BBQ Pork Recipes - Popular and Versatile
There are so many different cuts of pork, including the popular chops,
tenderloin and roasts, and of course ribs! Likewise,
BBQ pork recipes are equally varied.
Before we get to the recipes, here are some general tips on cooking pork
on the barbecue.
- Trim excess fat from the pork prior to marinating or grilling.
Too much fat can end up dripping into your barbecue and causing
- Many cuts of pork dry out easily, so a good marinade will help to
keep it moist, tender, and flavorful. Thin cuts (like thin pork chops)
can be marinated in as little as half an hour, while thicker cuts
may take several hours.
- You can use BBQ rubs
instead of a marinade, but it won't help to keep the pork moist. It's quick
and easy, though, and will add lots of flavor.
- Grilling time and temperature varies depending on the thickness
of the cut. Thinner cuts of pork dry out fast, so you will want to
grill it on quickly on high temperatures, basically cooking it as
fast as you can to try to minimize moisture loss. Thick cuts should
be cooked slower and at lower temperatures.
In a rush? Cut your pork into 1" cubes and thread onto a
skewer with other delicious tidbits. Make sure you soak the
skewers in water for an hour or two first, so that they don't
burn on the grill.
- Preheat the grill and lightly oil it once it's at cooking
- Cooking over indirect heat is also a great way to barbecue pork.
It helps to keep the pork moist and cooks it more evenly.
- Slow-cooking thick cuts of pork like tenderloin, roasts, and
even ribs, over a low temperature makes them beautifully tender
and gives them that deliciously smoky taste. Want more? Add a
handful or two of wood chips. Pecan wood chips or chunks are a
great choice to enhance the flavor of pork. Alder and maple add
delicious flavors too.
- When grilling pork ribs, grill bone-side down for at least 60%
to 70% of the total cooking time, to help prevent the ribs from
- Don't pierce the pork as it can release much-needed moisture.
- Cook pork to an internal temperature of 160 degrees F (yes,
even if it takes much longer then you think it should, this is
the temperature at which pork is safe to eat). Put the tip of
a meat thermometer
into the thickest part of the meat, without
- Side dishes that go well with BBQ pork include roasted potatoes
BBQ Pork Recipes
This website offers tips on how to BBQ
as well as
some of our favorite barbecue recipes
. We barbecue with a charcoal grill
in an outdoor kamado-style cooker called The Big Green Egg
We love food and we love the grill, and hope you enjoy our recipes!