There are just a few weeks left to fire up the grill in your backyard. Set aside the hot dogs: We have 10 recipes that are even better. Plus, we’re giving you tips on how to grill them perfectly.
There are several outdoor grilling methods to choose from: direct-heat grilling, indirect grilling, smoking, and rotisserie grilling. For direct-heat grilling, which is best for steak, hamburgers, pork chops, and kabobs, foods are placed right over the heat. When grilling turkey, lamb, or roasts, it is better to use indirect heat: just keep the lid closed and place the meat next to the heat, rather than on top of it. A similar effect can also be achieved by placing food over a very low flame.
Peppers, corn, fruit, pizza, sweet potatoes, and steak all taste amazing when grilled. Grilling fruit brings out its natural sugars and creates beautiful grill marks, giving it a sweet and smoky flavor. Corn on the cob is always delicious, but simply boiling it doesn’t do it justice. Corn is meant to be grilled with the husks on. They act as a barrier and keep the corn from drying out — you are essentially steaming it. You still get the smoky flavor that you crave, along with delicious juicy kernels.
Want to find out what other foods taste great on the grill and how to grill them? We have rounded up the top 10 for you in our slideshow.
Cheese-Stuffed Grilled Peppers
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Peppers are one of those foods that you don’t always know what to do with. They are perfectly fine in a salad or fajitas, but sometimes you just want a little more. Putting them on the grill takes peppers to the next level — especially when you stuff them with cheese. Place peppers on the grill with olive oil coated on the outside and place skins on the grill until they blister and soften — about five minutes. As the peppers char, the cheese mixture tucked inside turns warm and gooey. For the Cheese-Stuffed Grilled Peppers recipe, click here.
Grilled Corn Recipe
Grilled corn is one of the best things about summer. Fresh, juicy, and slightly charred is exactly how I want my corn — and grilling it is the perfect way to achieve these qualities. Start with peak-quality corn on the cob, which you’ll find mostly in the summer months. This is a basic recipe with butter and seasoning, but grilled corn is also great with Parmigiano-Reggiano and chopped herbs. Placing the corn on the grill with the husks on keeps the corn juicy while also maintaining a smoky flavor. For the Grilled Corn recipe, click here.