Summer Culinary Checklist – 10 Fun & Delicious Ways to Enjoy Summer

It’s finally (officially) summer! The days are long and the nights are warm. Summer is the time for dinners cooked outside on the grill and plenty of backyard barbecues with friends and family. Are you looking for fresh and exciting ways to enjoy this summer? Do you want to expand your culinary horizons?

Here is a list of 10 ways to make this summer fun and delicious.

1. Brush Up on the Basics

One of the best ways to start the summer grilling season is to brush up on your basic grilling techniques. We have several how-to grilling videos that will give you a quick rundown on the best ways to grill steaks and burgers. We also have a helpful infographic that explains the step-by-step process for grilling the perfect steak.

2. Prepare Breakfast on the Grill

Not many of us think of getting up in the morning, pouring a cup of coffee, and firing up the grill. But hey, why not? A delicious breakfast hot off the grill could turn any lazy, leisurely summer morning into a day to remember.

This article explains the basics of how you would prepare your favorite breakfast foods on the grill. We also have an article all about grilling the best bacon.

If you’re looking for even more grilled breakfast ideas, you can check out our Pinterest board.

3. Host a Cookout

Whether you throw a huge backyard bash or an intimate dinner party, it’s always fun to invite people over and show off your grilling skills.

We know how much planning and preparation goes into hosting a gathering of any size. This guide to backyard entertaining compiles all of our best resources to help you plan and execute an amazing summer celebration.

4. Try Something New!

Your grill is for more than just beef. There are cuts of  veal, lamb, and pork that are very versatile and  delicious when cooked on the grill. Check out our “Grilling Spotlight” Pinterest boards for ideas about how to grill veal, lamb, and pork.

5. No More Boring Burgers—Try a New Recipe

Burgers are a staple for summer grilling because they’re quick and easy. But just because you have burgers often, doesn’t mean your burgers have to be boring. For ideas about how to get yourself out of a boring burger rut, check out our “Not Your Ordinary Burger” article  where we’ve compiled all of our secrets to creating the perfect burger.

You can also find all of our burger recipes here.

6. Try Grilling a Roast

Cooking a roast on the grill may seem intimidating, but grill-roasting is easier than you think. In this video Stanley Lobel will walk you through the process, step by step.

Your taste buds are awaiting the juiciest and most tender roast you can imagine with unique flavors only cooking with smoke and flame can impart.

7. Don’t Limit Yourself to Just the Grill—Try Smoking & BBQ

While summer is all about the grill, don’t forget about the smoker! This article gives you a run-down of the basic things you need to know about smoking meats.

Our friend Troy of “T-Roy Cooks” YouTube channel made these mouth-watering videos about smoking pork ribs, brisket, and pork butt that will have you dreaming about starting your own low-and-slow cookout.

8. Must-Try Grilled Desserts

Peaches and Cream

Have you ever prepared your entire meal on the grill? Dinner, sides, and dessert? That’s right–even sweet, delicious desserts can be grilled. This article explains the basics about how to grill fruit, cookies, cakes, and pie!

For even more delicious recipes you can check out our Grilled Desserts board on Pinterest.

9. Pizza and Wing Night—On the Grill!

Do you look forward to pizza night all week? Us, too. But did you know that you can cook your own chicken wings AND pizza on the grill? Making grilled pizza is relatively simple and yields a delectable pie with unique flavors and unlimited possibilities for toppings. This article tells you everything you need to know about grilling the best pizza.

Grilling chicken wings is just as simple and delicious!

10. Find your New Favorite Summer Recipe

Summer is a time to experiment and find new recipes. Check out our Summer Grilling and BBQ & Smoking recipe categories for some delicious ideas!

What are you most looking forward to this summer? Do you plan on expanding your culinary horizons this summer? What is the most unique thing you’ve cooked on the grill? What is your favorite thing to grill in the summer?

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