Summer is finally here and you know what that means? Pool parties, cold beer, and barbecue chicken!

Are you looking for some low and slow bbq tips? Keep reading to learn about cooking with coal, recipes to try, and grill recommendations. 

If you love BBQ as much as we do, let’s dig in. 

The Ins and Outs of Low and Slow BBQ 

Grilling is done fast over high heat (350 degrees or more) while true barbecuing or “slow and low bbq” is done at low heat for a long time. 

If you’re planning a slow cook, pay close attention to how you light the grill, its total volume, and the charcoal’s weight. 

There’s more that one way to arrange your charcoal, including the “snake method” and “minion method.” While the first one is self-explanatory, the second includes placing burning charcoal on top of unlit ones. 

The pros recommend never using lighter fluid because it will leave a nasty taste on the meat. You should also invest in a digital thermometer with a probe. 

Best Summer BBQ Ideas to Try at Home

When making BBQ chicken you want it to be moist, tender, and have smoky skin. This is done by slow cooking it on low heat and adding a spice rub: Memphis-Style, Kansas City-Style, or Georgia Peach, for example.

It typically takes 3 hours or less to cook. Besides keeping the temperature between 230 and 250 degrees, there’s nothing else you have to worry about. Your guests will go nuts for it.

While you’re at it, layer on your Southern-style BBQ Sauce.  You want to add on several layers of sauce every 20-30 minutes to create a “bark” around the meat – locking in moisture and caramelizing the sugars in the sauce for maximum flavor.  You can find the Miss Essie’s approved sauces for sale right on our website.  We’ll ship them right to you! 

But, don’t stop at just chicken. Check out this mouthwatering recipe for smoked beef brisket

Many top grillers also recommend making healthy options for your guests. Grilled vegetables like asparagus, broccoli, or corn on the cob are delicious and even pair well with meat. 

Miss Essies Low and Slow BBQ Chicken

Use a Top-Rated BBQ Grill or Smoker 

Buying the right grill or smoker can make a world of difference in how your BBQ tastes. The good news is there are a lot of options to choose from.

A pellet grill is designed for low and slow BBQ like chicken, ribs, brisket, or pulled pork. Wood pellets leave a delicious flavor but none of the hassle of charcoal. 

An excellent classic, the charcoal grill can double up on uses. The beauty of this grill is you can use it to grill hotdogs or hamburgers one day and then smoked barbecue the next. 

Are you serious about your BBQ? Get a pit barrel bbq to make the real thing. These smokers come in a traditional homemade barrel shape. 

No matter what you’re making on the grill, you’ll need the right BBQ tools on your side: quality tongs, a metal spatula, a strong grill brush, and a digital thermometer. Always pay a few extra dollars for these items.

Order-In or Cater Your Next Party 

Do you know what’s even better than spending all day making low and slow bbq? How about having it made for you? 

Order your family dinner from Miss Essie’s BBQ or hire us to cater your next event. 

We make the best barbecue food, just ask our satisfied customers!