Just in time for the holiday weekend, here are some tips to make your barbecue over the weekend the best it can be.

The six tips are courtesy of Lohud.com.

  1. Serve less meat, but buy the expensive stuff.  Grass-fed beef, dry-aged steaks, and wild seafood.  Burgers will be forgotten, so give them a barbecue to remember.
  2. Focus on the vegetables.  Instead of chips and salsa, serve charred or grilled vegetables with dipping sauces.
  3. Make your own rub.  For a dry rub, mix up some paprika and chili powder with brown sugar, oregano, salt, and garlic.
  4. Use high, medium, then low heat.  If you have a multi-control grill, put a high-meat flame on the left side of the grill to get your sear marks.  Then cook the meat in the middle on medium heat, then move it to low heat to keep it warm.
  5. Keep track of cooking temperatures.  Food poisoning will not be a good memory for your cookout, so cook everything at 140 degrees or above.  Smoked food should be cooked between 180 and 220 also.
  6. Serve fruit for dessert.  Nobody saves room for brownies or cake and ice cream.  Just grill up some slices of pineapple, peaches, or mango.  You can also serve them with angel food cake toasted right on the grill.

That will help make your barbecue a memorable one instead of just another burger cookout to blend in with all the other past cookouts.