The best things come in small packages, and mustard seed is one of the smallest. This spicy little ball packs a fiery punch, and people have been making mustard sauce from it for well over a thousand years. Cooks have long understood the great things that happen when you put mustard and meat together. The Romans paired them during massive feasts, and thousands of years later, backyard barbecue lovers do the same.
Meals from the grill are what spring and summer were made for. This year, kick it up a notch by adding a little mustard to your meat rub, marinades, burger pickles, and sauces. Here's how to add some heat to your meat.
Mustard and Burgers Recipes
Let's begin with one of the best-known barbecue treats: a burger. Classic yellow mustard is a staple on any patty, along with some onions. This Rainbow Mustard Pickled Onion Burger recipe elevates the combination to a culinary delight. Boil the mustard and onions together with vinegar, sugar, and salt to create a condiment to die for. Look at the recipe for a post-boil trick that you won't expect. It'll keep guests guessing — and full.
The rainbow mustard burger recipe focuses on color, but our Double Stacked Smashed Burgers emphasize texture. Smash these burgers down on the grill slightly to create a tasty, crunchy crust that complements the softness of your burger bun. As always, flavor is the most critical factor here, though, and mustard helps to deliver it. Combined with Cracked Pepper and Garlic Seasoning, tomato ketchup, dill pickle relish and mayo, French's Classic Yellow Mustard creates a burger sauce that's out of this world.
Mustard and Steak Recipes
Mustard is also a great addition to steak. A drizzle of French's® Bold & Spicy Deli Mustard simmered with some vinegar and brown sugar will make your steak sing when you put it on the plate. Check out this Steak with Balsamic Mustard Sauce to see how it's done.
For a different take on steak, consider this Walk Away Steak with Chili Beer Dip. Instead of a post-grill drizzle, it uses a marinade of ground mustard powder, chili powder, garlic salt, brown sugar, and the magic ingredient: a cup of beer. This infuses the meat before it reaches the grill, creating a sweet heat throughout the skewered beef. Keep some of the marinade aside and it doubles as a dip — pure heaven.
Mustard, Chicken, and Lamb Recipes
Mustard goes beyond beef on the barbecue. If you're hankering for chicken, check out our Dijon Herb Spatchcock Chicken & Potatoes recipe. Brush French's® Stone Ground Dijon Mustard onto a whole chicken and rub with our Garlic and Crushed Herbs for a grilled treat that will delight your entire family.
Mint sauce isn't the only condiment that goes with lamb. Putting mustard together with your lamb chops can produce impressive results. These Mustard Crusted Lamb Chops combine Dijon mustard with a bit of Greek Seasoning to create a magical flavor combination. Brush the mixture onto your chops and then cover with panko breadcrumbs before putting in a skillet.
A BBQ Treat for All Tastes
Do you have BBQ guests who don't eat red meat? Mustard can still enhance other foods, including seafood. The mustard and vinegar mixture in this Nova Scotia Grilled Shrimp with Mixed Greens and Maple Vinaigrette recipe takes one of the east coast's finest foods to the next level. Our BBQ Jackfruit Sliders offer another meat-free alternative with a grilled plant-based alternative to meat. Dijon mustard goes with tomato ketchup, BBQ sauce, and paprika to elevate this grilled veggie option.
This year, go out on a limb and experiment with different kinds of mustard and meat on your barbecue. This versatile condiment has you covered no matter what you're serving at your backyard get-together.
More Great Ways to Use Mustard in Recipes
- Honey Mustard Glazed Chicken
- Green Salad with Creamy Mustard Vinaigrette
- Honey Mustard Popcorn
- Ham and Turkey Sub with Creamy Yellow Mustard
- Creamy Yellow Mustard Muffaletta
- Triple Mustard Bacon Cheeseburger
- Grilled Hot Dogs with Beer-Mustard Onions
- Big Easy Shrimp with Creamy Creole Mustard Sauce
- Turkey and Swiss Sandwiches with Creamy Mustard
- Montreal Smoked Meat Sandwiches with Creamy Yellow Mustard
- Salmon with Dijon Sauce
- 7 Easy Homemade Salad Dressings