With the summer sun high in the sky, it’s no surprise that Greenville, SC residents are cleaning their BBQ smokers and grills or buying new ones from dealers like Buchanan Fire and Outdoor. A weekend barbecue is a great way to get social with your neighbors and bring smiles to your family. The question is: what exactly will you be cooking on that grill? The traditional burgers and sausages can get stale year after year, so why not spice things up this time? Here are a few suggestions on what you can serve up during your barbecue afternoons.
Meat is king when it comes to grilling, but if you want to be unique, you’ll have to choose something other than steaks and burgers. So why not try grilling some chicken? Slice up some chicken breasts and rub pepper, oregano and other herbs and spices, then add a dash of lemon and grill it over the fire. If you’re particularly ambitious, you can try grilling an entire chicken; it can take an hour or so, but slow roasting it over an open fire can result in a great dish. You may also experiment with marinades and sauces; use a soy marinade for your steaks or mix up a sweet-and-sour BBQ sauce to slather over those ribs.
Fruits and Vegetables
All meat, all the time can get tiring. You’ll want to leaven it with some fruits and vegetables to cleanse and refresh the palate. For example: you can slice an avocado, take out the seeds, and add some olive oil on the cut side; place it cut side over the fire to cook the inside and top with some yogurt when done.
Fish are another great dish to grill. Grilled fish, especially freshly-caught ones, are a great choice to set your barbecue apart from the rest. Clean the fish of scales and lay them on the grill for a basic meal. If you want to get fancy, you can cut the fish into steak or fillet; marinade them in soy sauce or vinegar for that extra bite.
Finally, BBQ grills may seem limited to cooking fresh food, but you can surprise your visitors with something different. For example, cook pizza on your grill. Just brush some oil on flattened dough and cook until grill marks appear; then add the toppings from sauce to cheese. Leave it alone for three to five minutes and you’ve got grilled pizza to serve. Quesadillas can be prepared in the same manner while grilled bacon will have a distinct crisp non-oily flavor.
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