May 29, 2006
Competitive barbecues nationwide cook ribs, pork, chicken and brisket, but there are other unusual dishes you can grill and smoke.
"You can do pineapple, peaches, I do zucchini--stuff it with a little cheese, bread crumbs, all that good stuff and it's unbelievable," said John Atkins of The BBQ Connection.
He cooks all meats like this catfish and even his specialty--jalapenos stuffed with cream cheese, pork and wrapped with bacon.
"Unbelievable. It burns going in and it's wonderful," said Atkins.
The secret to smoking is cooking them low and slow. Smokers cost anywhere from $200 to $20,000. The good news is all of these treats can be cooked on a normal grill as well. Just make sure to keep a fire extinguisher near by if needed.
"Cook stuff to at least 140 degrees. Keep stuff cold to below 40 degrees," said Atkins.
Despite all the fancy treats you can try for Memorial Day, sometimes the traditional foods are the best.
"I like rib eyes. I mean smoked rib eyes are unbelievable," said Atkins.