Once you’ve got the basics of grilling down, it’s time to spice up your repertoire a bit. These tips are unique, flavorful and sure to impress at your next barbeque.
- While your grill is still hot, use a half an onion to clean the grill. Not only will the cut side of the onion take off any food residue, it will also leave a nice flavor to your BBQ for the next time you grill.
- Use a rosemary stalk as skewers for veggies or meat to flavor ingredients from the inside out.
- Firm cheese like haloumi, ricotta salata or queso blanco soften but won’t melt on the grill and are perfect additions to kebabs.
- Grilled fruit like pears, peaches, apples and watermelon go perfectly with cheese for a light, summer dessert. Cut fruit in half and grill to make their natural juices even richer and more flavorful.
- Rub thick pieces of fresh bread with olive oil and garlic and toast them on the grill. Cut the bread into chunks and add to any summer salad. Grilled bread soaks up dressing and meat juices without turning soggy.
- Put sugared donuts or pound cake on the grill and top with fresh berries and ice cream for a summery dessert.
- Skip the kebabs and grill veggies like zucchini and artichokes straight on the grill. Add toppings like cheese, pepperoni or diced tomatoes.
- Make lunchtime a breeze with a grilled cheese sandwich bar. Put out a selection of meats, veggies and cheese for guest to choose from and grill their own.
- Grill tofu for a high-protein, low-fat addition to your meal. Make sure to select the firmest tofu for less-moisture content. This works best on the grill.
- Spice up your appetizer routine by using a baking tray or layer of tin foil to roast chickpeas over the grill.
- Using foil tins, you can easily pop popcorn kernels over the grill. Spread a layer of kernels over the tin, sprinkle with salt and canola oil for flavor.
- Cut lemons into slices, sprinkle with sugar and grill. They make flavorful additions to iced tea, lemonade and cocktails.