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Grilling out is a quintessential summertime activity and these 21 Must Try Summer Grilling Recipes are perfect for any summer dinner!
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Grilling out is one of the best things about summer! The grill can transform bland chicken, boring veggies and often tough cuts of beef into tasty, tender delicious dishes!
Each recipe delicious in its own right and perfect for summers spent in the backyard grilling. Over the years we’ve even included a handful of “foil dinners” that can be cooked on a grill or campfire, since camping is another huge summertime activity!
Today we are sharing our 21 Must Try Summer Grilling Recipes that are ideal for this time of year. In addition to sharing some of our best grilling recipes, we’ve included some basic grilling tips and some highly recommended grilling equipment to help ensure you have the most success the next time you fire up the grill!
Quick Grilling Tips:
- Always oil your grill grates before adding your food (see below).
- Always make sure the grill thermometer reaches 400 degrees Fahrenheit before adding your food. If the grill is too hot when you add your meat, the outside of the meat will burn before the inside is cooked through.
- Make sure you have proper tools and equipment to cook with (see below).
- Use the right type of coal (see below).
- Let your meat rest for 5-10 minutes before slicing and serving to allow the natural juices settle into the meat.
- Allow enough time for your meat to marinate. For beef, chicken, lamb and pork, at least 2 hours and up to 8 hours or overnight. However, fish and seafood should only be marinated for 30-60 minutes due to their delicate texture.
- If using wooden skewers, make sure you soak the skewers in water for at least 30 minutes before adding the food and placing on the grill.
- Make sure it is not too windy and remove any potential fire hazards near the grill.
HOW TO OIL GRILL GRATES:
- After your grill is hot and ready for grilling, pour 2-3 tablespoons of a high temperature oil (corn, canola, peanut) into a small bowl. Using tongs, dip a bunched-up paper towel into the corn oil. Using caution, carefully wipe the oil coated paper towel over grill grates.
- Alternatively, you can wipe the oil coated paper towel over the grill grates BEFORE lighting the grill. After oiling the grill, light the grill and allow the oil to burn off. This method will still help prevent food from sticking.
What type of coal should I use for grilling?
We recommend using lump charcoal instead of charcoal briquettes, as lump charcoal is pure wood and there are additives used in the process of making charcoal briquettes. Also, lump charcoal will last longer and burn hotter.
Recommended Grilling Tools:
Rapidfire Chimney Starter – A chimney starter will quickly heat charcoal for cooking.
Meat Thermometer – We highly recommend having a digital meat thermometer on hand to check that your meat is cooked thoroughly.
Heat Resistant Oven Mitts – A heat resistant oven mitt is essential for grilling as it can handle temperatures up to 500 degrees.
Grilling Tongs and Spatulas – Grilling tongs and spatulas tend to be more heavy duty than traditional kitchen tongs and spatulas and are longer too – typically between 12-16 inches long- which means you don’t have to be right up on the grill to reach the food to flip it.
Metal Barbecue Skewer – These metal skewers are essential if you love making grilled kebobs! Not only can these be washed and used over and over again, you don’t have to worry about pre-soaking them or them breaking, like you have to do with wooden skewers.
And without further ado, here are the best grilling recipes for summer!
Grilled Sangria (via Girl Eats World)
Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad (via Stetted)
Oatmeal Cookie Grilled Peaches (via For the Love of Food)
Penne with Grilled Summer Squash and Corn (via Taste and Tell)
Grilled Peaches with Orange Blossom Syrup and Pistachios (via An Edible Mosaic)