Summer Barbecue Recipe Tips
We’re amidst summer, and though it hasn’t officially started, you can feel the heat slowly setting in. What is summer anyways? Sure there’s an official start and end date. But for many in the country, summer just means barbecue season.
The charcoal is burning and the aroma of sweet sauces is permeating the air. It all means Americans around the country will be standing behind barbecues and entertaining guests in their backyards.
What makes a great barbecue?
Mouthwatering meals and drinks are critical. The options are endless, and that means that you have to decide which grilled foods, savory drinks and cocktails you are going to serve your guests.
Whether you’re looking for some simple drink recipes, or easy-to-make BBQ grilling recipes, we have a few appetizing options that will dazzle your hungry guests.
Try these recipe ideas and you’ll be sure to make your backyard the go-to summer spot for all your friends.
California Grilled Chicken
California Grilled Chicken is a quick and simple recipe that can be made in big quantities to keep your guests satisfied.
-3/4 c. balsamic vinegar
-1 tsp. garlic powder
-2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
-2 tsp. Italian seasoning
-Freshly ground black pepper
-4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
-4 slices avocado
-4 slices tomato
-4 slices mozzarella
-2 tbsp. freshly sliced basil, for garnish
- Balsamic glaze, for drizzling
In a small bowl, whisk together balsamic vinegar, garlic powder, honey, oil, and Italian seasoning and season with salt and pepper. Pour over chicken and marinate 20 minutes. Once you are ready to grill, heat grill to medium-high flame. Oil grates and grill chicken until charred and cooked through, 8 minutes per side. Top chicken with mozzarella, avocado, and tomato and cover grill to melt, 2 minutes. Garnish with basil and drizzle with balsamic glaze.
[Recipe Source: Delish.com]
The perfect accoutrement to any grilled dish, Guacamole is the authentic favorite mix of avocados and tomatoes. A burst of flavors perfectly mixed to create the most festive pairing to any grilled meal. Not only is it used with chips, but also can be paired with your favorite grilled steak or chicken recipes.
-8 ripe medium avocados *see pro tip above
-1-2 limes *juiced
-1 jalapeno *roasted and diced
- ½ medium red onion *diced
-2-3 medium cloves of garlic * minced or crushed
-2 Roma tomatoes *diced
- 2 small or 1 large bunch cilantro * chopped
- Salt and pepper for taste
[via the Fedupfoodie.com]
Strawberry Crush -95 Calories
Stick to the basics and get some juicy strawberries, muddle those beauties and add some basil leaves for aromatic flare. Your guests will be wooing you the whole cookout. The calorie count is so low on this concoction that it can be made for a huge group. Enjoy!
-3 strawberries muddled
-2 basil leaves muddled
-1.5 oz. Blue Ice vodka
Frozen Fit-Friendly Vodka Lemonade Pops
Make some fit-friendly vodka lemonade pops to liven up the pool party, BBQ or cookout. A simple, low-calorie rendition to the regular lemon pops.
-2 cups low sugar lemonade
½ cup Blue Ice Potato Vodka
Method: Add both the lemonade and vodka to a pitcher and stir until mixed well. Pour the mixture into each Popsicle pouch and seal. Freeze the popsicles overnight.