With the summer upon us, it’s time to enjoy the great weather, the outdoors, and start grilling. There are so many options for upping the flavor while grilling your food.  You can use a rub, marinade or just do some basting while your food is on the grill.

Rubs

Rubs are spices mixed together that you rub on your food before you grill.  I love a simple rub, combine enough spices and herbs that your meat is covered.  Many places sell great rubs – Arthur Bryants is a favorite of ours. Here is a great recipe you can pull from your spice cupboard:

Spicy BBQ Rub

  • 1/4 cup paprika
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne

Marinades

A marinade is a sauce made of oil, vinegar, spices, herbs, etc – in which you soak your meat before cooking. A rough guide is to marinade red meats at least one hour, chicken and seafood 30 minutes or longer. My husband loves this simple marinade I put on his steak.

Teriyaki BBQ Marinade:

  • 1/4 cup teriyaki sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

Baste

I mostly baste seafood because it cooks so quickly on the grill. Or you can marinade it first and then brush on the remaining sauce while it’s cooking. I prefer to use a silicone basting brush. They clean easily and do not loose any bristles. I like this marinade on my skewers of shrimp and onion.

Lemon BBQ Baste:

  • 1/4 cup of lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup on olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 2 cloves of fresh minced garlic

Grilling Tips

There are some other great tips and tricks for getting the most out of your grill:

  • Use foil to wrap up loose veggies for a healthy taste everyone will love.
  • Corn on the cob is great with a a pat of butter and some chili powder sprinkled on.  Wrap each ear individually in foil and cook on the grill for about 7 minutes.
  • Asparagus is amazing grilled.  You can put it straight on the grill or in a veggie tray first. It only takes a couple of minutes to cook.  Place on a plate with some butter and tarragon.
  • For a quick desert throw slices of pineapple on the grill.  Grilling gives it a natural caramelization.

Do you have any BBQ tips to share? Enjoy your summer of grilling.