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If you’re dreaming of summer weekends firing up the grill as much as we are, then you will love these recipes that we’re highlighting for the upcoming holiday. Might as well take advantage of the long weekend to do a trial run, right?

Barbecued Picnic Chicken

This classic dish will have you dreaming about the lazy summer picnics to come. There are only 11 ingredients, and you can adjust the proportions as necessary to get the flavor profile in the barbecue sauce that you want. And in the absence of an actual picnic, you’ll have lots of leftovers, which can be made into sandwiches or mixed into macaroni and cheese for an indulgent treat.

Lacquered Ribeye

This elegant recipe elevates barbecuing to a whole new level. Its Asian-inspired flavors are a fun twist on a grilled entrée, and with a main dish like this, you can keep the sides simple and easy, like rice pilaf, baked potatoes, or a buttery, herb-seasoned vermicelli.

Smoked Tri-Tip Roast

Nothing could be simpler than this recipe, which only requires you to season your beef with salt and pepper. This meal is all about the cook – low and slow for about an hour to get that perfectly tender meat, just pink in the center.

Texas Burger

When you think of barbecuing, it’s hard not to imagine a juicy, tender hamburger. This epic recipe will help you build the ultimate Texas burger – and yes, it includes bacon and barbecue sauce (of course). You can add whatever toppings you like to make it just right.

Sticky Barbecued Beef Ribs

Just like hamburgers, this one is a classic, especially in Texas. This recipe features its own molasses-based barbecue sauce that cooks down into sticky, finger-licking perfection. And with a grill time of just around 10 minutes, you can get right to the best part: eating.

Texas Barbecue Sauce

With this complex, flavorful recipe, you can grill whatever you want and turn it into a barbecue feast. It’s got just the right amount of kick – and if you need more, simply add extra chili powder. Give this recipe a try before summer so you can perfect it to your own taste and have it on hand for all the picnics and summer evenings by the grill to come.

For more tips on becoming an expert pitmaster, check out the Union at Carrollton Square blog