Barbecuing at Home: How to Make Your Own “KC Masterpiece”

A man standing in front of grill cooking meats outside

If barbecue is your thing, then Kansas City, MO is your place. This city is known for its barbecue restaurants, and now’s the time of year to head outdoors to do some grilling yourself. Making your own “KC Masterpiece” is easy when you have the right equipment and supplies. Central Self Storage has some tips to get you started on making the perfect barbecue this summer.

Tips for the Perfect Barbecue

Ready the equipment.

If you’ve kept your grilling equipment locked up in a storage unit over the winter, it’s time to take everything out and to get it ready for the summer. You’ll need your gas or charcoal grill for the cooking, a table and chairs for dining, and the tools to flip and serve that wonderful barbecue.

Get the right cooking materials.

You can’t have a masterpiece barbecue without the flavor. Get some wood chips for the grill, such as apple for poultry, hickory for ribs, and mesquite for beef. You can make a nice barbecue concoction by adding spices to a bottled sauce from the store. You’ll need other materials for cooking the meal and cleaning the grill, such as:

  • Spring-loaded tongs
  • Wired grill brushes
  • Basting brushes
  • Instant-read thermometers

Cook it up just right.

Once you have everything ready to go, it’s time to get cooking. If you’re using direct heat, preheat your gas grill for at least 10 minutes. Afterward, position the meat over the burners, and cook it uncovered. If you’re using indirect heat, preheat the grill for the same amount of time. Turn off a burner, and cook your food over it. Make sure to close the lid when cooking with indirect heat.

Self Storage for Your Grilling Supplies

The weather can change at anytime in Kansas City, MO, especially in the summer when afternoon storms pop up. When the backyard barbecue is over, don’t leave your grill, picnic table, and other items out in the yard. Store your barbecue equipment in storage units at Central Self Storage. Our KC facility is conveniently located in the suburbs for keeping your equipment and supplies stored out of the way until you need them for your next backyard event.