As Executive Chef of Borgata’s award-winning Old Homestead Steak House, Romeo DiBona knows a thing or two around the grill. And now, he’s sharing his 5 best BBQ tips to kick start your grilling season.
Romeo DiBona’s BBQ Tips:
- Invest in a chimney starter (about $14.99). Do not use lighter fluid ever. With the chimney, you fill up with the desired amount of charcoal and use either paraffin cubes ($4.99 for 24) or loosely crumpled up newspaper to light coals.
- When I make ribs at home on my Weber Kettle Grill, I use a rub and cook over indirect heat – searing the meat on the hot side then cooking them the rest of the way on the cool side, adjusting vents to slow the fire down and spraying them with a 1-part-vinegar/1-part-water solution every once in a while. This will add a nice zing to the rub!
- Coffee gives a rub or BBQ sauce a complex, earthy flavor. Use grinds in a rub or brew a strong cup to add to your BBQ sauce.
- The minion method is the most popular method in a kettle grill. For low and slow, arrange charcoal around the bottom of your grill, shingled 3 deep into a horseshoe, then start your chimney. When coals are glowing, place them at the top of the horseshoe so they light in succession.
- Make your own BBQ sauce! It’s really easy. Store-bought versions have a ton of sugar and can ruin all of your hard work! Only put BBQ sauce on protein in the last 10-15 minutes of cooking.
Romeo’s BBQ Sauce:
1 ½ cups ketchup
¼ cup Worstershire sauce
2 tbsp Dijon mustard
2 tbsp honey
¼ cup soy sauce
1 lime, juiced
- Place all ingredients in mixing bowl and whisk well.
On Friday, April 10th, join Chef Romeo DiBona as he expertly prepares a five-course Smokehouse BBQ dinner, in true Old Homestead fashion. With a nod to Texax-style BBQ, while adding a contemporary twist, Chef DiBona takes this menu to a new level that is sure to make your mouth water. Tickets – priced at $135 per person – are on sale now at theborgata.com.