As summer approaches, many Americans are gearing up for backyard barbecues and outdoor grilling sessions. But have you ever thought about how people in other countries celebrate the art of cooking over an open flame? Austria, a small alpine country in Europe, may not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of barbecue culture, but it has a rich and vibrant tradition of outdoor cooking that is worth exploring.
In Austria, the most popular barbecue dish is the classic "Grillhendl", or grilled chicken. The chicken is typically marinated in a flavorful mixture of oil, vinegar, and herbs before being grilled to perfection over a charcoal fire. Other popular meats include sausages, pork chops, and beef skewers, all seasoned with herbs and spices that are unique to Austrian cuisine.
But the true star of any Austrian barbecue is the "Grillwürstel", or grilled sausages. These small, finger-sized sausages are a staple at any Austrian barbecue and are often served with mustard and fresh bread. In fact, the "Grillwürstel" is so beloved in Austria that there is even a national holiday dedicated to it - the "Tag der Würstel" (Day of the Sausages)!
Of course, no barbecue would be complete without sides and drinks, and Austria has plenty of delicious options. Traditional side dishes include potato salad, coleslaw, and grilled vegetables. As for drinks, Austrian beer and wine are the perfect complement to any barbecue meal, with a variety of local brews and wines available.
But Austrian barbecue culture is about more than just the food - it's also a social event. Friends and family gather around the grill, enjoying each other's company and the warm summer air. The atmosphere is relaxed and convivial, with laughter and conversation filling the air.
So if you're looking for a new twist on the classic American barbecue, consider exploring Austria's sizzling barbecue culture. With flavorful meats, tasty sides, and a warm and welcoming atmosphere, it's a culinary adventure you won't soon forget!
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