What exactly is the difference between barbecue and grilling? Some people think barbecue is a sauce, or anything that comes off the grill, but technically, barbecue is a method of cooking just like grilling is. The only difference is the length of time and the amount of heat.
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Long, low, and slow. The low temperature and the resulting length of time the meat is cooked allows for the food to soak up the smoke and rub flavors, and to become very tender and moist. Think ribs, pork shoulder, and brisket as barbecue.
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This is the method with which most people are familiar. It is the method of cooking food hot and fast on your grill. Burgers, chicken, steak, and seafood are typically grilled, but you can also grill vegetables and even fruit.
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Bacon-Wrapped Barbecue Burgers
Photo: Jennifer Davick
8 bacon slices
1 (4.5-oz.) jar sliced mushrooms, drained and chopped
1/2 cup chopped Vidalia or sweet onion
2 tsp. olive oil
1/2 cup bottled honey barbecue sauce, divided
1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1/4 tsp. salt
4 sesame seed hamburger buns, toasted
Arrange bacon on a paper towel-lined microwave-safe plate; cover with a paper towel. Microwave bacon at high 2 minutes or until edges begin to crinkle and bacon is partially cooked.
Sauté mushrooms and onion in hot oil in a small nonstick skillet over medium heat 4 to 5 minutes or until tender and liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat, and stir in 2 Tbsp. barbecue sauce.
Preheat grill to 350° to 400° (medium-high). Shape ground beef into 8 (5-inch) thin patties. Place 2 Tbsp. mushroom mixture in center of each 4 patties. Top with remaining patties, pressing edges to
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Heirloom tomatoes are dressed simply with vinegar, onions, green chili, and salt.
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Broiled Tomatoes with Farro Salad
The natural nuttiness of farro (whole emmer wheat) marries beautifully with the saltiness of the olives and the sweetness of the broiled 'Roma' tomatoes.
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Brush molded polenta squares with oil before placing on a hot grill. Let the polenta cook through - it can take five minutes for grill marks to form - then flip carefully.
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Lightened Carrot Cake
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Carrot Cake Batter
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. salt
1 (8-oz.) can crushed pineapple in juice, drained
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 large eggs
2 egg whites
1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
3 cups grated carrots
Vegetable Cooking Spray
Cream Cheese Frosting
1/2 (8-oz.) package 1/3-less-fat cream cheese
2 Tbsp. butter, softened
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3 cups powdered sugar
1 to 2 tsp. fat-free milk (optional)
Prepare Batter: Preheat oven to 350°. Combine first 5 ingredients in a large bowl; make a well in center of mixture. Whisk together pineapple and next 4 ingredients; add pineapple mixture to flour mixture, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened. Fold in carrots. Pour batter into 2 (8-inch) round cake pans coated with cooking spray.
Bake at 350° for 22 to 25 minutes or until a
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1/3 cup lightly crushed tortilla chips
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup diced tomatoes
2 Tbsp. chopped jalapeño peppers
1 tsp. vegetable oil
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
Pinch of salt and pepper
2 (8-inch) soft taco-size flour tortillas, warmed
1/2 cup (2-oz.) shredded 2% reduced-fat Mexican four-cheese blend
Sauté first 4 ingredients in hot oil in a medium-size nonstick skillet over medium heat 3 to 4 minutes or just until onion is translucent.
Whisk together eggs, salt, and pepper. Add to skillet, and cook, without stirring, 1 to 2 minutes or until eggs begin to set on bottom. Gently draw cooked edges away from sides of pan to form large pieces.
Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 minutes or until eggs are thickened and moist. (Do not overstir.) Spoon egg mixture into warm tortillas, and sprinkle with cheese; serve immediately.
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1 (16-oz.) package pound cake mix
24 paper baking cups
Browned Butter Frosting
Cook 1 cup butter in a small heavy saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly, 6 to 8 minutes or until butter begins to turn golden brown. Remove from heat immediately, and pour butter into a small bowl. Cover and chill 1 hour or until butter is cool and begins to solidify.
Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy; gradually add 1 (16-oz.) package powdered sugar alternately with 1/4 cup milk, beginning and ending with powdered sugar. Beat mixture at low speed until well blended after each addition. Stir in 1 tsp. vanilla
Trying to have a lean, mean, healthy grilled meal? You've gone through the trouble of choosing a skinless piece of chicken breast or fish. You're grilling, which is supposed to cut down on fat, too, because you're not using any cooking oils. And you're using a fat-free barbecue sauce. Score!
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Barbecue Deviled Eggs
12 large eggs
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup finely chopped smoked pork
1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/8 tsp. hot sauce
Place eggs in a single layer in a large saucepan; add water to a depth of 3 inches. Bring to a boil; cover, remove from heat, and let stand 15 minutes.
Drain and fill pan with cold water and ice. Tap each egg firmly on the counter until cracks form all over the shell. Peel under cold running water.
Cut eggs in half lengthwise, and carefully remove yolks. Mash yolks with mayonnaise. Stir in pork and next 4 ingredients; blend well.
Spoon yolk mixture evenly into egg white halves. Garnish, if desired.
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