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Spice Up Your BBQ Recipes

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June 16, 2021

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.  Spice up your BBQ recipes with a rub, marinade or some basting of your foods!


Rubs are spices mixed together that you rub on your food before you grill. Many places sell great rubs – Arthur Bryants is a favorite of ours, but you can also use your own. Here’s one of our favorite BBQ rub recipes that 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


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 for at least one hour, chicken and seafood for 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


I mostly baste seafood because it cooks so quickly on the grill. Or you can marinate 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 lose any bristles. I like this marinade on my skewers of shrimp and onion.

Lemon BBQ Baste:

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

Grilling Tips

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

  • Use foil to wrap up loose veggies for a healthy taste everyone will love.
  • Corn on the cob is great with 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 when 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 dessert, throw slices of pineapple on the grill.  Grilling gives it a natural caramelization.

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

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