So let's be clear. BBQ is slow smoked ribs, pork butt, pastrami, brisket etc. Grilling is for hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken pieces, fish, vegetables or anything that can be cooked on grate over fire. Use your imagination, and you'll find that lots of things taste amazing on the grill. I find a successful grilling comes down to 2 factors:
1) Choosing the right items to grill. If you are serving a crowd quantity can trump quality if pay attention to the next piece of advice.
2) Preparing marinades and condiments to compliment your grilled foods. I strongly suggest:
1 pickled item, 1 marinade, 1 kind of bbq sauce
Flavor trifecta for best grilling success: BBQ sauce, cilantro lime marinade, and kimchi
Condiments are creative. You can combine, grind, and personalize any set of flavors into existing condiments or from scratch. I am including my BBQ sauce recipe below which you are free to tweak and twist to be sweeter, more sour, or spicy as you see fit. Some other grilling condiments include, chutney, sriracha ketchup, pesto, lemon-garlic aioli, duck fat mayonnaise (just be careful to keep these out of hot direct heat, ick), kraut, bread and butter pickles, pickled turnips, pickled watermelon rind, chili, black bean salsa, and on and on and on.
Naomi's BBQ Sauce Base
1 onion, roughly chopped
5-8 cloves of garlic
1 tsp oil
1/2 cup ketchup
12 oz diced can tomatoes
1 tblsp soy sauce
1 tblsp molasses
1 tblsp vinegar
5 drops liquid smoke
1/2 can of beer
1/2 tsp fresh black pepper
hot sauce to taste
Heat onion, garlic and oil over medium heat for 10-12 minutes until transparent in a large sauce pan. Add all the remaining ingredients and simmer for 20 minutes. Transfer mixture to a blender or food processor and puree until smooth. Move BBQ sauce back to stove, heat for another 10 minutes over medium to thicken. Taste and adjust flavors as necessary. Cool and store in a jar for about 6 months.
1/2 whole lime, chopped into pieces
1 large bunch of cilantro, washed and coarsely chopped
2 whole scallions, chopped into pieces
1 tblsp olive oil
2 tblsp pineapple juice
1 tsp salt
3 cloves garlic
1 dried chili pepper, torn into pieces
Grind all ingredients in a food processor. Taste and adjust flavors as necessary. Marinade will keep for about 2 weeks. Spread over chicken, beef, or seafood before and or after grilling.