. It is easier to grill larger crab legs as they are easier to handle with tongs than smaller crab legs. So, if you’re grilling crab legs for the first time, opt for a large variety of the crustacean-like snow crabs, Alaskan King crab or Dungeness crabs. All these varieties of crabs have big legs with a lot of meat on them, making them ideal choices for this recipe.

The next step would be to prep your crab legs to be grilled. This is the most important step and if you get this just right, your dish is sure to be a success. If you are working with frozen crab legs, it is best to let them thaw for a while before starting with the preparation. However, they do not need to completely thaw out. While your crab legs are thawing, preheat your grill to about 350 to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

Now it is time to season your crab legs prior to grilling them. Crab legs dipped in butter are truly one of the joys of life but you can add more seasoning for added taste. Cut the crab legs lengthwise and sprinkle some chopped garlic and parsley. For best results, season the crab legs with sea salt and black pepper too. Before grilling your crab legs you could wrap them up in aluminum foil but this isn’t strictly necessary.

Now, finally, you are ready to actually begin grilling your crab legs. To prevent the meat from sticking on to the grill, apply some oil on the crab legs. Keep the lid open while grilling. Start the grilling with low heat and gradually take it up to medium heat. Crab legs generally cook very fast. Overcooking crab legs is the most common mistake amateurs make. So, keep them on the grill for a maximum of four to five minutes and not more than that. As you take your crab legs off the grill, it is best to wrap them up in aluminum foil in order to retain the heat.

Follow the steps given above and you will be savoring delicious, perfectly grilled crab legs in no time at all!

Pork Chops on Your Charcoal Grill

Barbecue is the process of cooking meat over a low, indirect heat source. The smoky, rich flavor that barbecue confers on meat is well-loved all over the world. You can barbecue all types of meat and seafood. It is widely believed that boneless, skinless chicken breast is the most difficult type of meat to barbecue. However, pork chops can be just as and sometimes even more difficult to grill than chicken breast. This is because pork is a meat with minimal fat and as it is quite thin, it can be difficult to barbecue. Also, it does not have a very strong flavor adding to the difficulty. All this may intimidate a beginner to the world of barbecue but with a few pointers, anyone can grill succulent, tender pork chops.

The following tips will guide you, whether you are an amateur or an expert at barbecue, on your journey to the perfectly grilled pork chops:

The first step in the process is selecting the right chops. Make sure you choose the centre-cut as this has enough fat and also a rich flavor. Thin cuts of meat stand a very high chance of getting overdone quickly so it is best to select a cut of meat which is at least one and a half inches thick. Once you have the perfect cut of meat, half the battle is won. It is best to marinate the pork chops overnight. A marinade of honey, oil, vinegar, red pepper flakes and cumin would be perfect for pork chops.

Now, it is time to heat up your grill. A two-zone, indirect fire, with both hot and cool zones, would be your best bet. You can create hot and cool zones by piling all the charcoal on one side of the grill. Watch out for flare-ups, they are caused when fat drips on the coals and you can reduce its effects by moving your meat to the cool zones until the flare-up is mitigated. Once the chops are seared and the crust turns golden- brown you can move it to the cool zone in order to make sure it is cooked both on the inside and the out. Keep the temperature consistent at around 135 to 145 degrees Fahrenheit and you will end up with perfectly grilled pork chops.

Your grilled pork chops are almost ready to be served. Right after you take your meat off the grill, let it rest for about ten minutes in order to let the juices really soak into the meat. The meat will now have a great smoky and rich flavor. If you want to give it some extra flavor, you can always use a rub or some barbecue sauce to season it at the end.

Now, your flawlessly grilled pork chops are ready to be served. By following the pointers given above, you can prepare grilled pork chops at your next backyard barbecue bash and impress your friends and family with the wonderful flavors and the tender texture of the meat.

BBQ Chicken Pizza – the One Recipe to Die For

Barbecue and pizza are one of the best combinations out there. As any die-hard barbecue enthusiast knows, a perfectly made barbecue chicken pizza can change your life! For all those new to barbecue, the idea of cooking up a barbecue pizza from scratch may seem like quite a Herculean task but in reality, it is much easier than it sounds.

The recipe below can be attempted by anyone, even if you haven’t made a pizza at home before. It is easy enough for beginners to make and tastes amazing, so go ahead and get grilling!

Ingredients

1. Half a pound of prepared pizza dough
2. Extra-virgin olive oil
3. BBQ sauce of your choice
4. 8-ounce boneless chicken breast
5. 2/3 cup grated gouda cheese
6. 2/3 cup grated mozzarella cheese
7. Half small red onion
8. Fresh cilantro
9. Kosher salt, to taste
10. Black pepper, to taste

Method

The first step on the journey to that flawless BBQ chicken pizza is the dough. Once you have your dough ready, place it is a bowl that has been coated with olive oil, cover it with plastic wrap and place it aside for the moment. In the meantime, you should preheat the oven to about 425 degrees Fahrenheit for about half an hour.

While the over heats up, take some parchment paper and coat it with olive oil. Place the pizza dough on paper and slowly roll it out into a 10-inch circle with your hands. Do this carefully so as to keep the dough together and make sure it is even. Place another piece of parchment paper over it and again place it aside for about 30 minutes. This is done to give the dough a chance to rise. Take this time to mix one teaspoon of olive oil along with about two tablespoons of the barbecue sauce of your choice.

Place your chicken in a baking dish and season it with salt and pepper according to your tastes. Evenly, brush the barbecue sauce mix over the chicken until it is covered. Bake the chicken for about twenty minutes. When it cools down a little cut it into half-inch cubes. Take out your pizza dough and if you have any of the barbecue sauce remaining, you can brush it over the dough. However, make sure you leave out a ¾ inch border. You can now, place the chicken cubes on your pizza base.

Now it is time for the toppings. The best toppings to go with barbecue chicken are red onion, Gouda, and mozzarella. Your pizza is now ready to be baked. Place the base on a baking sheet and put it in the oven. You should bake it until the crust turns golden and the cheese begins to melt. This would take about 20 to 25 minutes. Top it off with cilantro and your BBQ chicken pizza is ready to be served.
This recipe is sure to be a great hit with your friends and family. So, at your next BBQ party, you can impress everyone with this homemade BBQ chicken pizza!