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Recommended barbecue food from nutritionist for BBQ beginners.

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Have you ever been stumped on simply what to prepare for the BBQ? Maybe you’ve got the general idea but wonder if there could just be a little bit more? We’d like to introduce a few recipes and ideas recommended by actual nutritionist themselves to help get your BBQ going.

All BBQ Beginners Should Know These

Those that have at least experienced the thrill of BBQ can say they know what a BBQ is, but those with zero experience at all are likely to have no idea.

Let’s talk about the meats. Of course, there’s beef, pork, chicken etc. Furthermore, there’s each and every cut with their own unique qualities such as texture, and taste. Be sure to brush up on your meat cuts and their qualities while checking out some of the recommendations below.

Beef

Beef will likely be at every BBQ that you attend. It is the staple of BBQ, and with a little effort and a few different cooking methods like using a Dutch Oven, making something is relatively easy!

Shoulder Roast

Soft, tender, and a bit of a fatty cut, we recommend tossing them directly on the grill.

Should Roast

The shoulder cuts do contain a bit of tendon however, and will need to be cut. Cutting too much of the tendon can cause a loss of juiciness in the meat. Cut delicately and be sure to leave a bit behind.

Sirloin

Sirloin

Full of fibers, this is one cut especially easy for BBQ beginners to handle. Since there is a decent amount of marbling, it may be a bit easy to burn. However, if placed directly on the grill rack. We recommend a steel plate/pan.

Rib Roast

Rib Roast

Another easy cut for newcomers, the rib roast is the part in between the shoulder and sirloin. Similar to the sirloin cut, it is recommended to cook on an iron plate/pan. You’ll want to hit the outside with high heat before slowly BBQing on low heat to help keep the meat nice and soft. As a steak or a whole roast, the rib roast is always delicious.

Pork

Japan’s domestic pork is a must have at any BBQ. There are many ways to include them including Yaki Soba!

Spare Ribs

Spare Ribs

Pork spare ribs are second to none at any BBQ. Remove the tendons and apply a thorough amount of enzyme rich fruit. They’ll become a bit hard if grilled too long and thus we recommend grilling on high heat just to scorch the surface of the meat before turning down the flame to lock in the juices.

Pork Belly

With plenty of fat, pork belly is often used in everyday households. They’re also a little easy to burn and fat can drop through the metal net in your grill causing a bit of a flame eruption! Be careful. We recommended these in Yaki Soba.

Roast

Roast

Roast is soft and fine in texture. You can almost immediately throw them on the grill with zero preparation and they’ll still be destined to be good. We also recommend the Dutch Oven. Cut the tendons before cooking to get the best flavor and to help prevent the meat from shriveling.

Chicken

Chicken cooked on a charcoal fire is likely familiar to everyone. Chicken usually has a small amount of fat and things like chicken wings and drumsticks are easily gobbled up as staple finger food!

Chicken Wings/Legs

Chicken Wings/Legs

You all know! Chicken wings, flaps, legs, drumsticks, we’ve all had the argument on which is better. Drumsticks, can be cooked in a number of ways. Grilling drumsticks directly on high heat can actually cause the inner portion to not cook thoroughly. Be sure to grill all sides thoroughly with grilling methods such as wrapping in foil or carefully turning them on the grill.

Thighs

Thighs

Just like the ones you get when you order some juicy karaage. Simple to handle, easy to eat, you can even try them with vegetables and a few skewers.

Lamb

Lamb Chops

Lamb Chops

Lamb by definition is a young goat around 12 months old. Lamb chops are the ribs with the bone still attached. Lamb meat is known for its rich flavor that only lamb can deliver. All you really need is a bit of salt and pepper, and through lamb’s natural flavors, lamb can be enjoyed by anyone and everyone.

Jingisukan

Jingisukan

Jingisukan is grilled Japanese mutton usually served on a skillet. Simply cooking it along with a few vegetables and seasoning makes for a great BBQ option. Even without many special spices or effort, Jingisukan is actually easy to make.

If you mix up the seasonings and grilling styles, you might come across a flavor you’ve never had before.

Have a Healthy BBQ! Don’t Skip Out on the Veggies.

Have a Healthy BBQ! Don’t Skip Out on the Veggies.

Let’s be honest, the main course at any BBQ is the meat, but a BBQ without any vegetables can lead to a very high imbalance of nutrients and needless calorie intake. Remember to keep your health in mind when choosing your BBQ options. The food choice is not only the fuel of the party, but the fuel for you as well!

・A few standard BBQ-able veggies include: Onions, peppers, eggplants, pumpkins, and cabbage.
・Colorful veggies that we recommend: Zucchini, tomatoes, paprika peppers, and even asparagus.

Don’t be afraid to try something new!

Not Enough Staple Foods?

So, you’ve got the veggies and the meats, but sometimes even that isn’t enough! Let’s look at a few other easy to make options to help switch up your BBQ’s atmosphere. These are options even young kids can enjoy.

Onigiri

Onigiri

You can eat them with your hands and they’re loved by people of all ages. Wrap them in a bit of seaweed, place them on the grill for a few minutes, and you’ve got yourself a few BBQ onigiri.

Yaki Soba

Yaki Soba

Another familiar BBQ option, Yaki Soba with a bit of vegetables is always good. Be careful not to eat too much. You can fill up on noodles before you’ve had a chance at the meat!

Hot Dogs

Hot Dogs

Prepare a few dogs and buns and get fancy with the toppings. Sauerkraut, onions, relish, chili, jalapeños, and even cheese are all great options.

With all of these recommendations, even the newest of BBQ(ers) can have a great time. Remember to choose various options and most importantly, have fun!

Writer:
Katamura Masami
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As a registered dietitian at a general hospital, Katamura Masami has been collecting experience in her field for the last 10 years. As of now, she works on a wide range of activities including writing content from courses related to health and from health advisers. Her mission is to convey proper meals to all generations. From the stand point of a dietary specialist, she continues to give advice based on her own experience.

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