Apart from the beautiful weather, one of the most exciting things about summer is dusting off the grill and preparing some delicious meals outdoors. Barbecues are by far the most popular way of preparing meals during this time of year, and for lots of goods reasons. Most importantly, most of the foods you cook on a grill come out looking delicious!
If you’re wondering what to grill this summer, here are five mouthwatering recipes to consider:
Grilled Beef Kebabs
This is one of the best barbecue recipes for the summer (speaking from personal experience, beef kebabs have been a popular pick among this writer’s friends and family for many years now). This is because they’re easy to make and entail a delicious mix of vegetables and grilled beef. Both juicy and colorful, they’re made using marinated steak pieces, peppers, mushrooms, and red onion. You can also swap in pretty much any other veggie you see fit, depending on your preferences.
As much as marinating beef for kebabs isn’t that popular, we recommend trying it out at least once. Marinating is a great way of preserving some meat for later meals and preparing the rest for grilling.
When it comes time to actually make and cook the kebabs, there are a few things you need to keep in mind. For starters, you’ll want to avoid smashing everything together tightly. Keep them all loosely packed so that heat can get between the beef as you grill. This will also help cook the vegetables more evenly.
Additionally, you should cut the veggies into smaller pieces so that they’re the same size as your beef. This encourages even cooking and prevent cases of overcooked meat and undercooked vegetables. It also helps if you place two pieces of veggies between each piece of beef.
Stuffed Chicken Roll-Ups
This is an excellent option for a quick grilling recipe. Instead of grilling unattractive boneless and skinless chicken breasts, you can choose to roll them up with provolone cheese, prosciutto, and basil. The best part about chicken roll-ups is that they’ll be cooked in less than 20 minutes once you roll them up.
To make them, start by soaking the skewers in water for around an hour. Then pound the chicken breasts between two pieces of plastic wrap, making sure that each piece is about a quarter of an inch thick. Cut the whole thing in half lengthwise, sprinkling pepper, salt, and garlic powder on both sides.
Cut some cheese into more petite strips to fit lengthwise over the chicken breasts. Then, put a slice of jalapeño on the side of the cheese. Roll the breast from the bottom and set it down with the overlap facing downwards. Wrap each roll with a whole piece of bacon around the ends to keep the cheese in. Then throw them on the grill for few minutes until they’re ready!
A grilled jambalaya is also another excellent summer barbecue option. This meal is delicious and packed with fantastic flavor. And since the jambalaya also cooks on foil packets, it’s also extremely easy to cook, and even easier to clean up! Whether you’re having family over or hanging out with some friends, a grilled jambalaya is always an excellent option.
You can prepare grilled jambalaya in several ways, but the most common method only requires simple ingredients. Start by preheating the grill to a medium-high heat, and then set a large, heavy cast-iron skillet in the grate. Place some sausages and chicken thighs on the grill alongside the skillet and grill it all until it’s ready. Then move the meat to a wood cutting board and cut it into bite-sized pieces.
While your sausages and chicken thighs are cooking on the grill, you can also add a drizzle of oil to the skillet. Once it’s hot, throw in the bell pepper, onion, garlic, and celery. Cook the veggies for four to five minutes, stirring often until soft. Then add some tomato paste and cook for an additional minute. Finally, top your jambalaya off with spices, thyme, and bay leaves for a tasty and nutritious supplement.
Chicken on a Stick
This is another popular option among families when it comes to grilling. A few delicious chicken kebabs paired with vegetables always make for an excellent meal. Chicken on a stick also gives you a ton freedom because you can choose whatever vegetables you want to introduce more variety and taste.
Teriyaki BBQ Ribs
If you like regular barbecue pork ribs, you’ve got to try out their teriyaki equivalent. These ribs are an excellent alternative to the normal grilling routine and give your meal a nice Asian touch. For best results, soak the ribs in a teriyaki marinade before placing them on the grill for a few minutes.
At the end of the day, there are plenty of recipes you can try out when it comes to crafting mouthwatering barbecue dishes this summer. The recipes listed above are all unique, tasty, and, most importantly, easy to prepare!