'Cue up great flavor with lip-smacking dishes that celebrate the all-American institution of barbecue
America's love affair with barbecue is as deep and complex as barbecue itself. Fire, smoke, brown sugar, oak, hickory, honey, spices, molasses–with its layers of flavor and popularity among diners, barbecue continues its reign on menus across the country.
The Kraft Culinary Centre collaborated with the 2013 Kraft Barbecue Champion Pitmasters to create on-trend, versatile barbecue recipes to fit any operation. "These recipes give you a world of delicious barbecue–without taxing your prep cooks," says Barry Miles, corporate executive chef at Kraft Foodservice. "You start with a consistent, flavorful barbecue sauce and with just a few add-ins you get signature, come-back-for-more results."
Explore the delicious BBQ recipes below, created by the Kraft Culinary Team with Special Edition Recipes from our 2013 Kraft Barbecue Champion Pitmasters.
Fried Shrimp with BBQ Cocktail Sauce
"This is a simple recipe that tastes wonderful," says Chef Miles. Designed as a shareable or appetizer, what elevates it beyond ordinary is the dipping sauce: Kraft Original Barbecue Sauce, horseradish, Worcestershire and fresh lemon juice.
Other application for BBQ sauce: serve alongside chilled bay scallops
Root Beer-Glazed Chicken Wings
If you've got good chicken wings on your menu, you're most likely pulling in repeat business. If you need something new and wonderful—try these wings. Chef Miles deep-fries them, then tosses them in a root beer glaze, made with Kraft Original Barbecue Sauce, root beer, shallots, butter, garlic and ancho chili powder.
Other application for BBQ sauce: brush onto grilled lamb chops
Becky Sue's BBQ-Baked Bean Sandwich
Beef brisket, pork loin, pork sausage and baked beans cook low and slow with peppers, onions, peaches, light brown sugar and Kraft Original Barbecue Sauce. The flavors meld, resulting in a moist, rich, sweet and smoky BBQ experience. Sandwiched between two tender rolls, they're perfect for lunch menus and bar menus.
Other idea: switch out the buns for slider buns for minis and shareables
Smokehouse Bloody Mary
Knock your customers' socks off with this bold take on the classic Bloody Mary. This one uses horseradish, fresh lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, chipotle chile pepper powder, celery seed and Kraft Thick 'n Spicy Original Barbecue Sauce. "The barbecue sauce gives it a deep, rich smokiness that takes this drink to a whole new level," says Chef Miles.
Garnish idea: add a pickle spear and a swizzle stick of beef jerky
Lowcountry Shrimp Tacos
Succulent shrimp are marinated in Kraft Golden Italian Dressing then grilled until pink and perfect. A BBQ sauce made with Kraft Original Barbecue Sauce, cranberry juice, dark corn syrup and Worcestershire sauce adds its sweet, smoky, sticky glaze, and a refreshingly crisp "slawsa" finishes these flavor-packed tacos.
Other profile: serve the shrimp on the skewers as an entrée and the slaw as a side dish
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