"If summer had one defining scent, it'd definitely be the smell of barbecue."Katie Lee
It's too hot to cook inside
During the dog days of summer, no one wants to heat up the kitchen. Most folks want to be outside and enjoy the sunshine. It's the ideal time to cook a meal outdoors. Plus, there are so many summer foods that take exceptionally well to the grill. Sweet corn on the cob, zucchini, tomatoes, shrimp, crab, lobster, clams, oysters, fish fillets…even watermelon and peaches all taste fantastic with a kiss of smoke. Not to mention s'mores.
When it's too hot to cook inside, check out our best recipes for summer grilling below. You can make these dishes over a campfire, on a gas grill, or over charcoal. Don't forget a cold beverage (maybe grilled lemonade?). Sipping an icy drink while cooking a meal outdoors is one of summer's greatest pleasures.