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BBQ Rice (Spicy Rice)

by Adina 17/02/2020 2 comments

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Spicy BBQ rice with vegetables, a healthy rice side dish for your next barbecue or a BBQ flavored rice main meal.

SPICY BARBEQUE RICE

spicy bbq rice ready to be served

Barbecue flavors in a simple rice dish. If you like rice and if you are looking for a simple, budget rice recipe, quickly made and sure to please everyone, you found the right one.

A rice dish is always a good idea when you don’t have a lot of time to spend in the kitchen. Rice dishes are mostly healthy, almost always cheap and everybody seems to love rice. Especially, when it is mixed with other nice ingredients like colorful vegetables and a spicy sauce.

Try some Nigerian Jollof rice, for instance, hot and delicious or some not that spicy but equally delicious Costa Rican gallo pinto or Romanian chicken pilaf.

And rice is the kind of dish you can serve your children and be happy about the fact that they are eating lots of veggies without complaining. You might need to adjust the level of heat when serving this barbecue rice to kids, but leave it a little spicy still, my children love that!

plate with barbecue rice

WHAT DO YOU NEED FOR BBQ RICE?

The ingredient list is super simple and super cheap. You will need:

Long grain rice:

  • Regular white rice, you will not need basmati or anything more expensive to make this rice dish.
  • Brown rice would be fine as well, a nuttier, heartier version of the BBQ rice.

Vegetables:

  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • A piece of leek or 2-3 green onions, depending on size
  • 1 whole bell pepper (or half and half different colors)
  • Tomatoes

Barbecue sauce:

  • Tomato paste
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Worcestershire sauce – use the vegan version, if desired
  • Honey
  • Mustard
  • Turmeric
  • Hot smoked paprika
  • Ground coriander
  • Ground cumin
  • 1 dash liquid smoke flavoring, optional. For a more intense BBQ flavor. Use it if you happen to have it (and like it).

Adds-on:

If you want to make the barbecue rice the main meal, you can any of the following ingredients (protein) to make it more filling:

  • 250 g/ 8.8 oz mushrooms (white, brown, Portobello), sliced. Add them to the pan together with the leeks. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring often, add the sauce and continue with the recipe.
  • 250 g/ 8.8 oz chicken breast, cut into small pieces. Add together with the sauce, and continue with the recipe.
  • 1 drained can of black beans or kidney beans or ½ can drained corn. Add to the dish together with the BBQ sauce.
ingredients for bbq rice

HOW TO MAKE BBQ RICE?

  • Cook the rice separately according to the packet’s instructions.
  • I’ve made this BBQ rice recipe in one-pot as well, however, I find this version (where you cook the rice separately) to be much better.
  • In the meantime, prepare the vegetables and barbecue sauce.
  • Cook the finely chopped onion until translucent, about 3-4 minutes, stirring often.
  • Add the finely chopped garlic and leek/ green onions. Stir for another 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the chopped bell pepper and the tomatoes and stir for another 2 minutes.
  • In the meantime, mix together the ingredients for the barbecue sauce.
  • Add the sauce to the pan, add about ¼ cup water, stir well, cover the pot and simmer for about 10 minutes.
  • Check after about 5 minutes and add another ¼ cup of water if the sauce seems to dry.
  • Add the drained cooked rice, stir well.
  • Adjust the taste with salt and pepper. You may add a pinch of sugar and some vinegar as well to give it a more intense flavor.
how to make bbq rice

HOW TO SERVE BBQ RICE

It is the great side dish to serve at barbecues as it goes well with any kind of meat, with sausages, with grilled cheese or grilled vegetables.

If you are not barbecuing, you can serve the barbecue rice as a side dish for any kind of meat or sausages cooked on the stovetop or oven as well.

I love it with oven-baked chicken quarters or chicken thighs, with cast iron chicken breast or with pork chops.

You can keep the BBQ rice recipe vegetarian by replacing the Worcestershire sauce with its vegan version and by serving the rice with oven-baked vegetables or a green salad.

spicy bbq rice ready to be served

PIN IT FOR LATER!

BBQ rice with vegetables
spicy barbecue rice with tomatoes

BBQ Rice Recipe (Spicy Rice)

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Spicy BBQ rice with vegetables, a healthy rice side dish for your next barbecue or a BBQ flavored rice main meal.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Cook the rice according to the packet's instructions. Drain well.
  2. In the meantime, prepare the rest of the dish. Chop the onions. Heat the oil in a large saucepan. Cook the onion until translucent, about 3-4 minutes.
  3. Finely chop the garlic and the leeks, add to the pot and cook for another 2-3 minutes, stirring often.
  4. Chop the peppers and the tomatoes. Add them to the pan and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
  5. In a small bowl mix together all the ingredients for the BBQ sauce except the water. Add to the pan, stir in ¼ cup water, cover the pan and simmer for about 5 minutes, stirring a few times in between.
  6. Check the pan. If the sauce seems dry, add the remaining ¼ cup water and stir well. Continue cooking for another 5 minutes or until the vegetables are soft and the sauce has thickened nicely without becoming dry.
  7. Add the drained rice, stir well. Adjust the taste with salt, pepper and, if necessary, with a pinch of sugar and/or more vinegar.
  8. Garnish with chopped tomatoes, green onions, parsley or chives, if desired.

Notes

The piece of leek should be rather thick and about as long as your palm. You can use 2-3 green onions, depending on size, instead.

Keep about 2 teaspoons of the finely chopped greens for the garnish, if desired.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1/4 of the dish
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 187Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 642mgCarbohydrates: 43gFiber: 3gSugar: 16gProtein: 4g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.

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angiesrecipes 18/02/2020 - 05:26

That looks good. Love the natural yellow colour from my favourite spice turmeric.

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mjskitchen 23/02/2020 - 20:36

I’ve been craving a rice dish recently and this one is right up my alley. I just happen to have some homemade BBQ sauce in the fridge, so throwing this dish together will be quite easy. Glad you mentioned that brown rice would work as that is the rice I prefer. A delicious looking dish and will try soon. Thanks!

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