BBQ 101: Grilled Mussels Topped with Barbecue Sauce

BBQ 101: Grilled Mussels Topped with Barbecue Sauce

BBQ 101: Grilled Mussels Topped with Barbecue Sauce

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PhillyBite10Grilled Mussels Topped with Barbecue Sauce: Enjoy this great summer appetizer for the backyard grill at your next BBQ together. This recipe serves two to four guests and takes about 10 minutes to make and around2 to 3 minutes of prep time.


1lb mussels
1/3cup barbecue sauce


  1. Buy the mussels as fresh as possible and keep them in the refrigerator until needed. Wash them off right before dinner and pull off that pesky beard. Get rid of any mussels that don’t close up tightly when tapped on the counter.
  2. Toss the mussels on a medium-hot grill...cook 1-2 minutes, or until they open up. Some will cook fast; some will cook slower than slow.
  3. You’ll know they are ready when the mussel pulls away from the shell (discard any that don’t open). As they open, brush with barbecue sauce... and scoop them when completely cooked (being careful not to spill the juices out)

How long do you cook mussels on the grill: Grill until the shells pop open, the meat is plump, and the juices are boiling and sizzling in the shell, 3 to 7 minutes for mussels, 6 to 10 minutes for clams, and 4 to 6 minutes for oysters; there's no need to turn the shellfish.


  • Mussels shells should be tightly closed when purchasing (this indicates they are fresh and still alive). If a shell is slightly open, tap it. If the shell does not close, the mussel is dead, and you should discard it.
  • You should refrigerate live mussels in an open container covered with a damp cloth or paper towel. Live mussels need to breathe, so do not store them in plastic bags.

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