The Best Charcoal Grill Menu for Your Backyard Get-Together

best charcoal grill menu for party

Are you planning a huge shindig at your home in the next few weeks? If so, then you might not be 100-percent on what food to serve.

You can’t go wrong with firing up the grill, but even so, there are certain BBQ recipes that you won’t want your guests to miss out on. For that reason, it’s important to learn about several different recipes to make a killer charcoal grill menu!

Continue reading for several recipes that you might want to consider for your big get-together that’s coming up.

1. Smoked Brisket

One of the most unique factors of grilling on a charcoal grill? The smokey flavor that it gives your meat. Few pieces of meat are associated with the term “smokey” than a flavorful brisket.

This delectable meat can be cooked slowly, soaking up all the smokiness without losing much of the juice inside. The results will be a thin layer of seasoned, brownish-black on the outside and tender meat on the inside.

It requires very little maintenance, just put the charcoal or wood pellets on and let the brisket sit inside for a while. Here’s how to use wood pellets in a charcoal grill. The results will be outstanding!

2. Prime Rib

While prime rib might be one of the more expensive items you can purchase at the meat market, it’s well worth the time and money!

The “eye” of the meat is larger than most other meat choices, giving you more servings to feed a larger party. The outside has juicy and tasty fat, while the tasty muscle lies inside.

You can use many different seasonings, such as herbs, barbecue seasoning, or a delicious glaze right before you take it off the grill. The smokey flavor will add to what will already be a mouth-watering taste for you and your guests.

3. Grilled Steak

Perhaps you’re looking to go a little fancier for your get-together. You’re wanting to impress somebody that’ll be in attendance with a more dignified form of meat. Not to mention, you want something that everyone will enjoy eating.

If so, then there’s no better fit than a grilled steak that’s cooked to perfection! You can ask for any requests on how they like their steak to be cooked. From there, it’s just a matter of timing.

These steaks can be served on a plate with potatoes, broccoli, rice, or any side dish that’s the perfect complement to this appetite-filling steak.

4. Burgers

Wanting to celebrate someone’s birthday? Looking for food for a spur of the moment get-together? If so, nothing makes a tastier dish in such a short turnaround than burgers.

You can season the meat or glaze it right before putting it on the grill. That way, your guests will be blown away by a “zing” that they weren’t expecting at first bite.

Just like the steaks, you’ll want to make sure you get everyone’s preference on how they like theirs to be cooked. However, the results will remain the same. The smokey flavor of a charcoal grill and the seasoning you place on it will create amazing results.

5. Baby Back Ribs

Maybe your guest list is a bit smaller and you’re wanting to maximize the meat that you choose. Perhaps you just want to go above and beyond for a special occasion.

Either way, you can’t go wrong with smoking baby back ribs. They’re juicy, flavorful, and tender. Three traits that will make any barbeque lover’s mouth tingle!

To cook them right, it’s all about timing. You want to maintain as low a temperature on your charcoal grill as possible (at or below 250 degrees), and grill for 2 hours.

This will give the meat enough time to thoroughly cook without losing an excess of that juicy flavor. Slather on your favorite barbeque sauce and you’ve got yourself a rack of ribs for all to chip away at!

6. Veggie Burger

Some of you reading this might have a vegan or vegetarian in your guest list. If so, you might not be sure of what to make for them. You don’t want them to feel left out or unincluded.

One of the best vegan options for a grill-out is a veggie burger. It will carry all the mouth-watering flavor in a compact burger-like shape. 

The trick with veggie burgers is to not overcook them. You’ll want to keep them on the grill for no longer than 5 seconds each side. So you might consider placing them on the grill towards the end of your grilling session.

7. Chicken

For those of you a bit more health-conscious, you might want a leaner meat option for your guests. Chicken is a great option because it allows you to do so many things.

You can prepare it with your favorite seasoning, use a barbeque-glaze on it, or just leave it plain and let your guests use their favorite toppings.

For chicken, you’ll want to place it on a low heat such as 165 degrees and let it sit for 7 minutes on both sides. Slice into the meat to make sure it’s fully cooked (no pink left inside) before moving on.

Broaden Up Your Charcoal Grill Menu

Now that you’ve seen several delectable choices to broaden up your charcoal grill menu, be sure to use these to your advantage.

Take the time to think through your guest list and see what types of food they might enjoy. Do they prefer hearty meals? Are they more of the health-conscious type?

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