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Girl with Barbecue RibsIt’s that time of year again when backyard barbecue warriors rejoice. This weekend marks the grand opening of a grand season, and I for one already have my toothpicks and wetnaps handy.  It is time to do some serious eating folks.

In addition to some of my barbecue favorites, I’m also offering up some top picks from other food blogs I admire.  Take a look at the bad boy below, A Barbecued Brisket and Bacon Sandwich from Cooking by the Seat of My Pants. It just makes my clogged arteries go pitter pat.

Now, I know there is healthy fare to be had off the grill, but Holiday Weekends are not the time to be doing that.  At a good old fashioned holiday barbecue, you briskest-bacon-pepper-sandwich1want ribs, sausage, burgers and all the sides that make overeating worth while.  So, here are my pics for a glorious backyard barbecue, holiday or no.

ON THE GRILL (or in the Smoker)

Debbie’s Damn Good Baby Back Ribs

Texoma Style Baby Back Ribs

Grilled Flank Steak

Southern Style Pulled Pork (in the smoker) courtesy of The Apartment Gourmand

Yankee Style Pulled Pork (in the crockpot) with Insane Barbecue Sauce

Yummy Honey Chicken Kabobs recommended by South Jersey Locavore

On the Fancy Side

Moroccan-Style Beef Kabobs with Spiced Bulgur

Lamb Burgers with Hot Pepper Jelly

Grilled Shrimp with Poblano Polenta and Red Pepper Sauce

On the Side

Corn, Black Bean and Avocado Salad This salad goes with everything. Great with Fish and Poultry, even as a salsa with chips.

Grilled Tomato and Cheese Think grilled cheese sandwich. Delish as an hunan-noodles-001appetizer or side

Hunan Noodles Cold, asian style salad.  A nice departure from your typical barbecue fare

3 Bean Casserole You will never resort to plain old baked beans again

Orzo with Tomato, Basil and Feta All the fresh taste of summer in one bite. This is a family favorite I make many, many times over the summer.

Tips for a Great Grilling

An Ode to Charcoal

How to Marinate the Right Way

I hope you will try on of our favorite recipes listed here.  And please leave a comment or send in your favorite backyard barbecue recipes.  We are always looking to add new favorites to our archives.

And please take a moment to remember those who have given their lives for our country and our freedom.  Please say a prayer of thanks at your dinner table on Monday for all fallen soldiers.  We are able to celebrate our Holidays with our family and friends because of them.

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