Whether you are serving a feast for many or a menu for two, be prepared with these savory summertime BBQ recipes! Summertime and BBQ are synonymous; they go together like ice tea and lemon. Gather your friends for a weekend afternoon party or a night under the stars! Serve one of these five delicious recipes at your next summer BBQ to keep them coming back for more!
New York Hamburgers Tavern Style
A backyard BBQ would be lackluster without the appearance of the almighty hamburger! A crowd favorite, the best juicy burger recipe (in my opinion) is from cooking.newyorktimes’ Sam Sifton. This Tavern Style Hamburger has only four ingredients (sirloin, oil, cheese and buns), plus your added lettuce, tomato, onion and condiments. Mr. Sifton prepares his hamburger in a cast iron skillet inside his own kitchen. You can transfer this burger to the backyard grill and top with your favorite BBQ sauce. Watch the video and find out how to make the perfect burger for your BBQ. Thanks, Mr. Sifton, for making my burger-loving family very happy.
Asparagus Wrapped In Prosciutto
There’s nothing like an asparagus wrapped in …anything! Asparagus has a green, enticing aesthetic. Paired with the smoke-flavor from a gas or charcoal grill, asparagus takes on a whole new persona – one that makes a great side dish when wrapped in prosciutto. Requiring only three ingredients, it is my kind of crowd-pleasing sensational BBQ side. Cook the asparagus indoors, cool, wrap in a layer of prosciutto, coat with olive oil and place on the grill.
Peel And Eat BBQ Shrimp
Anything on a skewer creates a fun BBQ atmosphere. Food Network’s Bobby Flay is a BBQ mastermind. He is a genius in the kitchen and over a backyard grill. His Peel and Eat BBQ Shrimp is a must-have for your next party. It’s easy and your guests will love Flay’s savory spice rub. When preparing shrimp and other meats, use safe-handling rules (wash your hands after touching raw meat, don’t leave raw meat sit out in the sun, etc.), especially if you are outdoors and the weather is scorching hot.
If you are a meat-lover, this recipe is for you! Jamieoliver.com tells us how to prepare DJ BBQ’s world’s best meatloaf. They use the ‘heat canyon’ technique for BBQ on your grill, placing all the coals to the sides of the grill, creating a ‘canyon’ driving the heat up the sides and keeping the middle of the grill cooler for a perfectly cooked meal. Worcestershire sauce makes this meatloaf tangy, while the breadcrumbs and eggs keep it dense and moist.
What would a summer BBQ be without potato salad? A hometown favorite, potato salad originates from the early 16th century when the potato was discovered in South America by Spanish explorers. Since, the potato has become a worldwide favorite side dish. It’s a great accompaniment to almost any protein. Communitytable.com shares their recipe for scrumptious potato salad. This recipe calls for eggs, red-skinned potatoes and other savory ingredients. You can make this salad the day before and let the flavors marinate before serving at your summer BBQ.
Add Fresh Veggies And Fruit
In addition to your main summer BBQ course, serve two or three (or more) of the many varieties of organic vegetables and fruit. Your local farmer’s market has a nice selection of seasonal vegetables and fruit. A sunny-day BBQ isn’t complete without corn-on-the-cob, fresh green beans, snap peas, carrots, and more – make it a festive event with a colorful veggie tray and dip. For dessert, slice and cube delectable seasonal fruits; watermelon, cantaloupe, pineapple, apples, peaches and more… so many to choose from. If your guests have a sweet-tooth, add a fruit pie or cobbler. Top it with homemade ice cream using wholesome ingredients from your local dairy.
Add A Summer Cocktail And Create A Tablescape
Let’s get this party started! A summer BBQ is more than just food! Create a warm welcome with fruity punch and seasonal cocktails! World-renowned chef and entertaining specialist, Sandra Lee, is known for her delicious recipes, lively cocktails, as well as her beautiful summertime tablescapes. Lee provides a list of cocktails for every month and every occasion. Try a flashy summer Ginger Mint Mijito to get the party swinging! From non-alcoholic favorites to new cocktail sensations, Lee provides great insight and creativity to enhance any event. Check out her simple, classic ideas to showcase your next summer BBQ.