Now that summer has come, it is time to pull out the grill. Not only is grilling a great way to entertain friends when they come over, but it’s also a healthy and often cost-effective way to cook all summer long. Grills are not just for steaks, hot dogs, and burgers. There is such a variety in the food that you can cook on the grill, from delicious sides to amazing desserts. Here are some of the best and easiest summer BBQ recipes that you can create this grilling season.
The Classic Kabobs
Kabobs can be made with any meat, though some people tend to prefer beef because it can be more tender on the grill. The easiest approach is to use a store-bought marinade that you enjoy, but you can make one similar to the one in this recipe.
• 1 and ½ lbs. of meat, cubed. (Chicken breast, pork, or beef. For beef, top sirloin steak is the best choice.)
• 1 medium summer squash sliced into ½-inch slices
• 1 medium green bell pepper (or any color sweet pepper), cut into 1-inch squares
• 1 medium zucchini sliced into ½-inch slices
• 2 large shallots cut into small wedges
• ½ whole mushrooms (optional)
• ¼ cup of soy sauce
• ½ cup oil of your choice
• 2 tbsp white vinegar
• 3 tbsp honey
• ½ teaspoon of garlic powder
• ½ teaspoon ground ginger
Combine the meat with your marinade of choice or the last 6 ingredients on the list in a bowl. This mixture should be covered and refrigerated at least 8 hours, though overnight is best. Using soaked bamboo skewers or metal ones, alternate between the meat and the veggies. Grill these kabobs in a covered grill on medium heat for between 10-12 minutes. Turn these occasionally for even cooking.
As if this tasty fruit couldn’t get more delicious.
• ¼ cup honey
• Juice and zest 1 lime
• 1 tablespoon of olive oil
• Small watermelon, which has been cut into 1-inch thick wedges
• Freshly torn mint leaves, as desired.
• Flaky salt
The grill (or a grill pan, if you prefer) should be set to medium heat. While waiting for this to preheat, whisk together the honey, olive oil, lime and lime zest in a bowl. Then, brush this mixture over the watermelon slices to cover it completely. You just need to cook this until you see grill marks, which takes about 2 minutes per side. Just before serving, place flaky salt and fresh mint to taste.
Grilled Jalapeno Poppers
This is a tasty appetizer that is easy to make for yourself or guests.
• ¾ pound ground pork sausage
• 12 bacon strips cut in half
• 24 fresh jalapeno peppers
First, you need to wash and remove the inside of the peppers. Remove the seeds and rinse/dry the peppers. Then, use a skillet on the grill to cook the sausage until it is no longer pink. Drain, then stuff the peppers with the sausage. Wrap the bacon slices around the stuffed pepper, using a soaked toothpick to keep everything secure. Grill the stuffed peppers uncovered, ensuring that you frequently turn them. They should be cooked until the bacon is crisp and the pepper is tender, which can take about 15 minutes. You can also choose to stuff the pepper with a Mexican cheese blend as well or in place of the sausage.