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Aug 25, 2011 12:17 AM

Barbecue Themed Dinner - Any suggestions for mains?

While "barbecue'" might not sound like much of a theme, it was what was chosen for our dinner club.
I am the host and responsible for the main course. Appetizers and Desserts are also supposed to be grilled. I am looking for some new ideas. Hamburgers or steak feels a bit predictable. I have considered pizza. Any recommendations or suggestions for some creative grilled main courses?

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  1. Lamb...sorry prolly not all that inventive...but sooo good...with corn and grilled veg. Try grilled peaches with a nice ice cream for desert. Also flat breads for the kids to make slouvki type roll ups.

    1. Grilled pizza sounds like an unexpected surprise.Also, do you have access to a goat or whole pig? I agree with Luna, grilled halved peaches with a scoop of premier Vanilla ice cream in the pit space would be good, especially if you have a good sauce to baste them with while they grill (maybe butter, rum, and brown sugar with a pinch of cinnamon?).

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      1. re: PotatoHouse

        Are you actually using a BBQ? If so, you could do beer can chicken.

      2. Not to be pedantic, but do you mean barbecue or grilling? Here are some suggestions:

        1. You can't go wrong with pulled pork or beef. A nice pork shoulder or chuck roast slowly smoked will be a hit.
        2. Consider something that is not normally cooked on a grill or bbq cooker. For example, I make grill-fried chicken sometimes, where you batter chicken pieces in some chicken fry, and cook on the grill at high, indirect heat until done. Just baste with a little oil about 10 minutes into the cook, and it will give you a great flavor and texture. (pizza is a good thought, too. With a pizza stone and a good, hot grill, you can turn out some nice pies).

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        1. re: bagofwater

          Have never ever thought about doing something like this, but now I've got to try this. Will wonders never cease: grilled fried chicken.

          1. re: mamachef

            Here's the method I followed. I've had success with both storebought chicken fry and homemade. Make sure you baste the pieces with oil or the breading will have too much crunch.


        2. The summer BBQ item that people crave in my area is "BBQ" chicken halves cooked low and slow on the grill.

          The halves are basted in a simple sauce of tabasco, vinegar and a bunch of other things (I can give the the recipe, it is super easy but at home while I am at the office at the moment) and the halves get a nice smokey-grilled flavor, the skin gets crispy and the seasoning is simple, it doesn't overwhelm. It is not at all like mainstream BBQ sauce.

          These could be done ahead of time and kept in a warm oven. We do it over a wood fire but I have gotten great results on the gas grill when I didn't need to cook for a crowd.

          1. barbecue not much of a theme?
            Well of course not if you are thinking burgers and steaks. That sounds like griling and not barbecue if you ask me.

            Chicken / beef / lamb boti
            Jerk Chicken / pork
            brisket / pulled pork (more advanced bbq)

            If you really are just going to grill stuff and not barbecue:

            grilled outer skirt steak and chicken thighs for a taco / tostada bar.

            Jerk chicken will work as well, but is really so much better when it is barbecued rather than grilled.

            Shish kebob varieties.