Did you know that 9 out of 10 (92%) Americans look forward to grilling?
Grilling has come a long way since the old days of burgers on the porch. Today, grill masters are experimenting with new ideas and new ways to prepare food on the barbecue. But, sometimes, it can be hard to come up with new ideas.
Are you in need of some outdoor bbq ideas? Read on for creative grilling techniques to try on your next barbecue.
Grilling With a Flavorful Marinade
Grilling is a great way to add flavor and spice to your favorite meats and vegetables. By adding a flavorful marinade to the mix, you can take your grilling to the next level.
Start by creating a marinade that contains an acidic base, like lemon juice or vinegar, and add seasonings of your choice. Marinating your items for at least an hour or overnight will create the most flavor. When grilling, indirect heat is a great way to cook items slowly and evenly. This also gives the marinade time to penetrate the items before they are cooked.
Let Your Grill Do The Cooking With DIY Skewers
Learning to grill with creative skewers is a great way to unleash your inner backyard BBQ. Skewers offer a unique way to get creative with your grilling technique. The combination of different ingredients and flavors can make for some pretty tasty dishes.
Invest in some metal skewers to ensure they don’t char too quickly. You can also purchase a grill here that supports special skewers. Then, try making some jerk chicken with a spicy combination of cayenne pepper, garlic, ginger, and lime juice.
Skewers of vegetables like zucchini and mushrooms are also delicious and can be layered on the skewer for a complex flavor. There are endless combinations when it comes to skewers.
Amp Up Your Burger Game
When it comes to grilling burgers, why not try some new creative techniques to amp up your skills? Pre-soak wood chips with flavored liquids like apple cider or whiskey and throw them on your grill or smoker. Next, you can also try smoking your burgers for an extra smoky flavor.
Season your burgers with your favorite herbs and spices, like a blend of smoked paprika, garlic powder, rosemary, and oregano. When it’s time to grill your burgers, experiment with different types of heat.
Creative grilling methods can turn your standard burger up a notch and you’ll be sure to wow your friends and family.
Exotic Fruit & Veggie Kebabs
Kebab is one of the best grilling recipes to make creative BBQs even more interesting. Start out with your favorite type of kebab skewers (wooden or metal). Then, begin to assemble the fruit and veggie mix, alternating the unique ingredients for flavor and texture variation.
Exotic fruits like real mangos, starfruit, and rambutans make great additions to these kinds of kebabs, as do tropical vegetables like dragon fruit and Asian eggplants. Make sure to cut the fruit and veggies into similarly sized pieces so they will cook evenly.
Try Out These Outdoor BBQ Ideas Now
With grilling season fast approaching, it’s time to start planning your outdoor bbq ideas. Creative grilling techniques like plank grilling and hay smoking are sure to add a unique flavor to your summer BBQ and provide your gathering with an unforgettable dining experience. Get creative and make this summer your best BBQ yet!
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