What better way to celebrate the 4th of July than a barbeque? (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
As we celebrate our Nation’s birthday, Floyd Little’s birthday, Independence and Broncos fandom, it’s time for another Tailgate feature. If going to get sauced, I’ve got a few suggestions. And as we are giving away a few bottles of Terrell Davis’ Orange & Blue Commemorative Original Bar-B-Que Sauce, it’s only appropriate that we use it for a theme today. So fire up the grill and let’s get some play-action going.
Now this can be as simple or complex as you want it to be, whether it’s Hot Dogs, Brats, Chicken or Ribs, throw some barbecue sauce on it and keep turning until that smoky flavor is infused into the meat.
Here are two simple game plans you can run with to make the family happy and your celebration a bit tastier.
Easy Ed BBQ Chicken
I’m not trying to pass this off as a favorite of Ed McCaffrey, but it’s as easy as his stride on a 15-yard sideline route. And yes, you can use as much of his mustard or horsey sauce as you like in any of these recipes.
- 2 cups of TD’s BBQ sauce
- 4 tsp. Old Bay seasoning
- 3-1/2 lbs. of bone-in chicken pieces, or if you’re like me, 6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts.
- Olive oil
Over a pre-heated grill, combine the sauce and 2 tsp. of the seasoning in a saucepan and simmer for 10 minutes over medium-low heat. Remove from the fire, but keep sauce warm.
Rinse the chicken under cold running water and pat dry. Lightly brush with olive oil and sprinkle the remaining seasoning over the chicken.
Place the chicken on the grill. Brush with barbecue sauce after the first turn. Continue basting until the meat is cooked.
Remove from the grill. Slather with more sauce and serve.
Here’s what’s cooking at my place today.
All-Pro BBQ Burgers
- 2 lbs. lean ground beef, or better yet, 1 lb. each of ground beef and ground chuck
- 1/4 cup chopped onions
- 1 tsp. each, salt, garlic powder and ground black pepper
- 1 cup Terrell’s Original BBQ sauce
Mix beef, onions, salt, pepper and garlic powder along with 3-4 Tablespoons of the BBQ sauce in a large mixing bowl.
Form patties to your desired size and flatten them to about 1/2" thickness.
Cook burgers for 4-6 minutes per side for rare, 7-10 minutes for medium and 11-12 minutes for medium-well doneness. Don’t forget to baste with the sauce.
Lightly toast some burger buns and accompany with your favorite fixings.
Well, I’ve got to "Cut That Meat" and get cooking. Don’t forget to sign up to win a bottle of Terrell Davis’ Original BBQ Sauce on our Facebook page, or using the link above. Just leave a comment on either page and you are entered in our drawing. Enjoy your 4th Broncos Country.
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