Our Best Recipes For Deep Summer Grilling

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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.

Grilled Oysters with Roast Garlic Butter and Romano
If you've only ever eaten oysters raw, this recipe will be a revelation. And if you've never warmed up to oysters, give this recipe a try. Oysters Grilled with Roasted Garlic Butter and Romano are easy to make, drenched with rich flavors, and utterly delicious. read more
mussels in the shell
This classic mussels (Moules Mariniere) recipe from France is so easy. And it's finger food. After simmering in a flavor rich white wine, cream, and tomato sauce, the mussels are served, shells and all, into big shallow bowls with plenty of the liquor laden broth and serve with crusty bread or grilled bread. read more
Mojito Recipe
This recipe for the classic rum drink, mojitos, is the perfect refreshing cocktail for your warm weather cookouts. A variation on the African word mojo, or little spell, the mojito relies on a few simple, yet perfectly entwined, ingredients including sugar, lime, mint, and rum. read more
tomato salad
Caprese salad is the world's best use of tomatoes and possibly the world's best salad but should only be made with the best and freshest components because there is no place to hide subpar ingredients. This classic summer dish from the Island of Capri off the west coast of Italy is the essence of August on a plate. read more
Pesto Potatoes
It's time to rethink serving ordinary potato salad as a side dish at your next BBQ and grilling cookout thanks to this delicious recipe for pesto potatoes. Pesto is a savory pasty green sauce that traditionally includes basil leaves, olive oil, plenty of garlic, pine nuts or walnuts, and parmesan cheese. read more
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Perfect for a warm weather cookout, this flavorful Gazpacho recipe is a modern twist of this classic Spanish cold raw vegetable soup. Sometimes called liquid salad, this well rounded Gazpacho recipe features tomatoes, cucumber, garlic, jalapenos, croutons, yogurt, scallions, honey, and more for farm fresh flavor. read more
Griddle Grilled Crab Cake Recipe
Jumbo lump crab meat shines brightly in this recipe for griddle grilled crab cakes with rosemary aioli. Exceptional crab cakes begin with high quality crab, gently blended with a minimum amount of other ingredients so that the crab remains the star of the show, then finished on the grill. read more
grilled corn
You will never look at corn the same way again after trying this recipe for the ultimate grill roasted corn on the cob recipe. While boiling and steaming are popular methods of cooking corn, the smokiness and caramelization achieved by grilling it directly over live fire. Butter and tarragon help round out the flavor. read more
Sever's corn casserole in cast iron pan
Highlight the flavor of sweet summer corn, fresh tomatoes, and herbs in this simple vegetable casserole recipe. It makes a fantastic side dish for any barbecue. read more
Griddle Grilled Corn Cakes
This griddle grilled corn cakes recipe is the perfect side dish for any backyard cookout. The recipe begins with fire roasting fresh ears of corn. The kernels are then removed and added to a light and airy batter that is grilled on a griddle until fluffy and golden brown. You can even customize your corn cakes! read more
shrimp po boy
Savory New Orleans BBQ shrimp and spicy Andouille sausage are the stars of the show in this recipe for a grilled po boy. Served on crusty French style bread and packed full of meat and/or seafood, the po' boy sandwich is a New Orleans staple and our Barbecue Shrimp & Andouille Po-Boy twist is surely an instant classic. read more
Pico de Gallo Recipe
Fresh tomatoes, scallions, jalapeno, and cilantro are the cornerstones of our addictively delicious recipe for homemade pico de gallo. Add a touch of brightness to tacos, quesadillas, and other Mexican dishes; a bold bite to scrambled eggs and omelets; a vibrant twist to salsa and chips; and so much more. read more
Grilled Peach Crumble
This delicious and easy grilled peach crumble recipe is the perfect summer dessert for any backyard BBQ. Fresh seasonal peaches are halved, then grilled cut side down until lightly charred. Top the peaches with a simple crumble mixture then smoke over indirect heat until golden brown. read more
peaches and ice cream
Peaches and cream, a classic summer treat and a combo as natural as peanut butter and jelly, are taken to new levels with a touch of grilling char and smoke. Peaches are halved and grilled until soft and smoky before being chopped and served with ice cream and a drizzle of mouthwatering rum, maple, and vanilla sauce. read more
Grilled Watermelon
Grilling watermelon transforms an otherwise sweet summer treat into a savory side dish or dessert. Grilled watermelon tastes great plain but this recipe rounds out the flavor profile with fiery hot honey, citrusy lemon zest sea salt, and bright fresh mint. read more

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AmazingRibs.com Editor David Joachim has authored, edited, or collaborated on more than 45 cookbooks including four on barbecue and grilling, making him a perfect match for a website dedicated to the “Science of Barbecue and Grilling.” His Food Science column has appeared in "Fine Cooking" magazine since 2011. 

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