It’s an age old debate which divides friends and families. It’s a question which causes almost as many arguments as ‘who’s going to win the Superbowl this year’. It is of course the question of what tastes better when barbecued. All three are undeniably delicious when grilled properly, but which one tastes best really is a question for the ages. At the conclusion of this article I will be giving my personal opinion and therefor, the correct opinion on the matter. Before I do that however I will briefly explain how to properly BBQ each item to maximize flavor so that its a fair contest.
Unlike with Steak, you can’t simply throw ribs on the barbecue and hope for the best. Ribs need to be smoked slowly over hot coals for several hours in order to maximize their flavor. Most ribs will take 4-5 hours to cook properly. Try and time it so they are ready just before they are going to be served. Its important that you keep the grill closed when smoking ribs so that the heat stays steady and doesn’t become to intense. Add your glaze or sauce roughly 1/2 an hour before serving. If you add it any earlier it may dry out, any later and it may not soak into the meat properly.
Brisket is also notoriously difficult to get right when barbecuing as it requires a long haul commitment. The seasoning on a Brisket should be simple, don’t go overboard. Salt pepper and a couple of other spices should do it. Once seasoned, brisket should be rotated over hot coals for several hours. Professionals often leave the brisket smoking for half a day before serving. The key to a good brisket is patience. Keep the heat low and smoke it slowly and you won’t have any problems.
Steak is the simplest of the meats to BBQ. Simply place the meat on the grill and leave for 5 minuets until it becomes golden brown. Then turn the meat and cook for roughly another 5 minuets. Don’t worry if the meat starts to char, a bit of crispiness around the edges will add to the flavor.
In my humble opinion the best of the meats to BBQ is the steak. Its fast, its simple and its delicious. While I thoroughly enjoy both BBQ ribs and a good brisket, I can’t go past the raw flavor you get from a freshly grilled steak.