As the warm weather rolls in and you begin spending more time outside, consider taking your cooking outside too. Whether you have a gas, charcoal, or pellet grill, barbecuing will save you on indoor electricity costs and make your food taste delicious. Better yet, many recipes on a grill use less oil and fat while still imparting tons of flavor. Here are some quick and easy BBQ recipes to try at your next outdoor gathering:
1. BBQ sticky ribs: These are worth the messy fingers
Ribs are classic at any barbecue and are easier to make than you think! They are full of flavor and can hold up to bold sauces and rubs. You can make a sticky sauce for BBQ ribs with some basics from your pantry, such as ketchup, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, and any spices of your choosing. If you have a smoker on hand, smoke the ribs until tender, and then add them to the grill with your favorite barbecue sauce.
2. Grilled veggie skewers: Clean out your fridge without sacrificing flavor
An easy side dish for your upcoming outdoor meals is grilled veggie skewers. Not only are these easy to make, but they are totally customizable with any veggies you have in your fridge. Go for veggies that can hold their shape when cooking, such as zucchini, cremini mushrooms, and red onions. Cut the veggies into chunks and skewer them with a wooden stick. Add extra flavor by coating with a marinade of your choosing. Enjoy these skewers as a side or serve them over rice to enjoy as a meal on their own!
3. BBQ chicken: Swap fatty protein for this healthier option
Chicken is a great, lean protein you can use in place of beef or pork. It also tastes amazing when grilled. Use the breast as a healthy alternative at your next outdoor gathering or opt for the thigh to give extra flavor and richness to your meal. Coat the chicken during cooking using a simple homemade barbecue sauce or your favorite store-bought sauce for a quick weeknight meal. Enjoy BBQ chicken in a sandwich with all the fixings or over some cilantro lime rice!
4. Grilled potatoes: Amp up a traditional side dish
Potatoes make the perfect side to almost any meal. While traditionally cooked on the stove or in the oven, adding potatoes to the grill will add something special to this standard. Wrap large russet potatoes in aluminum foil and place them on the grill for the perfect baked potato, or slice red potatoes and place them in a grilling basket to absorb all that delicious, smoky flavor. Whichever method you choose, don’t forget the cheese and sour cream when you serve!
5. Grilled mushroom caps: Ditch the meat for this tasty vegetable
Take your next meatless Monday to a new level with some grilled mushroom burgers! Mushrooms are a great option for sandwiches and burgers because of their meaty texture and umami flavor. Wash large portabella mushrooms and remove the stem. Brush the caps with oil and place them directly on the grill. Fix up your burger with extra veggies and your favorite barbecue sauce and you won’t even miss the meat.