Just because summer is almost over doesn't mean you should be packing up the grill just yet. After all, if you've got your cool barbecue tools to show off to friends and family.
Heat things up with smokey barbecued wings then cool off with a refreshing watermelon salad.
Bring out the charcoal and firestarters, grab an ice cold beer, and enjoy the weather while its still hot enough to enjoy the outdoors.
1. Low-and-Slow Smoked Beef Brisket
This smoker recipe is perfect for a summertime backyard bash. The result is a tender and flavor-packed brisket each and every time.
2. Smoked Barbecue Wings
These wings have a deep, smokey flavor while still managing to stay sweet, tender and light. The chili rub is a mix of sugar and spice, packing a huge flavor punch for your palate.
3. Grilled Cayenne Peaches
The grill isn't only reserved for meat. In fact, many kinds of fruit taste incredible when put over an open flame. Peaches are especially delicious, because the juices caramelize, leaving you with a sweet dessert unlike anything else you've tried.
4. Honey Orange BBQ Chicken
The delicious glaze combines citrus and BBQ flavors to give your taste buds a unique spin on traditional BBQ sauces.
5. Barbecue Baked Beans
A barbecue isn't complete without a hefty portion of baked beans. This recipe comes from two-time World Barbecue Champion, Melissa Cookston. It's packed with flavor and offers a rich side to Melissa's winning recipe for baby back ribs.
6. Corn Soup with Grilled Summer Vegetables
This versatile soup is the essence of summer. Dairy-free and nearly fat-free, it showcases the pure, sweet taste of summer corn and can be served hot or at room temperature. Plus you can use any of your favorite grilled vegetables to enhance the flavor.
7. Creamy Artichoke Dip
Any good get together has to have dip. This recipe for artichoke dip is a classic party favorite and makes a large portion that you won’t be running back and forth from the kitchen to restock the dip bowl. To add your own twist on the recipe, add two 10-ounce packages of frozen chopped spinach to the mix. You won’t regret it.
8. Grilled Whole Fish With Lemon and Tarragon
Fish cooks faster than meat and is in many ways more forgiving and demands less precision. Whole fish on the bone stays juicier than filets.
9. Peach-Infused Bourbon Iced Tea
This peachy bourbon-spiked iced tea makes for a perfect summer cocktail. Southern in spirit, Peach-Infused Bourbon Iced Tea is just right as the temperature heats up-- or anytime your taste buds need a refreshing pick-me-up.
10. Grilled Salmon with Avocado Crème & Mango Salsa
With summer grilling season upon us, there’s no reason to limit yourself to burgers, dogs and ribs. This light and delicious salmon is a welcome change to the heavier grill fare and is so versatile you can easily change out the salmon for halibut, mahi mahi , chicken or even tofu.
11. Watermelon and Peppadew Salad
The peppadew is a mildly spicy, pickled, cherry-sized pepper. Why is it a part of your Memorial Day salad? One answer: it tastes fantastic on the grill. You can find these tangy, tart and sweet peppers in the deli section of your local supermarket, probably near the olives. Together with a juicy watermelon and some fresh greens, these peppers make for the perfect healthy addition to your barbecue.
12. Grilled Skirt Steak with Horseradish Sauce
Beer is a great and healthy meat tenderizer and this recipe from Chef Works' consultant Alejandra Schrader calls for a full marinade infusion with garlic, herbs, and spices. Different types of beers will yield a new flavor result.
13. Frozen Berry Skewers
The best part of this dessert is it’s actually healthy. Of course, there’s a chocolate drizzle for the insatiable sweet tooth in all of us, but the rest of the dish is just fruit. This dish works well at a barbecue because the berry skewers look like they just came off the grill. Just don’t forget to remind your guests that the fruit is frozen; they may be in for a surprise.
14. Blueberry Chocolate Chunk Frozen Yogurt
This recipe for blueberry frozen yogurt is both delicious and easy to make. Even better, it pairs really well with your frozen fruit skewers. And for those trying to watch their weight during bikini season, this rich frozen yogurt is bursting with flavor but not calories.