The warm weather and long days means it's time to dust off the grill and start sizzling up the good stuff. The grill can be used for more than main-course meats — get a party started by serving these killer grilled appetizers hot off the grill. Whether they're stuffed with rich cheeses or wrapped in savory bacon, these apps are bound to be crowd-pleasers. What's your favorite appetizer to grill?
Of all the hotly debated foods in the US, none causes folks to go to the mattresses quite like barbecue does. A food regionalized down to the state (or even county) level, barbecue is beloved by all who know it, but — of course — their version is always best.The trouble with barbecue is that the word itself carries so many different interpretations. Derived from the Caribbean word barabicu and later the Spanish barbacoa, barbecue originally involved cooking a whole goat in a pit dug in the ground. When the Spanish arrived in what is now South Carolina in the 17th century, they brought with them pigs, which lent themselves nicely to the American Indian technique of slow-cooking with smoke, and a fiery love was born. These days, Southern barbecue follows a similar cooking technique, though ask a sampling of Southerners what constitutes barbecue, and you'll be surprised at the variety of answers you'll receive.
Carolina barbecue is characterized by pulled pork cooked in a pit. Memphis barbecue cooks in a dry rub and is never defiled by sauce until serving time (it's usually served on the side). Kansas City boasts an assortment of meats smoked with hickory wood. St. Louis spare ribs come dressed in a sticky-sweet sauce that might stick to your ribs. And thanks to its thriving livestock industry, Texas barbecue is primarily beef. Meanwhile, up North, a weekend barbecue usually involves burgers, dogs, and a few veggie skewers over charcoal, a practice perhaps better described as "grilling."
As far as I'm concerned, so long as the food in question is smoky, slightly charred, and infused with flavor, I'll clear my plate! But what's your take? What's a must-have characteristic of this all-American dish?
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"Burgers never tasted sooo good," dathana wrote. With these rising temperatures, we couldn't agree more.Want to share your favorite warm-weather food? Be sure to tell us by uploading your answers to our Savory Sights community group. Don't forget to tag your mouthwatering Instagram food photos with the hashtag #savorysight!
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What makes chili chili, anyway? There may not be a hard and fast answer, but regardless, it's as much at home at chili cook-off parties as it is at crisp Autumn tailgates.
Although some claim this American staple has to be beef-only, while others like the addition of beans, we're simply thankful that there are countless versions of chili to win over our taste buds. Here are six that'll win you over, whether or not you're competing for the ribbon.
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