We all know that food cooked on fire is super delicious and it is the favorite type of food for garden parties, picnics and outdoor gatherings. One of the great advantages is that you can prepare not only meat, poultry and fish, but vegetables, sandwiches and even desserts! Look at these top BBQ food inspiration and dessert recipes that you can try with friends and family this weekend.
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General Recommendations and Tips for the Best BBQ Food
The aroma of food will be richer and tastier if you use charcoal. You can also use a gas or electric barbecue, but the food will not have a smoky flavor. For juicy and tender food – meat, poultry, fish or vegetables, make sure you heat the grill very well.
Marinate the meat to make it more flavorful. Some types of meat can be marinated the day before and stored in the refrigerator. In such case, remove it from the fridge in advance so that it reaches room temperature. This will allow meat to cook more evenly. Fruits and vegetables can be marinated 20-30 minutes before grilling.
After removing the meat from the grill, leave it for 3-5 minutes to let it rest. Wrap it in foil for 10 minutes so that it evenly absorbs the released juice.
BBQ Food – Make Sure You Choose Only High Quality Products
You should choose high quality products, whether meat, poultry, fish, fruits or vegetables. Make sure that meat or fish is fresh. In stores like Costco, you can choose your preferred cuts from sirloin to steaks, chicken tenderloins, burgers, etc. In case you buy frozen products, thaw meat in the refrigerator and never keep it in warm water, otherwise its taste will deteriorate.
As far as fruits and vegetables are concerned – the list of BBQ food inspiration and recipes is endless! You can choose zucchini, tomatoes, pepper, eggplants, carrots, mushrooms, bananas, peaches, pears, apples, etc. Season the vegetables with olive oil, garlic and herbs. You can cook them on the griddle or prepare vegan skewers which are not only delicious, but also healthy and beautifully looking. Fruits can be grilled as long as they are coated with fat – olive oil or grapeseed oil. Grease well so the pieces don’t stick to the grill.
Awesome BBQ Dessert Recipes to Try With Friends and Family
When it comes to BBQ food inspiration and recipes most of us think of meat and grilled vegetables like zucchini, peppers, eggplants or onions. Yes, these are delicious and we never get tired of them but we have some very fresh suggestions and will offer you three recipes for desserts! Grilled fruits are fantastic and you can use them in salads, elegant starters and of course – as superb desserts. The sugar on the surface of the fruits, coming into contact with the heat from the grill, caramelizes and this is the most wonderful taste!
Grilled Peaches with Vanilla Ice Cream
- 4 ripe peaches, halved
- Grapeseed oil (Extra virgin olive oil), for brushing
- Vanilla ice cream
- Preheat the grill to medium heat.
- Brush the peaches with oil and place them on the grate cut-side-down. Grill until char marks form, 3-4 minutes. Flip and cook for another minute.
- Serve with vanilla ice cream.
- 1 pineapple
- 1 tbsp butter
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1 pinch of salt
- Cut the pineapple into thick slices and remove the core.
- Mix melted butter, cinnamon, salt and honey in a bowl.
- Brush the slices and cook on the grill for 3-4 per side until tender.
- Serve and enjoy!
BBQ Food Inspiration – Grilled banana s’mores boats
- 1 banana
- 1 tablespoon chocolate chips
- 1 tablespoons mini marshmallows
- Pre-heat grill to medium-high heat.
- Slice the banana lengthwise and open slightly to create a pocket.
- Push chocolate chips and marshmallows into the pocket.
- Place the banana on the grate and cook until it starts to brown.
- Serve warm.