When grilling season arrives, the backyard barbecue is where you want to be. From main dishes to veggies to desserts, there are so many creative grilling recipes to transform mealtime in the hot summer months and beyond.
Marinate with a difference - Rubs.
Dry rubs consist of salt, sugar, various spices and herbs, all combined to create the desired flavor. Because the flavor won’t infuse deep into the food, choose to go bold when creating your own rub flavors. Keep in mind, the larger the piece of meat you are preparing, the longer the cooking time, the coarser the rub may be. Dry marinades, or rubs, are perfect for the slow-cooking process of a barbecue, and unlike a wet marinade, dry marinades make a delicious crust.
To use, first rub the meat, fish, or poultry with a bit of oil or wet mustard, to guarantee better adhesion during the cooking process. Then massage the rub into the food. Take care to place on the grill at a lower temperature, because the sugar content can scorch at higher temperatures.
Hand-made grilled sausages
Move beyond the traditional hot dog, and grill up a delicious artisanal sausage that is bursting with flavor. Homemade, or store bought, artisanal sausage comes in a variety of flavors that can transform summertime grilling. Choose from the sweet flavor of a basil and parmesan Italian sausage, or go fiery hot with chorizo or andouille. You can also go classic German by choosing a Bratwurst. Check in with your butcher, and ask for a bit of advice on choosing a delicious sausage for grilling.
Grilling is a delicious way to prepare vegetables. Go beyond corn on the cob, and experiment with a variety of different vegetables this season. From avocados and artichokes, to peppers, onions and zucchini, the recipes for grilled vegetarian specialties are becoming ever more creative and varied.
Sweets from the grill
Once you try preparing desserts on the grill, you’ll wonder why it took you so long to do so. Grilling helps bring out the natural sweetness of fruit, slightly caramelizing the surface, adding a depth of flavor. A great fruit to start with is the banana:
1. Halve unpeeled bananas lengthwise, and grill with the skin on for approx. 6-8 minutes.
2. When the banana is evenly grilled, remove peel and arrange the grilled banana on a plate.
3. Drizzle banana with honey and garnish with ice cream, cream or chocolate sprinkles as desired.