Summer is BBQ season, which means soon enough you'll be hosting your own. Maybe it'll take the form of a pool party or perhaps it's a more formal backyard summer kickoff dinner, either way you’re struggling with the decision of what to throw on the grill that aren't the basics.
Yes, hot dogs and burgers are great, but you're really trying to show you have this adulting thing under control. Steak is the next best thing, but even that screams typical.
Allow me to help you out.
Many of us aren't red meat eaters, plain and simple. It hurts our stomach. It makes us break out. Maybe we just think it's gross. Sure, there are tons of marinades and BBQ sauce recipes for ribs and steaks, but what about the rest of us hangin' back waiting for some grilled chicken? If you are hosting a party with non-red meat eaters, here are some great ideas for what to grill.
And even if you are a meat eater, these delicious summer-ready recipes for your next BBQ are healthy and full of flavor. Your guests will thank you for adding these to the menu.
1. Garlic Grilled Portobello Mushrooms
Hailing from Sassy Southern Yankee, this tasty recipe features balsamic vinegar and olive oil, garlic, ground pepper, and salt. Because of the small list of ingredients, this is great for a last minute trip to the beach or impromptu potluck. When grilling mushrooms, you only need to keep these babies on for about five minutes on medium high heat until they are soft. If you want a nice char, opt to keep them on a little longer.
2. Beer and Honey BBQ Chicken Skewers
You could do more with your brewski than just drink it. This recipe from Jo Cooks calls for you to add in ¾ cup of that Blue Moon to your marinade, complete with honey, garlic, red pepper flakes (for a nice kick!), Dijon mustard, soy sauce, and olive oil. Cut your chicken into little cubes and let them soak up that marinade.
You’re good to go after two hours, but preparing these 24 hours in advance guarantees maximum flavor. Put ‘em on a skewer and grill them for about 12-15 minutes, or until they are no longer pink in the middle (pink chicken will make you sick). Also be sure to rotate your kebabs as you grill.
3. Garlic Dijon Salmon Skewers
If you’re not a big fan of red meat or are just trying to stay slender, than opting for the grilled salmon skewers from Natasha's Kitchen is a great option. Tasty and healthy, these will pair nicely with some fresh squeezed lime right on top. For the marinade you’ll need parsley, garlic, dijon mustard, salt and pepper, olive oil, and fresh lemon juice.
Cut your salmon steaks into small cubes and layer the skewers with cubes and lemons in-between. This will keep your salmon juicy AF and also keep them looking pretty and party ready. Fish doesn’t need to be cooked for too long, only about three to four minutes per side or until the salmon is cooked through and opaque.
4. Tasty Grilled Pizza
Skip out on the Domino's tonight and grill your own delicious pizzas. This recipe from Tablespoon shows you how to make your own dough from scratch. For those who are crust-lovers, you'll appreciate how the grill gives the pizza a nice smoky flavor.
Make sure to complete the pizzas with your favorite toppings—cheese, tomatoes, basil, or go all artisan and put on some applewood smoked bacon, blue cheese crumbles, oregano, buffalo sauce, pesto, or whatever else your favorite toppings are. For a smaller version, you can make mini pizzas, which can really come in handy if everyone at your party likes different toppings.
5. Garlic Herb Butter Roasted Corn
This recipe from Rasa Malaysia is super easy to make and can be added to any BBQ menu as a side dish. All you’ll need are some fresh ears of corn, melted salted butter, chopped parsley leaves, garlic, honey, and paprika. The herbs and spices give this corn a nice kick, and hot off the grill it will be sure to melt that garlicky sweet butter until it drips all over. Add some cayenne pepper for a little more spice in your life.
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