Monday, July 4, 2011

Not Just Burgers and Dogs

Tip #3:
Beer cracked, grill lit, and your livelihood on the line.... Magazines and TV commercials everywhere are pitting you against a carefully airbrushed, gym aficionado with perfectly straight, white teeth. His burgers and hot dogs (cooked in the back room by a Bobby Flay wannabe and glistening from Adobe Photoshop) are no match for your backyard, pre-made Costco burgers. They might be good for your boys but try something different next time you're hosting a party or grilling for a date.

Here are some ideas:
  • Grilled Chicken Thighs - The dark meat makes it a lot harder to overcook and is pretty tender
  • Grilled Veggie Slices - Green & red peppers, eggplant, zucchini, and tomatoes lightly coated in olive oil, salt, and pepper
  • Skewered Cajun Shrimp Kabobs - Clean and deveined, coated with your favorite cajun seasoning
  • Grilled Baby Back Pork Ribs - Pre-boiled ahead of time, thrown on the grill to be reheated and caramelize the fresh coat of BBQ sauce


  1. My favorite thing to grill is cippolini onions! They're a little labor-intensive (you have to peel them, and they're small), but toss them in a little olive oil, salt, and pepper and grill the crap out of them, and they're all melty and sweet and delicious.

  2. That sounds awesome! Grilling vegetables is so easy. Salt, pepper, and olive oil. As long as they don't catch fire and turn into a charred mess, its perfect.


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