Celebrate National Grilling Month

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July is here, and for grilling enthusiasts, that only means one thing: National Grilling Month! At BarbaCuban, we love the smoky, savory flavors that only firing up the grill can bring. As we plunge into summer, let’s dive into what makes this month special and how to celebrate it with tips, recipes, and fun activities.

What is National Grilling Month?

National Grilling Month is a July celebration to honor the timeless tradition and joy of grilling. This month-long holiday encourages us to embrace the great outdoors, gather with loved ones, and savor delicious meals cooked over an open flame. From backyards to beaches, grills of all shapes and sizes get dusted off and seasoned for action.

Whether you’re grilling on a charcoal or gas grill, using a smoker, or exploring the latest pellet grills, National Grilling Month is about crafting delicious dishes that make the most of summer’s bounty.

Tips for Perfect Grilling

Choose the Right Grill

The first step to a successful grilling session is selecting the right type of grill for your needs. Charcoal grills provide a smoky flavor that’s hard to beat, while gas grills offer convenience and quick temperature control. For smoking enthusiasts, pellet grills can offer a blend of both worlds.

Prepare Your Grill

Before cooking, ensure your grill is clean and ready to go. Remove remnants of the last cooking session, preheat the grill for about 15 minutes to sanitize it, and lightly oil the grates to prevent sticking.

Master the Basics

Remember, grilling is both an art and a science. Always use a meat thermometer to ensure your proteins are cooked perfectly. Cook thicker cuts of meat using the indirect grilling method, and don’t forget to let your meat rest before serving to let the juices redistribute.

Recipes to Try This July

Cuban-Style Grilled Pork (Lechón Asado)

Lechón Asado is a legendary dish in Cuban cuisine. Marinate pork shoulder or pork butt with the fragrant mix of citrus juices and spices of our 90 Miles to Mojo Marinade. Slow-cook over indirect heat on your grill for that meltingly tender result. Serve with our tangy Original 455 Sauce and watch as your guests come back for seconds.

Mojo-Marinated Chicken Kebabs

Skewers are a fun and easy way to grill, and they cook quickly, making them perfect for gatherings. Marinate chicken chunks in the BarbaCuban 90 Miles to Mojo Marinade. Thread them onto skewers with colorful vegetables like bell peppers, and grill over medium-high heat until cooked to perfection.

Grilled Plantains with White Truffle Sauce

For a Cuban twist on a side dish or dessert, slice ripe plantains and lightly brush them with olive oil. Grill until they’re caramelized and golden brown. Serve with a drizzle of our Cubama White Truffle Sauce — a delightful way to end or complement your meal.

Fun Ways to Celebrate National Grilling Month

Host a Grilling Party

What better way to celebrate than with a backyard barbecue? Invite friends and family over for an afternoon of grilling.

Local Farmer’s Markets

Enjoy the season’s freshest produce by visiting your local farmers market. Choose farm-fresh vegetables, fruits, and meats to spotlight in your grilling endeavors. Here in Central Florida, we love the Winter Garden Farmer’s Market!

Grilling Challenges

Engage in some friendly competition by organizing a grilling contest. Set creative categories like best burger, most innovative skewer, or tastiest side dish. Kids can even join with mini-challenges — think grilled pizzas and s’mores!

As National Grilling Month gets underway, we’re excited to share and celebrate the joys of grilling with you. From perfecting your grilling techniques to exploring mouthwatering Cuban recipes, let’s make this a summer to remember.