With warmer weather on the way, and for some of you lucky folks, you enjoy it year-round, there is the desire to be outdoors more. The outdoors brings us a lot of satisfaction, and that satisfaction can be from various forms of recreation.
Playing with your kids, going to sporting events, enjoying a lazy day by the water, and even cooking are all forms of relaxation we get while the weather is nice.
Outdoor cooking, specifically grilling, is a particular past time that needs to be taken advantage of when the weather is permitting it. Along with this guide, this website also provides additional resources for your grilling needs. There is more to a barbecue than just grilling, you’d be surprised at the delicious results ‘smoking’ adds to your meats.
These recipes are just some of the wonderful ways to enjoy your grilling, feed your friends and family, and feel at ease wherever you are cooking up a wholesome meal.
1. Grilled Pizza
Maybe not the most traditional way that Italians would view a pizza, but I think even they would be okay with eating a pizza made over the open flames of an outdoor grill. The best part about pizza is that when it comes to food, it is as flexible as you would like.
Some great ways to enjoy a grilled pizza is by searing some peppers on the grill. You can time it just right to produce some really wonderful flavor profiles, as the open flames bring out a lot of smokiness to the crust as well. Try basting the dough with olive oil for a really great taste too!
Here are the ingredients you’ll need for fast and easy grilled pizza. Feel free to play around with the toppings:
- Store bought pizza crust
- 8 ounces of fresh mozzarella
- ½ roasted red peppers
- ½ bunch of basil
- 2 teaspoons of olive oil
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 4 ounces of sliced salami or capicola
2. Marinated Rib Eye Steak
In a more traditional grilling food style, you can marinate a nice rib eye steak and let it cook for some time on a grill. Cooking steak outdoors is more about the art of the cook, then it is about the food necessarily.
Finding your perfect marinade is really important to a good recipe. Vinegar based hot sauce or dry rub are some good choices that allow you to get creative with what kind of taste you want.
Try this recipe if you’re feeling like eating a steak this weekend:
- 24 ounce rib eye steak
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 ounce marinade of choice
Grilling a brisket is one thing, but smoking it is an entirely different experience. You can cook over the grill or with a smoker too. Briskets are fun to make when entertaining, and using a smoker along with your grill can help increase the time you spend with your guests as well.
An easy brisket recipe for you to try:
- 1 whole briskets
- ½ teaspoon of salt
- Beef rub (dry)
- Wrap in foil, cook around 150-160 Fahrenheit for 12 hours
4. Grilled Chicken and Vegetables
Simple but tasty. Using a big aluminum pan or dish, you can cook vegetables on low heat. Or, for quicker results, you can simply place them on the grill racks. Just remember not to leave the vegetables for too long.
Peppers, asparagus, and other common side dish choices pair well with chicken. You can even experiment and wrap the chicken in bacon to let the fat help cook the chicken, while adding a new dimension of taste.
Try this no frills chicken recipe:
- 1 whole chicken
- 1 cup balsamic vinegar
- ½ tablespoon of sea salt
- 3 red bell peppers, halved
- 10 green onions, roots removed
- 8 pieces of asparagus
5. Grilled Glazed Ham
Kind of a delicacy to some. Most of us do not eat large cuts of ham unless it is the holidays. In this case, why not treat yourself or your family? Grilling a ham with a nice honey glaze on the outside, with pineapples to add a good bit of sweetness can really give you a meal to look forward too on a nice weeknight or weekend during the summer.
Try this for your next get together:
- 8 pound ham, bone in
- 20 ounce can of pineapple rings
- 1 cup of brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon of sea salt
- 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
6. Grilled Pork Chops
Finally, we have a classic. Simple to make, simple to cook, but very enjoyable if done right. The key to cooking pork chops is to get them to the right amount of char on the outside, but not to overdo it.
Overcooking pork can often make it taste very dry, so a good idea is to wrap them in tin foil, and move from lower to upper rack every so often so that the juices can help cook it inside. This creates a nice, juicy flavoring that should not dry it out.
Who doesn’t love a good pork chop recipe? Try this for dinner tonight:
- 6 pork chops
- 1 tablespoon rosemary leaves
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- Pinch of cayenne powder
- 1 teaspoon of chopped thyme leaves
When the weather is warm, we try to spend as much time outside enjoying it while we can, because we know it will not last for long. Grilling is one of the most enjoyable outdoor activities, and these are just some of the many recipes out there that you can use to be able to enjoy the weather, good food, and good company.