Barbecue sauce is frequently used in, or served with, grilled meat recipes but what about with vegetarian recipes? This grilled asparagus recipe features barbecue butter, which is lighter and creamier than barbecue sauce and goes perfectly with the tasty, crunchy asparagus.

A lot of people do not pick up asparagus when they are shopping for vegetables because they have fallen into the habit of always buying the same items but this week why not try asparagus instead of broccoli or one of the other veggies you keep buying? It is good to change your shopping habits because different vegetables offer different vitamins and minerals and eating a varied diet means you are treating your body to a wider range of nutrients.

If you are looking for a barbecue sauce recipe to serve with a meat dish, there are plenty to choose from or you can buy a readymade barbecue sauce from the store. This barbecue butter has a smoky BBQ flavor and can be served with grilled fish as well as with this grilled asparagus recipe. If you prefer, you can omit the barbeque sauce and just cook the asparagus because this recipe shows you exactly how to do that.

Choose a different sauce if you prefer. Hollandaise sauce is nice with asparagus, especially if you add poached eggs, muffins and bacon to the dish, or you can try aioli, a lemon mayonnaise or something else. Are you serving the asparagus as part of a meal, alongside something which already has its own sauce? In that case you do not need a separate sauce for the asparagus. If it is to be the star of the dish though, do make the sauce because it goes so nicely.

Asparagus can be cooked in a variety of ways. It can be stood upright in a special asparagus pan so the thicker stalks simmer in water while the more delicate tips are steamed, it can be chopped and added to stir-fries, or it can be baked, poached, roasted or even microwave. One of the best ways to cook it though is on the barbeque, because the smoky flavor the barbeque gives food works really well with asparagus.

Not only can this versatile vegetable be cooked in a number of different ways but it is also suitable for a variety of cuisines. Asparagus goes just as well in an Asian stir-fry as next to a fish filet with some beurre blanc. Serve it blanched as part of a salad or slice it thinly to add to a grilled vegetable sandwich. Try asparagus in your next omelet or use it to top a homemade pizza. This underrated vegetable is so easy to cook and it is also healthy. Barbequing uses a dry heat and this means even more of the nutrients in asparagus stay in the stalks, so forget all your vitamins and minerals leaching into the cooking water because that does not happen when you barbeque.

Grilled Asparagus with Homemade Barbecue Butter
Summary: Crunchy green asparagus spears are tossed in oil and seasoned with salt and black pepper before being barbequed to crisp-tender perfection. Served with homemade barbecue butter, this makes a wonderful side dish or snack, and asparagus is so easy to prepare and cook.
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Cuisine: USA (Southern)
Recipe type: Side Dish
Serves: 4
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Ingredients
  • 2 lbs large asparagus, trimmed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat the grill to medium hot.
  2. Gently toss the asparagus with the salt, pepper, and oil.
  3. Grill until tender, turning once.
  4. This takes about 6 minutes.
  5. Serve topped with slices of the Homemade Barbecue Butter on this page of our site.

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Enjoy this barbequed asparagus recipe with homemade barbecue butter. Grilled asparagus is a wonderful way to prepare this much misunderstood vegetable because grilling brings out the natural flavor and sweetness of the vegetable and infuses it with an aromatic smokiness. Enjoy your asparagus cooked in this way and present it to your guests as a side dish or appetizer. Aim for a few grill-marks to enhance the presentation and cook the asparagus until it is tender but still with a little bite to it. Once a thin knife blade can slide through the center of an asparagus spear with minimal resistance the spears are ready to serve.


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Christine Szalay-Kudra

My name is Christine and I am delighted to welcome you here. Easy Barbeque Recipes aims to demystify the world of barbequing and turn anyone into a brilliant backyard chef regardless of culinary knowledge or past cooking experience. Cooking with fire is not only an easy cooking method but it is the original cooking method. An open fire was used to cook before there were such things as ovens, microwaves or crockpots. Barbequing is not just a cooking method either. It is a social event. Inviting friends over and grilling food for them is always fun and adding home-cooked food to any party is a surefire way to please a crowd. Nothing beats the incredible flavor of flame-grilled food, and you can barbeque all kinds of ingredients and recipes, including meat, poultry, fish, seafood, veggies, and even pizza.

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