When the warmer weather hits many people think grill on the barbie so they pull out the grill top up the propane tank and get set to grill. Or if the BBQ is a coal or briquette fired unit they get out their grill brush and the briquettes and set up a BBQ menu to fit any occasion even just a casual afternoon picnic.
If you are using a barbeque grill for hot dogs you can make them taste different with a few tricks. Of course you can just plop down a lowly hotdog or two and add some barbeque sauce and grill away but adding a few surprises will just make the whole meal better. So to spruce up that hotdog cut a slit deep on one side of the hotdog and stick in some sharp cheddar. Wrap it with a bacon strip, fasten with a toothpick and grill away for a tasty treat.
Now these babies are a barbeque grill delight because they are simple to grill and don’t require barbeque sauce just a few drops of hot sauce or some lemon wedges and you can eat them right at the grill. There are a couple of ways you can grill these babies such as shelling them and putting them on a skewer, season, dip in melted butter and grill. But much easier is to use a medium to large oyster and set it deep shell side down on the grill and leave until the shell pops open after about 6-7 minutes. They will open wide. Break off the shell, dash on lemon and tobasco and enjoy.
3) Jumbo Shrimp
Nothing is better for a barbeque grill appetizer than Chinese grilled shrimps. Take large shrimps split open and marinate a few hours in equal parts sherry, oil and soy sauce, some garlic and grated fresh ginger. Grill over a medium heat for about 3 to 4 minutes. Serve at once with a handful of napkins to catch the drippings. Marinate shrimp shell and all in a barbeque sauce then stick on a skewer and put on grill, basting with the sauce for about 5 minutes.
4) Canned Meat On The Grill
For a barbeque grill meal that is a bit different, take a good brand of canned corned beef hash, add 1 cup of cubed and lightly boiled potatoes and chopped onion to taste plus seasonings to taste and mix well then form into patties. No barbeque sauce needed with this one only some melted butter brushed over them. Grill until the patties are crusty and brown on the outside and enjoy with some chili sauce.
5) Grilled Hamburgers
Hamburgers can be a palette for just about any seasoning like herbs of various types or Mexican seasoning filled with chopped green pepper, chili powder, salt, pepper and some chili sauce. Mix well and form into 1-1/2 inch thick patties and cook to taste. A barbeque grill variation is put two thinner patties together with a blue cheese filling inside and make a sandwich like patty and wrap edge with a piece of bacon which will provide the barbeque sauce when grilling and cook to taste. Just begin with good meat and don’t knead and mold the meat with your hands, just pat gently into shape for a juicier hamburger.
6) Grilled Vegetables
Vegetables are a favorite barbeque grill opportunity. Corn is a summertime favorite which makes a fine addition to any meal. Pull back the husks remove silk, pull back up the husk, soak in water for 30 minutes and put on grill. Turn 2-3 times for the 10-15 minutes they will take to cook. But don’t forget grilled carrots that have been lightly boiled and dipped in butter for the barbeque sauce and grill until nicely browned.
7) Grilled Fruit
Not just vegetables make the barbeque grill but also consider grilling bananas. Peel bananas and cut in half lengthwise then wrap each half in a piece of bacon and grill until crisp. With this tasty addition you won’t need any more barbeque sauce as an addition to your grilled chicken. You can also grill cut apples or even grill orange pieces in a hinged grill broiler. Think about cutting a fresh pineapple, leaves and all into 6 or 8 pieces lengthwise. Brush with butter and grill until nicely browned and serve as a side to steak.
8) Kebabs Or Skewer Grilling Like Sates
This is an easy way to barbeque grill a variety of items all on a skewer. Sates in Malaya are morsels of this and that skewered on sticks and grilled. The key is to have the pieces of meat all the same size. Then add cut green pepper chucks, onion chunks, pineapple pieces or whatever your guests like. For pork sates the barbeque sauce is soy sauce, honey, oil, lemon juice, curry and chili powder and finely chopped onion. Marinate the pork cubes for an hour, thread on bamboo sticks and grill slowly over the heat.
Steak and the barbeque grill are made for each other. Whether you use a barbeque sauce or not or use thin pieces or thicker ones you can’t go wrong if you slap that steak on the grill and let it cook. Before you choose your steak know how people you are cooking for, the cooking area of your grill and your budget. The budget determines the cut and grade of the steak you can purchase. The average serving is from ½ to 1 pound so no one goes home hungry.
10) Stuffed Chicken Breasts
Chicken is always another favorite for a barbeque grill meal. Mix a paste of butter, chopped green onions, chopped parsley and your favorite herb like basil. Cut a thin pocket in the meat put in the mixture and secure closed with a toothpick. Brush with melted butter and grill for about 10-12 minutes. The barbeque sauce is some heavy cream bushed on just before they are finished plus salt and pepper for a fine meal.