Backyard BBQ Ideas for Summer

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Enjoy the relaxing days of summer by cooking out of doors. Check out this round-up of great grilling recipes.

Summertime has arrived. OK, not officially. I realize that June 21 is technically the longest day of the year. But, for all intents and purposes, schools are releasing for the summer in the next few weeks, if they haven’t already. Vacation means summer in my book. Am I right?

And summer means that it’s time to fire up the barby.

Cooking outdoors is not only less messy and hot for the cook in the kitchen, but it also imparts a delicious smoky flavor to foods. It just screams of nature, the great outdoors, and more relaxed living. At my house, it also means I can delegate the cooking to my husband. I’m all over that!

Whether you’re cooking for a crowd or just your family, work a few “BBQ” or grilled meals into your summer repertoire. Here are some favorite recipes of ours for you to try at your next backyard BBQ or cookout.

spicy grilled chicken dinner

Spicy Chicken Rub


Tri-tip Sandwiches

organize pantry challenge cheeseburger

Cilantro-Chipotle Cheeseburgers

peach salsa pork tenderloin

Spice-Rubbed Grilled Pork Tenderloin

Fish Dinner

Warm and Spicy Fish Rub

grilled pizza

Grilled Pizza

What’s YOUR favorite thing to throw on the grill?

And while we’re at it, do you say BBQ, grilling, or cooking out? Curious minds wanna know.

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  1. Oh my, all that food looks so delicious! My most requested grill recipe is my chicken wings. No matter how many I cook, they are always gobbled up! I love grilled salmon. In my family, I do the grilling, but I love not having a bunch of pans to clean. I love the variety of color on your dishes!

  2. It’s “grilled” when items are cooked on that appliance. It’s only “BBQ” if saucing is involved. 🙂 I’ve heard people say “cooking out”, but I’ve never in my life used that reference. I was in my 20’s before I first heard it used, and it perplexed me for a while until I figured out what they meant. Someone used that once when they were using an outdoor appliance to boil water to cook seafood. I was greatly confused then, too!

    I haven’t used my grill in a couple of months. I need to get it cleaned off and fired up. These pictures are making me hungry.

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