Grilled & Smoked Cookout Food
When the sun’s out, it’s time for a cookout. And we think that smoky barbecue-inspired flavor belongs in everything, from apps and main dishes to drinks and desserts.
The Ultimate Grilled Appetizer
Harissa Grilled Peel and Eat Shrimp feature a Moroccan-inspired seasoning and Greek yogurt dip with fresh mint, lemon zest and garlic for layers of unreal flavor. And cooking the shrimp shell-on takes them to a new level of tender.
Keeping it Main & Simple
The spatula stops here for a grilled main dish that’s easy to prepare and delivers great flavor. And we have delish meat alternatives and plant-based options for the non-carnivores at the cookout.
Our Ultimate Grilled Ribs rack up major flavor points with their homemade rub and sauce. Seasoned and flavored with onion, garlic, dark brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, molasses, ketchup, cayenne powder, black pepper and chili powder, you’re going to fall in love with this falloff-the-bone classic.
Tip: Let your ribs rest for about 15 minutes before serving to allow juices to redistribute and prevent the meat from drying out.
It’s easier to make weeknight meal planning a wrap with Plant-based Grilled Stuffed Burritos. Simply assemble them with layers of plant-based meatless grinds, non-dairy cheddar-style shreds, rice and more for a Mexican-inspired grilled meal idea.
And you can take your cookout flavors to a whole new continent when you try our Plant-based Grilled Thai Sausage. In this recipe, the plant-based meatless grinds get the welcome addition of an aromatic and flavorful blend of herbs and spices, including cilantro, shallot, sugar, soy sauce, ginger, garlic, lemongrass, lime zest and cayenne pepper…it’s easy summer grilling, international-style.
Always on Your Summer Side Dishes
Creamy Parmesan Lime Grilled Corn and Fresh Marinated Tomatoes take a classic twosome of fresh summer produce and turn them into something truly magical, in just two steps each. If you’re wondering what to bring to a BBQ, these fresh recipes are it.
The corn starts on a piping hot grill, gets smeared with a mayo-parsley mixture, is sprinkled with Parmesan, then gets finished with cayenne pepper and fresh lime juice. Guests will be smiling ear to ear over this one.
Tip: For the freshest corn, choose ears with slightly damp, bright greens husks wrapped tightly against the corn.
The tomatoes are one of the few summer recipes that doesn’t involve a grill, and we’ll never admit we said this, but there’s just no need for it when it comes to the flavor in this one. Why? It’s as simple as “fresh, in-season tomatoes.” They’re sliced and topped with olive oil, vinegar, garlic, onion, parsley and basil, and boom, you have a side that’s basically as easy to make as lying on a pool float.
Save Room (on the Grill) for Dessert
Summer is even sweeter with this grilled dessert. Grilled Strawberry Mango Shortcake is the finale we never knew we needed with its grilled strawberries, mango and buttery biscuits. And it’s surprisingly easy to make thanks to quick premade biscuits.
Cheers to the Grill with Smoked Drinks
We enjoy these unique Smoked Margaritas with every ounce of our being. Use a pellet smoker for smoking your salt and lime juice. The rest of the ingredients follow standard marg recipe steps, and the results are muy magnificent.
Tip: If you don’t have a smoker, you can still enjoy a cocktail with smoky flavor by grilling the cut side of the limes over a medium-hot grill. Rim the serving glasses with store-bought smoked salt.
This summer, we’re putting the grill lid on limiting your menu to strictly burgers and hot dogs (though there’s always a place for them on our grates). So broaden your barbecue menu with these easy grilling and smoking recipes, because we never mett a food or drink we didn’t think could be even more delicious with a touch of smoky flavor. You go, grill. For more summer grilling inspiration, visit our Summer Grilling page.