- Burgers & Dogs
Everyone loves a good cheeseburger and hot dog. Throw some onion powder in the beef before grilling to give your burgers some extra flavor. Hot dogs may not be fancy, but they still benefit from marinating. Cut thin slits in the hot dogs and marinate them overnight in the fridge with the marinade of your choice. You won’t ever look at hot dogs the same again.
Site note: don’t forget to butter up your rolls before toasting them on the grill.
It’s all in the cut, cook and marinade. Choose a quality cut from a butcher you can trust and marinate it in your favorite concoction. If you don’t know any marinades, the Montreal Steak marinade from McCormick will never disappoint. A good rule of thumb for cooking steak is to touch your finger to your thumb (same hand) and feel the palm just under your thumb with the index finger on your other hand. This is what a rare steak will feel like. The rest of the fingers will correspond to the next levels of cooking (middle finger – medium rare, ring finger – medium well, pinky – well done). Press the center of the steak with the finger you used to feel your palm under your thumb and compare the two feelings to determine how cooked your steak is.
Yes, you heard right – Grilled pizza. It will change your life. First, roll out the dough with some flour and put it on the grill (medium to high heat) until the bottom of the dough is begins to toast. Next, take it off the grill, flip it over so that the toasted side is up and decorate it with your favorite toppings. Put the pizza back on the grill until the cheese is melted. Keep the heat pretty low so you don’t burn the bottom crust before the top cooks.
- Thick-cut Bacon
Cooking bacon on the grill can help give your bacon some extra flavor and make it a bit healthier. Just simply toss the bacon on the grill and cook for around 5-6 minutes, flipping the bacon halfway through.
Grilled shrimp is tricky but has high reward. The biggest trick is to split the shrimp shells down the back but still keep the shell on. This will allow for venting but it will also keep the shrimp moist while enhancing their flavor.
- Fruits and Veggies
My favorite fruits to cook on the grill are pineapple, berries of any kind, peaches and watermelon. As for vegetables, I recommend Zucchini, squash, eggplant, peppers, onions, and corn. You can also make some delicious caprice on the grill by grilling tomato with mozzarella cheese on top then adding basil when it is done cooking. With almost all fruits and veggies, you want to cut them so that they have at least one open face on the grill and coat them in a little bit of olive oil or butter and some salt (not needed as much for fruit, but it will add some great flavor). After that, simply cook them until you see distinct grill lines on one side then flip and repeat on the other side.