Summer Grilling Recipes

Nothing says summer like grilling in the backyard. Here are a few summer grilling recipes to compensate for the relentless heat.

Hawaiian Kabobs

Even if you can’t manage to get to Waikiki this summer, you can still at least enjoy a taste of the tropical islands with this simple recipe. If you’re into making things harder than they need be, you can do an Internet search for a homemade marinade, but life will be easier if you simply buy one of the many Hawaiian-style sauces that can be found in any grocery store. Soak the meat of your choice – whether it’s chicken, steak, shrimp or whatever (and the veggies too if so desired) – in the marinade for at least a few hours before grilling. When you’re ready to fire up the grill, skewer your meat and any vegetables you find appealing, along with a handful of pineapple chunks and place them on the grill.

Grilled Bacon Cheeseburger Quesadillas

Bet you never thought of making that Mexican restaurant standby, the quesadilla, on your backyard grill, did you?  Actually, the grill is the ideal place to make a quesadilla; much better than a frying pan since it’s notoriously hard to get those savory grill skidmarks on the stove top.  Place tortillas on the grill and then add cheese (forgo the traditional Monterrey Jack in favor of cheddar for a real cheeseburger flavor).  Next add the onions (and for a really spicy treat pick up a can of Ro-Tel’s Habanero Tomatoes) and then real bacon bits (or bacon you’ve already fried) and then hamburger.  Either fold over the tortilla or, better yet, place another on top and let the fire work its magic. 

Grilled Stuffed Tomatoes

And now a little something for the vegetarians. Grab yourself the largest tomatoes you can find and set your grill to medium hot. Grill the tomatoes inside a pan lined with aluminum foil for about 15 minutes. Remove the pan and stuff the tomatoes with cheese, onions, corn and mushrooms. Then top with bruschetta sauce before grilling for an additional five minutes.