Grilling Recipes, The Quicker BBQ

Grilling recipes include some rather unusual suspects . Beyond the old standbys of beef, pork and chicken, there are a lot of other grillees (if that really is a word). ABTs , burger dogs and other tailgating specialties are but a few.

Yeah, I know grilling is not really BBQ. But so darn many people in this country refer to grilling as BBQ, I just can't help it.

It's like the situation I ran into when I first came from Kansas to Texas. I heard people say they wanted a Coke. Then I watched them turn around and buy a root beer.

I finally figured out that in Texas, Coke means a soft drink. And I haven't figured out how to tell a whole state full of Texans that they are wrong. I will try not to mention BBQ again while we are talking about grilling recipes.

Choices, Choices, Choices...

Vegetables give us all many choices of things to grill. Some of the more common ones are corn on the cob, potatoes, peppers, and onions. I suppose you could make a meal of a vegetable kabob. Most of the time, though, they are fixed as side dishes.

Cole slaw, potato salad, and baked beans are good BBQ (sorry, I did it again) side dishes, but not necessarily prepared on the grill. Another dish not prepared on the grill is chili . Although they can be prepared at the grill on a side burner.

Some of the most delicious dishes are not even considered a part of grilling recipes. Many appetizers, salads, and Oh Yes... desserts, come right out of the Cook's Cozy Kitchen . Sherrie has got a wide variety of recipes that go great with BBQ (I mean, grilling).

And I know that a cold beer always goes great with grilled food, but sometimes don't you just want a smoothy ? A fruit smoothy can sometimes be just the trick to satisfy a healthy craving.

Quite often, when I grill steaks or hamburgers , I will also grill potatoes . One of my favorite things to grill is pizza . The kids love it too. They get to help. And it tastes as good as any pizza you could buy.

Another item most people may not think about grilling, is fruit. Several years ago, I used to watch a cooking show about grilling recipes. Every episode included a salad or appetizer (with grilled vegetables), a main dish (grilled beef, pork, fish, chicken, etc.), and a dessert (grilled fruit with a glaze).

All of these choices are probably giving you the idea of firing up the grill... maybe even throwing a backyard party. Now you're talking. Anytime is grillin' time. And the perfect companion to grilling recipes are cold picnic food recipes. Now, if you are really serious about that party idea, you'll find these and more at themed-party-ideas.com.

Everybody's Doing It

The great American pastime of grilling kicks off during the Summer months. A lot of areas in the south can grill all year 'round. But especially in the Summer, you can smell the grills fired up in neighborhoods across the country. Hamburgers and hot dogs sizzle and smoke. It's as American as apple pie.

Grilling recipes that you create and use can be as simple as garlic salt and butter for a grilled salmon marinade , or a full blown marinades with the sauce as a glaze. Marinades are very good choices for steak and chicken. Here is an example of a marinade for chicken.

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1/4 c Worcestershire sauce
1/4 c Red wine
2 Tbs Honey
2 Tbs Balsamic vinegar
2 tsp Extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp Garlic salt

Marinate a few chicken breasts in the mixture of these ingredients for up to 4 hours and grill. This will be good as it is, but feel free to do your own thing.

Taste it before you use it. You may find that you want a little more garlic salt. Maybe you'll want to add some black pepper. If there is something that you don't like, leave it out.  Or... you may want to substitute something similar. The taste of the balsamic vinegar may be a little too rich, so you might try cider vinegar or something else.

Why not go get another drink and try this. Make two batches of marinade for two batches of chicken. Make one batch as the recipe is written, then make the other one with with a few changes that you think might make it better.  Keep track of what you do with each grilling recipe. Then present your guests with a sampling of each. This is one way to perfect minor changes.

Grilling recipes cover a huge range of possible things to grill in a variety of ways. There is no way to find them all, let alone try them all.  But don't you see, that's the fun of what we are doing.  Trying new things and learning from it is what we're all about.

Keep On Keepin' On

So, anyway, take whatever recipes that you have, (whether handed down, from a book, or you've found them) and make them better. That's the purpose of this whole website, to get you into the right frame of mind to make some recipe changes for the better.

Now, if you have a recipe that is perfect, you're done. If you and everyone else loves it, why change it, right? The reason for the changes and creativity is for improvement. Don't make changes to something if there is no need. Get another recipe for that.

As you accumulate more "perfect" recipes, you may really want to try and make some money off of your efforts. Did you know that you can make money from a website and never sell a thing? If you are interested, check out my web host .

Keep grilling, keep creating, and keep on keepin' on. We're in this for the fun of it, remember?

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SBI!

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