Monday, January 9, 2017

10 Food Favorites for the Grill

There are many things we associate with summertime, and one of the most popular (and tastiest) summer activities is grilling out. It is customary to kick off the summer on Memorial Day with a meal on the backyard grill, and end it the same way on Labor Day. Whether you are a novice griller and looking for ideas, or an experienced grill master trying to get out of a rut of making the same thing over and over, here are the ten most popular items to cook on a grill.


Steak


Whether you go with a New York Strip, Ribeye or Filet Mignon, steak is an all-time grill out favorite. Nothing beats the slightly charred outside and medium-rare inside you acquire when cooking a steak on the grill.


Hot Dogs


Hot dogs are easy-peasy and loved by grandparents and grandchildren equally – nothing will go over so well with so many than a hot dog. Grill some so they are just hot and give others a nice crunchy burn – that’s how I like ’em and I know I am not alone!


Baby Back Ribs


Though some prefer their ribs cooked slowly in a smoker, a grill does an outstanding job on baby backs as well. To ensure tenderness without overcooking, consider pre-cooking your ribs in the oven prior to placing on the grill.


Barbecued Chicken


There is nothing like a juicy bone-in chicken breast cooked over an open flame. The skin develops a crispy texture full of flavor while keeping the inside moist and delicious.


Skewered Shrimp


Why not throw some shrimp on the ol’ barbie (as they supposedly say in Australia)? Just peel your shrimp, line them up side by side on skewers, brush with a little marinade or sauce and toss on the grill – they will be ready in minutes!


Brats and Metts


Known formally as Bratwursts and Mettwurts, these are a favorites in my hometown of Cincinnati due to their German heritage. Top your Brats and Metts with sauerkraut and mustard – purists will scoff if they see you adding ketchup (but I do it anyway!).


Salmon


If you put salmon directly on your grill you are going to end up with a hot mess (literally) and very little to eat as the fish falls apart and sticks to the grill. But you can remedy this, and cook fantastic salmon on your grill with the aid of fish grilling basket!


Hamburgers


Hamburgers allow oodles of customization as you can dress up your basic grilled beef patty with different cheeses and gourmet toppings, or just stick with the basics. If you flip your burger just once and don’t press it down and squeeze out all the flavorful juices, it is hard to go wrong with a burger.


Shish Kabob


You can make your shish kabob with whatever meat and vegetables appeal to you most. Personally I like beef with mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, green peppers and onions. Marinating your chunks of meat ahead of time gives it terrific added flavor.


Corn on the Cob


While there are many vegetables you can slice up and grill (zucchini, squash, eggplant, etc.), corn on the cob is no doubt the most popular. The added flavor that comes from an open flame coupled with a slathering of butter, salt, and even a touch of pepper is truly divine.


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