8 Backyard BBQ Recipes You Must Try This Summer
After last year, there’s nothing better than getting a bunch of friends together, fire up the grill, and just hang out. There is something magical about barbecued food: the smoke, the charred flavor, the crisp edges and crusts. These recipes celebrate all summer long and the beauty of what you can make with charcoal (or wood, if that’s your preference). Plus, there’s the joy of getting away from the stove and going out to enjoy those long summer nights with a cold cocktail in one hand and your favorite tongs in the other. So, fire up your grill and float that smoke in the air.
1. Grilled oysters with spicy tequila butter
Oysters are one of my favorite things to grill. Heating them makes them so easy to open. Make sure you have a towel to hold them while you remove the top shell. The rock salt on the platter ensures that all the butter and tequila stays in the shell.
2. Sweet peach-bourbon tea
There is nothing better than a sweet tea on a hot day. This can be multiplied and manufactured by the launcher.
3. Rum and grilled pineapple shortcakes
I like to set up a shortcake station. A platter of split cookies, a bowl of toasted and spiced pineapple, and freshly whipped rum cream are a great way to end the evening.
4. Baked potato salad
Roasting potatoes in the oven adds a depth of flavor to this potato salad. If you don’t want to turn on the oven, you can also roast the potatoes on the grill. Just place the roasting pan on a hot grill and make sure to toss them frequently so they don’t stick.
5. Grilled pork burgers with country mustard and quick pickles
It wouldn’t be a barbecue without a burger. Coffee and brown sugar add a unique flavor to pork. Pickles are so easy, you’ll want to double the recipe and keep a jar in your fridge.
6. Buttermilk coleslaw
Buttermilk adds a nice flavor to traditional coleslaw. It’s a great way to use that buttermilk in your fridge. (Pro tip: If you don’t have buttermilk, make your own by adding 1 tbsp of lemon juice to 1 cup of whole milk.)
7. Grilled salmon with guava barbecue sauce and mango salsa
Grilling the fish adds a smoky note that pairs beautifully with the sweetness of dark rum in the sauce. Note: You can also use a side of whole salmon instead of individual fillets.
8. Grilled panzanella
You can toast the bread as soon as you pour the charcoal from the fireplace into the grill. Do not stray, because the bread bakes quickly. Mix everything together and let sit while you finish the rest of the meal.