Texas Living

Turn Your Oven Into a Barbecue Grill With These Tips

By M. Elise Giller 5.18.16

As the weather warms up, Texans begin to anticipate the tastiness of the coming barbecue season. But what about those without access to a grill? Did you know you can get that taste you crave without the fire? You can produce the same flame-broiled taste by making barbecue in your oven. Your next great barbecue meal — complete with sides — is about to be served, just in time for National Barbecue Month.


  • Grease a baking sheet with olive oil or cooking spray, and preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • Season your meat of choice (chicken, ribs, brisket, or something else) with salt and pepper, and place skin-side down on the baking sheet.
  • Cook the meat about two-thirds of the way through.
  • Brush barbecue sauce on one side of the meat, flip, and brush sauce on the other side.
  • Return to the oven to cook for a few minutes.
  • Repeat the last two steps several times until the meat starts to char and the sauce darkens.

Now you’re ready for some side dishes!

Baked Beans
Dress up canned baked beans with red bell peppers, onions, garlic, brown sugar, molasses, barbecue sauce, and leftover pork or beef brisket. Add all of the ingredients to the canned beans on the stovetop, then transfer it to the oven and bake for 45 minutes.

Potato Salad
Combine cubed, boiled potatoes with hard-boiled eggs, mayonnaise, sweet pickles, chopped red onions, celery, parsley, diced pimiento, rice wine vinegar, yellow mustard, extra-virgin olive oil, celery salt, lemon juice, and paprika for a fresh-tasting salad.