3 Backyard BBQ Menus
In August of 2015, Mike (Savory Spice founder and owner) embarked on a 43-day Chasing Barbecue journey to discover the flavors of 6 major barbecue regions in the United States. As Memorial Day approaches and days get warmer, we’re starting to crave those pit flavors that he detailed in his road journals. We thought it was time to revisit a few of our faves and bring you three special menus for your summer backyard BBQ get-togethers. (Pictured above: Smoked Chicken with Alabama White BBQ Sauce and Smoky Hills Stovetop Mac 'n Cheese)
In August of 2015, Mike (Savory Spice founder and owner) embarked on a 43-day Chasing Barbecue journey to discover the flavors of 6 major barbecue regions in the United States. We always crave those pit flavors that he detailed in his road journals. So, we thought it was time to revisit a few of our faves and bring you three menus for your backyard BBQ get-togethers.
Alabama & Georgia
The flavors of Alabama and Georgia pair up to create a plate that shares the spotlight equally between the meats and the sides. For your Southern BBQ meal, we recommend:
Get pit-style flavor straight off the grill. Our Georgia Boy All-Purpose BBQ Rub was created with help from Georgia natives, Nick and Matt. Add a double dose of our Georgia-inspired BBQ seasoning by using it on your ribs and serving with Sweet & Spicy Georgia BBQ Sauce.
If you have a smoker, this traditional main dish is amazingly flavorful and easy to pair with sides. It’s delicious with this uniquely Alabama-inspired smoky white BBQ sauce, Longs Peak White BBQ Sauce.
It’s easy to eat your greens with this slow cooked recipe with ham seasoned with our Wash Park All-Purpose Seasoning blend.
A Southern BBQ menu wouldn't be complete without a side of fried okra. These crispy treats add a little spice to the sweet smokiness of any great barbecue plate. They have a mild kick of heat from both our Cajun seasoning and Aleppo Pepper Hot Sauce. They also have a perfectly crunchy cornmeal coating, which makes them gluten-free too!
This classic with a smoky kick is super fast and simple to make. It's sure to be a hit with the whole family whether you serve it as an addition to a BBQ feast or on it's own for an easy lunch.
Drawing inspiration from “The Peach State” means delicious summer desserts like this tasty dessert featuring our Georgia Peach Spice.
North & South Carolina
The Carolinas are famous for their barbecue pork…especially the whole hog tradition. Here are a few recipes to serve it up, Carolina-style:
Typically Carolina BBQ refers to a whole hog that's been smoked and then chopped or pulled. Savory Spice co-founder Mike Johnston built a backyard cinderblock pit for this whole hog adventure and provide links for "how-to" instructions if you're up for a similar project. Use 'Cue Glue and serve doused with either our Southern Gold to make the meal even more traditional. (Or, if you're not up for whole hog 'cue, this sauce will give you a southern spin to any bbq pork.)
It's almost impossible to enjoy a Carolina style barbecue plate without hush puppies. These savory yet slightly sweet fried dough bites are reminiscent of a cornbread donut hole. Served with honey butter, these are sure to cause lots of “oohs and aahs.”
Every plate needs vegetables, in this case, cooked with bacon! Sweet caramelized carrots and tangy balsamic vinegar complement the hearty greens...and who doesn't love bacon? These are such a classic, how can you not serve them?
Chess pie is a southern staple. This Savory Spice spin adds layers of flavor with tangy, sweet, fresh blueberries and rich chai spice flavors. A sweet finish to a southern BBQ feast, any leftovers (yeah, right!) are great for tea time...or anytime, really.
A city that sits right on state borders has found its own identity in its signature barbecue dishes. KC BBQ almost always features a sweet and deeply flavored dark barbecue sauce like our KC-inspired Midwestern Sweet. Make a gallon of sweet tea to serve with these regional favorites:
The magical outcome of a well-rubbed and smoked brisket, these are a true BBQ treat. To get the best bark on the brisket, slather on our ‘Cue Glue before adding your favorite BBQ rub. Make sure to let this one rest for super tender meat.
This sweet spin on a classic BBQ side brings has the notes of apple pie flavors but is balanced with tangy vinegar and mustard. It might sound crazy, but trust us, the sweet notes add complexity that will keep you coming back for more.
Pulled pork can be found on BBQ menus across the country. This recipe is a nod to the Kansas City style pulled pork and features our KC Style BBQ rub. A crowd-favorite at any BBQ joint, you can make your own with the 3-2-1 cooking method using the smoker, oven, and grill. To complete the KC experience, try it with our small batch Midwestern Sweet BBQ Sauce.
Add bright acidity to the rich meats of KC ‘cue and give a splash of beautiful red color to make your barbecue even more appealing (if that’s even possible).
A sweet finish, these handheld pies pay homage to Kansas City's apple harvest. Fall means that, there are "apples, apples everywhere. Cakes, pies, turnovers, breads, ciders, juices, dips...Kansas City loves their apples!"