Summer is for Chillin’ and Grillin’
Each season brings new recipes and cooking techniques to keep the home chef happy in culinary adventures all year long. When winter comes, I revel being tucked in a cozy kitchen with my crockpot. But now it’s summer – which means relaxing outside with a cool drink while perfecting the sweet, smoky, charred flavors perfected in Texas.
There are several classic standby recipes that will always please the senses. However, I am completely intrigued by finding new grilling trends too, so here’s a mix of both. Be sure to scroll to the end of this recipe list for useful tips and tricks to heighten your grilling game.
Trendy Grill Recipes
What?! Think turducken but with a fruit layer to provide a crisp sweetness. This layered griller has Texas BBQ pork, refreshing pineapple, and delicious bacon to lend a crunch and flavor bomb. See Recipe
Smoked Chili Con Queso
This is all the rage in the food community groups I take part in on Facebook, so I had to share. It looks delicious in the variety of ways people are making it: In a disposable pan over a campfire, in a smoker, or on the grill. See Recipe
Grilled Pesto Pizza with Chicken, Mozzarella, and Ricotta
The options are unlimited when it comes to grilling your own pizza. If fuss-free family fun is the theme for your summertime evening, this is a perfect way to get everyone involved while making something savory and delicious. See Recipe
Grilled Korean Style Skirt Steak
Steak is a staple of any backyard cookout. Prepare the Korean-Styled Skirt Steak in a marinade of sesame, garlic, cola, and soy sauce overnight for maximum flavor impact. Tender yumminess to serve with grilled veggies, rice, or on a baguette with pickled vegetables. See Recipe
The ‘Tried & True’ Outdoor Grill Recipes
Beer Can Chicken
Beer can chicken is actually 25 years old and was made famous in Texas. If you have yet to give this technique a try, get ready to fall in love with this easy way to cook a scrumptious, moist chicken. Although a classic, there are new twists being tried like cooking chicken over canned ciders and wine too! See Recipe
Jalapeno Popper Stuffed Pork Chops
Pork chops are delicious, but they can become a bit lackluster after awhile of ordinary treatment. The jalapeno plants are thriving right now and add just the right amount of spice to kick grilled pork chops up a notch. See Recipe.
Salmon Asparagus Foil Packets
This can be done with your favorite fish of choice and with a variety of vegetables. Fish is notorious for getting stuck to the grill (I have another trick below about getting around that). Foil packets are a way to infuse that delectable grill flavor while having no mess, and no torn-up fish fillets. See Recipe.
Tips and Tricks for Outdoor Grilling
Now that you have the inspiration to get your grill on, here are some cookout hacks to make the experience stress-free so you can just relax and enjoy.
- Put Greek yogurt, sour cream, or mayonnaise on top of your burgers to keep them moist while grilling
- Cook your fish on top of lemon slices to avoid the hassle of fish sticking to the grill
- Use your favorite cast iron skillet on your grill to cook small items like peppers and onions
- Slice an onion in half, pierce it with your grill fork, and rub it back and forth on the grates when you are done to get much of your char off
- Soak wooden/bamboo skewers in water for 10 minutes before grilling kabobs to ensure they do not burn
This summer is challenging as we go through the health crisis. My team and I hope enjoying outdoor cooking with your family and friends keeps you thriving, connected, safe, and full. Enjoy!
About the Judi Wright Team
Judi Wright/The Judi Wright Team is a real estate group specializing in the suburbs of Frisco, Plano, and surrounding areas. Named the “Best Realtor in Dallas,” by D Magazine thirteen times and a Five Star Realtor with Texas Monthly eight times. Judi is also a Company-Wide Top Performer with Ebby Halliday, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate.