Everyone loves delicious barbecue right off the grill. To make sure the flavor is of the highest quality one needs to start with the best ingredients. Take a look and see just what some of those ingredients might be.

When selecting ingredients for your grilling menu there are some general categories to consider:


Vegetables add a texture rich ingredient to you dinner. We all can relate to the aroma of fresh onions and pepper grilling at the local Street fair or barbecue event. Walk down the street and you can smell that fresh hot taste for blocks and the aroma just seems to be calling your name. Vegetables should be bright, colorful, blemish free and plump and juicy. Forget the ones that are starting to wrinkle or have tiny black blemishes on their skin. The fresher the vegetables you are using the on grill the fresher the final result in taste.

Good choices for vegetables are onion, green, yellow and red peppers, potatoes, tomatoes, fresh ginger root, leeks, green onions, scallions, mushrooms, broccoli, cauliflower and a variety of squash.


Choosing fresh herbs is really a joyous experience. If you can pick them right from your garden that is great, but you next best choices are the local farmers markets, followed by the fruit and vegetable section of the supermarket. Look for herbs that are bright, green and smell terrific. Fresh herbs add so much color and taste to your barbecue you should be using them each and every time you grill. For dried, bottled herbs look for those that contain only the herb with no fillers or preservatives.

Good herb choices include basil, thyme, oregano, rosemary, bay leaf, ginger, anise, marjoram, cumin, coriander, parsley, sage, chives and lemon grass.


There are literally thousands of bottled sauces on the market. When first starting out it is really hard to know which ones are the best. A place to start is to choose those with the least amount of preservatives, salt and saturated fat. There are numerous combinations which include tomato based products, oil based varieties and those with added smoke flavorings. There also sauces available that are recommended for the type of food you are preparing such as vegetables, pork, beef, chicken or fish. Some folks recommend you start by making your own versions, which is a really great idea if you know what you want. If not, I would recommend buy a few bottles, whose ingredients catch your eyes and taste buds, trying them out and then proceeding to make your own from those lists of ingredients.

Great tasting grilled foods is really easy and fun when made with the right ingredients. Have some fun, go flavor exploring and see and taste for yourself!