Yes, the star of any barbecue is the foods. From burgers to hot dogs to ribs to grilled chicken and fish, charred dishes are irresistible and taste better outdoors than inside. (Or so we believe.) Just in time for grilling season, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite barbecue recipes to make your menu planning easy.
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OK, so ribs are the ultimate barbecue food, right? Wrong! The secret to ultra-tender baby back ribs is an unexpected one: You need to cook them in the oven before giving them a final char on the grill. It’s all about going low and slow, baby.
There’s an art to grilling chicken perfectly. After you’ve mastered the skill, dress your chicken breasts in this tangy, simple sauce for a satisfying and healthy dinner.
Even after you’ve cooked your main dishes and sides, don’t turn your grill off quite yet! Fruit grills beautifully and is the perfect finish to any fresh, hot-weather meal.
This delicately seasoned grilled salmon is a light, fresh option for your summertime menus. Cumin and paprika on the fish add just the right spicy touch to balance the cilantro lime dressing and creamy avocados.
If you’re at a loss on how to marinate your seafood this barbecue season, this Japanese-inspired miso butter may just be the thing you’re looking for.
Wrapping your potatoes in foil and throwing them on the grill gives them an even cook and a beautiful charred flavor. This dish is a take on the classic scalloped potatoes, with a wonderful summertime twist.
Perfectly charred mushrooms, bell peppers, zucchini, and red onions are dressed in an herbaceous green goddess dressing. This creates a light, flavorful, and colorful kebab that’s perfect as a side or main dish.
From the name, it may seem like this is a vegetarian burger — but that is not the case! Cremini mushrooms are cooked and added into the ground beef, making this burger a total umami bomb.
A hot dog is pretty much the easiest thing there is to grill, so packing a ton of flavor into this staple summertime food is all about the toppings. This stacked sausage is wrapped in bacon and topped with onions, mustard, refried beans, and salsa. It’s the ultimate indulgent dog.
You won’t even miss the meat in this vegan-friendly burger, thanks to a hearty, earthy portobello mushroom. Grilled peaches add a juicy sweetness, and fresh guacamole adds a smooth, creamy element.