Grilling Hacks for All Your Summer Cookouts

Summer cookouts are the perfect time for reconnecting with friends and family, as well as nature. As the weather warms up, why not take your culinary skills to the next level too? The casual vibe of cookouts means more flexible table manners, hand-held foods, and, of course, a relaxing dining experience. Not to mention the cleaning process is made easy when dining outside! With a fresh tablecloth and some disposable plates and utensils, hosts won’t have to worry about dirty dishes or cleaning the house afterward. Without having to worry about continuous cleaning throughout your gathering, hosting larger crowds is so much easier. Regular meals and gatherings just feel more special when they’re taken outdoors, so here are a few easy grilling hacks to take your cookout to the next level.

Simple Grilling Hacks

It’s finally time for grilling and BBQ! Before you plan your next summer cookout, consider some of these fired-up grill tips and tricks.

  • Cleaning the Grill with a Cut Onion – the acidity of an onion is able to cut right through any residual grease and grime left on the grill from previous seasons. Just heat your grill on high, then rub the cut side of an onion over the grates.
  • Checking the Propane Tank with Hot Water – determining how much gas is left in a propane tank can be difficult, but by pouring warm water on the tank, you are able to tell much easier. Where the tank is empty it will feel warm, while where it is full it will feel cool. The more you know!
  • Soak Your Skewers – to keep your wooden skewers from getting scorched on the grill, try submerging them in water for an hour or two before using them.
  • Reusable Squeezable Bottles – having a few reusable bottles on hand when grilling can be crucial. Filling them up with condiments, marinades, or glazes can add a zing of flavor to your food and get everyone involved in the grilling fun!
  • Squeezable Food Products – products like Spice World Squeezable Minced Garlic or Spice World Squeezable Easy Onion are easily portable and make adding flavor to your food while grilling quicker, more efficient, and all-around easier. Forget the chopping and the tears!

Advantages of Cooking on the Grill

Did you know grilling food comes with a ton of advantages? Mostly targeted at health benefits, grilling food doesn’t involve excess fat, and as the meats are cooked, the fat will drip through the grates, leaving the meat healthier than other methods. Also, grilling vegetables allows for more minerals and vitamins to be preserved compared to cooking them on the stove or in an oven. Maybe the best part of grilling is how it encourages bonding and connecting with the natural world and those around you. Here are a few of our favorite grilling recipes:

Chimichurri Poblano Turkey Burger

If you’re looking for an alternative to a burger, then this Chimichurri Poblano Turkey Burger is right up your alley! This turkey burger recipe is easily adaptable and full of flavor, making it a summer grilling staple. Using Spice World Ready-to-Use Chopped Easy Onion can even elevate this meal to the next level. To learn how to cook up this crowd-pleaser, check out this recipe.

To make the turkey patties, you’ll need:

  • 3 lbs of ground turkey
  • 2-3 jalapenos, finely minced (optional)
  • ¼ cup of scallions
  • ½ cup of cilantro
  • Lime zest
  • 2 cloves of Spice World Squeezable Minced Garlic
  • Olive oil
  • Salt, to taste
  • 2 teaspoons coriander
  • Pepper, to taste

All of the ingredients include:

Directions for the Chimichurri Poblano Turkey Burger:

  • To begin, place all of the turkey patty ingredients in a bowl and mix thoroughly. Slightly wet your hands to create patties that are 1-inch thick.
  • Next, heat your grill. Cook each side of the patty for 4-5 minutes on each side or until they get a golden crust. 
  • While the patties are cooking, place the poblanos on the grill. Char each pepper on each side. Once they have charred, peel the pepper under running water, destemming and deseeding them at the same time. 
  • Finally, assemble your turkey burger with your favorite toppings.

Chili Onion Crunch Chicken Kabobs

If you’re searching for a simple recipe that will wow your guests, look no further. Our Spice World Kickin’ Chili Onion Crunch seasoning blend adds a savory, bold, and crunchy taste to all dishes—especially when it comes to kicking things up on the grill!

To make these Chili Onion Crunch Chicken Kabobs, you’ll need:

Directions for the Chili Onion Crunch Chicken Kabobs:

  • To begin, combine honey, soy sauce, Spice World Kickin’ Chili Onion Crunch, salt, Spice World Squeezable Minced Garlic, and ground cayenne pepper into a bowl. Cube the chicken breast and allow them to rest in the marinade for at least 2 hours. 
  • While the chicken is marinating, prepare the onions and bell peppers by cubing them. 
  • Assemble the kabobs on skewers, alternating between the chicken, onion, and bell peppers. 
  • Heat the grill and drizzle olive oil over the heated surface. 
  • Cook the kabobs for 5-7 minutes on each side, allowing for the chicken to get grill marks.

