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10 Easy BBQ Recipes For Great Cookouts

Summertime cookouts are a must-do activity! These recipes will make your next cookout one to remember. From burgers and hot dogs to ribs and chicken, we've got you covered. So, fire up the grill and get cooking!

I love to BBQ with my family and friends. Some of my favorite people to BBQ with are my cousins, aunts, and uncles. We always have a great time cooking out and eating together. We share stories and laughs while we cook, and it's always a fun time. I also enjoy reading BBQuing tips and tricks; I've learned a lot from that.

We usually grill out during the summertime when the weather is nice. We eat, drink, and talk together while we cook, and it's a great way to relax and spend time with friends. I'm sure I'll be grilling out with them again this year!

10 Easy BBQ Recipes For Great Cookouts

1. Grilled Chicken Breasts:

Season chicken breasts with your favorite spices and grill over medium heat for about 10 minutes, or until cooked through.

2. Grilled Ribs: 

Season ribs with a BBQ rub or sauce of your choice and grill over low heat for about 30 minutes, or until cooked through.

easy bbq recipes: steak

3. Grilled Hamburgers:

Season ground beef with salt, pepper, and other spices of your choice. Form into patties and grill over medium heat for about 10 minutes, or until cooked to your liking.

4. Grilled Hot Dogs:

Place hot dogs on the grill over low heat and cook for about 10 minutes, or until heated through.

5. Grilled Vegetables:

Coat vegetables with olive oil and grill over medium heat for about 10 minutes, or until cooked to your liking.

6. Grilled Fruit:

Coat fruit with sugar and grill over low heat for about 10 minutes, or until heated through.

7. Grilled Chicken Salad:

Season chicken breasts with your favorite spices and grill over medium heat for about 10 minutes, or until cooked through. Remove from grill and chop into cubes. Add to a salad of your choice.

easy bbq recipes: chicken salad

8. Grilled Ribeye Steak:

Rub your ribeye steak with olive oil and grill over medium-high heat for about 10 minutes, or until cooked to your liking.

9. Grilled Shrimp:

Season shrimp with your favorite spices and grill over medium heat for about 5 minutes, or until cooked through.

10. Grilled S’mores:

Place graham crackers, chocolate, and marshmallows on the grill over low heat and cook for about 10 minutes, or until marshmallows are melted and chocolate is gooey. Enjoy!


What's Your Favorite Easy BBQ Recipe? 

My favorite easy BBQ recipe is this sweet and sticky pork tenderloin. You just need 8 simple ingredients, and it's so delicious!

easy bbq recipes: pork loin

Ingredients:

  • 1 pork tenderloin (about 1-1.5 lbs)
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder

What's The Best Dish You've Ever Made On A Grill?

If we're talking about the best-grilled dish I've ever made, it would have to be this amazing steak recipe that I stumbled upon a few years ago. It's super simple, but the flavor is out of this world. And grilled steak is one of those things that just always seems to impress people.

Here's What You'll Need:

  • 1 1/2 pounds flank steak
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 sprigs of fresh thyme, leaves stripped

What's Your Go-To BBQ Meal When You're Hosting A Cookout? 

There's nothing I love more than an endings cookout feast! My go-to BBQ meal always consists of big, juicy hamburgers (veggies for my veggie friends!), succulent hot dogs, savory baked beans, crispy French fries, and cold, refreshing drinks. 

And of course, no cookout would be complete without a scrumptious dessert! For me, that means a towering slice of strawberry cheesecake or a piping hot apple pie. 

Yum! If you're looking to impress your guests with an amazing BBQ spread, then look no further this menu has everything you need for an unforgettable cookout!


Do You Have Any Tips For Keeping Burgers And Hot Dogs From Sticking To The Grill Grate? 

There are a few things you can do to keep burgers and hot dogs from sticking to the grill. 

  • First, make sure your grill is clean and free of any debris or sticky residue. 
  • Second, preheat the grill before cooking your burgers or hot dogs. 
  • And third, use a good quality cooking spray or oil to lubricate the grilling surface. 

Also, make sure to flip your burgers and hot dogs frequently so they cook evenly on both sides.


Are There Any Foods That You Avoid Cooking On The Grill?

There are a few foods that I avoid cooking on the grill. One of those is tuna. Tuna has a high-fat content and that can cause it to flare up on the grill. Another food I avoid grilled is chicken skin. Chicken skin can also cause flare-ups on the grill because of its high-fat content. Lastly, I avoid grilling any food that has a lot of sugar in it like pineapple or my personal favorite, marshmallows!


Are There Any Foods That You Absolutely Love To Eat At Cookouts?

Oh absolutely! There are a few things I love more than a good cookout. Hamburgers and hot dogs are always a classic, but there are so many other great options depending on what you're in the mood for. If you're looking for something lighter, a nice CRISPY salad goes great with grilled chicken or fish. 

I also love getting creative with side dishes updating traditional macaroni salad with some chopped-up avocado or whipping up a big batch of guacamole to share. And don't even get me started on s'mores toasting marshmallows over an open fire is one of my all-time favorite summertime activities.


What Do You Think Is The Key To Having A Successful BBQ?

Well, there are a few things you'll need to make sure of if you want to have a successful BBQ. First, you'll need good weather. If it's raining or really windy, your BBQ isn't going to be as fun. Secondly, you'll need good food. 

Make sure you have plenty of burgers and hot dogs, as well as some side dishes like sweet potato salad or coleslaw. And thirdly, you'll need good company. Invite your friends over and make sure everyone is having a good time. With these three things in mind, you should be able to have a successful BBQ! 

Chef Matty
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