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The 5 Best No-Grill Barbecue Recipes

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Get a head start on barbecue season even if it’s too cold to fire up the grill! Last summer, we launched our own line of eight small batch barbecue sauces. Our sauces were inspired both by regional flavors, like Midwestern Sweet as well as by our signature seasonings like Black Dust Coffee & Spice. We’ve been guzzling the sauces all winter in slow cooker, stovetop, and oven-based recipes. Just goes to show you can enjoy the barbecue flavors of summer without even stepping outside.

Maybe it’s too cold to fire up the grill, maybe you don't have a grill right now. No grill? No problem! With barbecue sauces and smoky seasonings, you can enjoy the flavor of barbecue in slow cooker, stovetop, and oven-based recipes. Here are our Top 5 No-Grill BBQ Recipes!

1. Smoky Pork Burgers

Burgers might be the single most frequently grilled protein in the country. In this recipe, we give you directions for searing your burger on the stovetop (as well as directions for grilling - it's a double duty recipe). Bonus points if you want to use a grill pan to get those nice grill marks but it's really not necessary. Pan searing replicates the sear that you get from the grill and gives you a juicy, delicious burger.

2. Slow Cooker Smoky Chipotle Pulled Pork

If pulled pork is more your style but you don't have the hours or equipment it takes to make it in the traditional slow-smoked style, this is your recipe. It cooks for 7-9 hours in a slow cooker, so you can set it up in the morning and enjoy it for dinner or set it before you go to bed and you'll be potluck ready in the morning. There's so much we love about this recipe, including the easy slow cooker method, but the suggestion to serve pulled pork over baked sweet potatoes might be our favorite part.

3. BBQ Roasted Cauliflower

Don't worry vegetarians, we didn't forget about you! Featuring the sweet and smoky flavor of our Pearl St. Plank Salmon Rub, this roasted cauliflower is delicious fresh out of the oven or at room temperature. This easy dish is perfect for weekend picnics or weeknight meals. Toss any leftovers with your favorite salad greens for a quick lunch. 

4. Slow Cooker BBQ Picnic Chicken

This crowd-pleasing recipe couldn't be easier or more delicious. It yields the flavors of summer BBQ without the commitment to the grill. Plus, it's great warm or cold so you can take it to your next picnic or potluck. Customize the flavor by using your favorite BBQ seasoning. Looking for a smoky flavor? Try Red Rocks Hickory Smoke Seasoning. Craving a classic BBQ chicken flavor? Use our TSM BBQ Chicken Rub.

5. BBQ Chicken Pizza

This is an easy classic that comes together quickly for a weeknight meal or a weekend game day get-together. You can mix and match with your favorite BBQ seasoning and your favorite Barbecue Sauce. You can also add your own additional toppings, like Yolanda did, "I added a little chopped bacon and some pickled jalapeno slices and that was pretty darn good, too. Long/short: if you like BBQ chicken and pizza, make this. You won't regret it."

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