There is something really special about traveling across the country to go to an auto race. Whether you are traveling with your family or a group of friends – it is an expedition, an adventure, a shared experience that will provide you with a lot of fun and some fantastic memories.
One of the best ways to enjoy your auto race experience to camp out the night before. You might have had to drive for a couple of hours to get to the race way, but once you have set up your camp and started to think about organizing some food and maybe a few drinks, then you can really start to relax and enjoy the build up to the next day of racing.
The key to a successful expedition like this is preparation. Planning and preparation. The perfect food that is going to please everyone on a pre-race camping trip is barbecue. It is simple, easy to prepare, easy to eat, and undeniably delicious. Of course there are lots of different types of barbecue meals that you could prepare – you could keep it as simple as some sausages or burgers, but if you want to go to a bit more effort (and have some very happy and impressed campers) then why not think about preparing some pork ribs?
Many people will argue that the key to a great meal of barbecued ribs is all in the marinating and the secret sauces. This is absolutely true – once you’ve bought the ribs it is important to get that marinade going, letting the flavors really be absorbed by the meat, basting it regularly and helping to lock that moisture in.
Baby back rips are a favorite camping barbecue food. Make sure that the ribs have been marinated at least overnight, pat them dry before applying a dry rub, and then store them in an air tight container until you are ready to grill. You can baste with your barbecue sauce while cooking and also before serving to ensure that they have that sticky sweet flavor and texture that every body will love.
But let us not forget that the way that we cook the meat is almost just as critical – there is not point undoing all of your good preparation work just by a poorly executed cooking method. If you are lucky enough to have scored a camp site that has a power connection, or if you have brought with you a portable generator, then you could simply plug in your best electric smoker and away you go. However if you are roughing it a little, then you might need to consider some other alternatives.
You can achieve surprisingly good barbecuing and smoking results with your meat if you are using a gas barbecue, but this takes a little skill and patience. Generally the best results will be achieved if you are using a charcoal barbecue or smoker. Some of the tools and equipment that you will need include cubes of charcoal (these will give you a cleaner and more intense heat than briquettes), you will also need wood chips to create the smoke – ensure that you have selected wood chips that do not have any bark on them and that have not been treated with any chemicals, you need to ensure that you are not creating toxic smoke that will render your meat inedible. Plus you will need some long heat resistant tongs.
When you are smoking meat, the key to a successful smoke is really the ability to control the temperature. It is a long process of slow cooking to ensure that the meat that you produce is tender and tasty and full of flavor.
Like all of the best things in life, patience is the key to a good barbecue or smoking of your meat. By maintaining a consistent temperature you will cook the meat gradually, locking in the flavor and ensuring that you have fed a lot of happy campers.
Even though you will be full from the barbecue, you may need some snacks once you are inside, so read here for great snacks for a monster truck show.