Sweet Garlic and Onion Ribs

This Sweet Garlic and Onion Ribs recipe makes a tender, juicy, and delicious meal for all BBQ lovers to enjoy. With very simple prep, this recipe comes together in about 1 ½ hours. But if you want to save even more time and money, use Spice World Squeezable Minced Garlic and Spice World Squeezable Easy Onion to add unparalleled flavor and save on prep time. You won’t be disappointed when you try these smoky ribs!

To make Sweet Garlic and Onion Ribs, you’ll need:

Directions for the Sweet Garlic and Onion Ribs:

  • To begin, prepare the grill with hickory chips and set the grill to 300 degrees.
  • Dry the ribs with a paper towel and set them on a baking sheet.
  • Generously coat each side of the ribs with olive oil. 
  • In a bowl, combine brown sugar, Spice World Squeezable Minced Garlic, Spice World Squeezable Easy Onion, thyme, paprika, salt, pepper, and dry mustard.
  • Generously apply the rub on each side of the ribs. 
  • Place the ribs over indirect fire and then allow them to cook for 1 hour and 30 minutes with the grill lid closed.
  • When the internal temperature reaches 195 or 200 degrees, the ribs are ready to rest prior to serving. 

Grilled Ginger Garlic Marinated Salmon

Marinating meats is one of the best ways to grill an outdoor 5-star meal without too much preparation or clean-up. This Grilled Ginger Garlic Marinated Salmon will leave your mouth watering due to the umami and savory flavors that will be left in your mouth. Consider using Spice World Squeezable Minced Ginger and Spice World Squeezable Minced Garlic in the marinade to cut down on preparation time. As you read through the recipe, determine if additional flavors like pineapple juice or orange juice would peak your interest!

To make the Grilled Ginger Garlic Marinated Salmon, you’ll need:

Directions for the Grilled Ginger Garlic Marinated Salmon:

  • Add the salmon filets to a large ziplock bag. In a small bowl, combine soy sauce, water, sesame oil, brown sugar, jalapeno, Spice World Squeezable Minced Ginger, and Spice World Squeezable Minced Garlic
  • Whisk to combine and then pour over the salmon. Seal the bag and refrigerate for 45 minutes.
  • Preheat the grill to medium-high and allow the salmon to cook for 7-8 minutes on each side.

Grilled Summer Flatbread

Personal pizzas are a fun meal to get the whole family to be a part of, especially when there’s grilling involved! Here’s a quick and easy flatbread dough to make, as well as a few different topping ideas. Of course, we recommend elevating it with some Spice World Squeezable Minced Garlic or Spice World Viva! Italian Herb & Garlic Seasoning to bring out fresh, new flavors everyone will enjoy. Spark up the grill and invite your friends and family over to get inventive with this Grilled Summer Flatbread!

To make the Grilled Summer Flatbread, you’ll need:

Directions for the Grilled Summer Flatbread:

  • To begin, mix warm water and honey in a stand mixer. Add the yeast on top and set aside for 10-15 minutes, or until foamy.
  • Add two cups of flour and gently mix until thoroughly incorporated. Cover with a rag or plastic wrap and set aside in a warm area for an hour.
  • Add salt, olive oil, and the remaining two cups of flour and mix with a dough hook or knead for 5-7 minutes. Set the dough aside for another hour in a warm area.
  • Divide the dough into 4 balls and set them aside on a lightly floured surface, covered for 30 minutes.
  • When ready to cook, preheat the grill and roll the dough balls into thin oval disks. Oil both sides of the dough disks and allow them to cook for 2-3 minutes on each side.
  • Add your toppings of choice and close the grill lid to cook the flatbread for 2-3 more minutes.
  • Consider adding arugula, mozzarella cheese, balsamic vinaigrette, olive oil, Spice World Squeezable Minced Garlic, cherry tomatoes, parmesan cheese, and red pepper flakes.
  • Or consider adding Spice World Viva! Italian Herb & Garlic Seasoning, mozzarella cheese, and olive oil.

Whether you’re cooking for yourself, friends, or family, these recipes are sure to please everyone’s taste buds. But, if you’re looking for more splendidly delicious recipes, visit Spice World’s site!

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