9 Recipes to Grill or Smoke in February
According to reports, the nation’s most popular marmot, Punxsutawney Phil, saw his shadow on February 2, meaning we can look forward to six more weeks of winter. So throw another log on the fire (yes, you can grill indoors or out), choose one or more of the recipes for grilling in February we’ve shared below, and treat family and friends to a festive meal.
Recipes to Grill or Smoke in February
1. Smoked Manhattan
This is the perfect winter cocktail, made with your favorite bourbon, a splash of sweet vermouth, a dash of bitters, and a maraschino cherry (or two). A handheld smoker will make you look like an accomplished bartender.
2. Char Siu Chicken Thighs with Beijing Barbecue Sauce
Celebrate Chinese New Year (which officially lasts through February 11th) and the Year of the Tiger by making these flavorful bundles of chicken, ham, and cheese. Serve with rice and a simple salad or grilled bok choy.
3. Brisket Baked Beans
Baked beans are inextricably woven into the fabric of American barbecue, and they’re about to get a lot better. With brisket. Lots of brisket. This is a great place to use up all those burnt ends and brisket trimmings. Sweet, salty, smoky, and, above all, meaty, these are everything you hunger for in baked beans—and more.
4. Jamaican Jerk Chicken
Can’t make it to Jamaica this winter? Bring the flavors of this charismatic island nation to your kitchen with Steven’s uber-authentic recipe for jerk chicken. We buy our pimento wood from www.pimentowood.com, which was founded in 2006 by Gary Feblowitz, a videographer we met on the set of Project Smoke. But you can substitute any good hardwood.
5. Maple Candied Bacon
February is a perfect month to invite the gang over for brunch. And what’s brunch but an excuse to eat bacon? This particular bacon, cooked on the grill and glazed with maple syrup and brown sugar, is positively addictive.
6. Pulled Pork Sandwiches
Hosting a Super Bowl party for friends and family? You can make this winning Carolina-style pulled pork a day or two ahead of Game Day (February 13) and reheat it prior to halftime.
7. Planked Salmon with Maple-Mustard Glaze
You likely have everything in your pantry that you’ll need for this delectable planked salmon glazed with mayonnaise and mustard. Round out the meal with rice and a salad of winter greens.
8. Cedar-Planked Eggplant Parmigiana
And speaking of planking, this eggplant parmigiana (cooked on a plank) is infinitely better than the oily versions served by Italian-American restaurants. And the smoked tomato sauce takes it over the top.
9. Dessert Quesadillas
First featured on Project Fire, Season 3, this sweet take on quesadillas has become one of our most popular recipes. Buy dulce de leche in the international section of your supermarket, or make your own.
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