Top Latin BBQ recipes for you

Is there such thing as typical Latin cuisine?

When we hear the expression “Latin cuisine”, it is quite hard to think about only one or two typical dishes. This can be due to the fact that this kind of cuisine has been influenced by so many different yet similar cultures that it is not easy to highlight anything specific. Still, we can try to collect some typical traits and ingredients, such as different kinds of salsas, corn, tomato, guacamole, tacos or tortillas. After this short list we can ask the question: how can these dishes be combined with BQQ and grill? How is it possible to combine these two different worlds? Well, let’s find it out by looking at some Latin BBQ recipes.

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  1. Salad with tomato and avocado

There is no BBQ without salad, unless you like eating meat by itself. Therefore we picked a delicious salad to start this list with which is very easy to make, so it is perfect for beginners. First you should prepare the dressing: mix together white vinegar, salt and pepper, olive oil, cilantro and lime juice. When it is done, continue with the salad itself. Cut some big pieces of tomato, avocado, cucumber and onion, and layer them in a big salad bowl. Pour the dressing to the top and serve immediately.

  1. Colombian hot dogs

Who doesn’t like hot dogs? There is no such person (probably). It is one of the first dishes that pop into your mind when you think about BBQ, isn’t it? Not only because it is so tasty, but also because it is so simple that it’s impossible to ruin it. This kind of hot dog is slightly more complicated than the ones you can buy on the street, but this shouldn’t scare you away from trying to make it at home. First of all, pour some pineapple juice into a pan, along with sugar and lemon juice and cook it slowly for like 15 minutes. Add a blend of cornstarch and one tablespoon water to the mixture, then boil it for about 10 minutes. Wait until it gets cool. Now you can make your hot dogs as you like them: buns, hot dog, the pineapple sauce you have just made, ketchup, mustard, mayo, coleslaw and anything that you consider useful and tasty here.

  1. Grilled Mexican street corn

Another simple and convenient choice for BBQ beginners is grilled corn, which is a very popular street food in Mexico. Before grilling the corn, cook it in the microwave for about 5 minutes. During this time you can prepare the dressing of sour cream, mayo, salt and cumin. Grill the corn for 10-15 minutes. Now put a corn holder into each piece, then distribute the sauce on their surface, and strew some grated cheese and chili powder to the top. It is ready to serve now, along with lime wedges on the side of your plate. Make sure you eat it while it is still hot, especially if you want the melted cheese to stay soft and creamy.

Mexican Corn

How to make your grill non stick

Summer means grilling time!

What are the great things about summer? Going to the beach, camping in nature, eating ice cream, turning off the heat in the house or something else? For some of us, summer primarily means going outside with proper equipment and starting to grill. Grilling combines together some really great things: fresh air, food, creativity and having fun with others (provided that we have some company, of course). Those who have already discovered this hobby would probably warn you about one very annoying issue: a sticky grill! This should not be something that ruins the fun of grilling since it is quite easy to deal with it. Here are some tips and tricks how to avoid a sticky grill.

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  1. Clean your grill

This might seem like obvious things to do, but many people simply forget to clean their grill on a regular basis. Instead of cleaning it after your food is done, you can do it before using it next time. Before cleaning your PG24 Pellet Grill and Smoker¬†apparatus, it is a good idea to heat it up first (it shouldn’t be very hot though, 10-15 minutes of heating will be enough). This way the food remains on the grill become ashy and hard, which is more easy to clean up than sticky food leftovers. You can easily do this with a proper grill brush (or maybe a piece of aluminum foil if you don’t have a brush). A good advice about cleaning your grill: do it before each time you start cooking, not just every once in a while, when it is already so dirty that it bothers you a lot. It is a lot easier to do some minor cleaning each time than to spend long hours trying to get rid of the huge mess that has gathered on the device.

  1. What to pay attention to while grilling

You can keep your grill cleaner by observing a couple ground rules during the grilling process. First of all, never place the meat on a cold grill, only when it is already hot. You can use a very high temperature in the first few minutes, then you can turn it down a bit (depending on the recipe). Before putting down the meat on the grill, make sure you have used some oil first, which also helps prevent stickiness.

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  1. Wait with turning the food over

Once the meat (or other kind of meal) is on the grill, don’t try to flip it over too soon. It won’t get ready faster if you try to rush it, it will simply mess up your grill again. If you attempt to turn it over and it doesn’t work, it means the food needs more time, and you should leave it there for a few more minutes. Although if you started cooking with a dirty grill, it will be sticky no matter what, even when the meat is otherwise ready to turn over. That is why you should always start the whole grilling process with step 1!