Just in time for outdoor gatherings, this list of the twenty BEST backyard BBQ recipes will have you grilling and chilling all season long.
Is there any season better than grilling season?! As a busy mom of littles, I love the inherent “mess-free” nature of cooking the entire meal out on the grill. Whether it’s grilled chicken, a juicy burger, veggies or seafood, I am all in for any meal prepared outdoors.
In case you’re anything like me and love grilling season just as much, I’ve put together a compilation of my twenty BEST recipes for your next backyard BBQ.
I’ve got you covered when it comes to a quick summer dinner recipe. For beef lovers or for those who need an easy, portable salad, look no further.
Frequently Asked Questions
How far in advance should I marinate my meat before grilling?
Depending on the cut of meat, you should marinate it for as little as 30 minutes or as long as 8 hours. Typically speaking, the tougher the cut of meat (such as a flank steak), the longer the ideal marinate time. On the other hand, if you’re working with a tender boneless piece of chicken, you don’t need more than 30 minutes or so.
Should I use direct or indirect heat for grilling?
We recommend direct heat (which is when the food is directly on top of the fire) for relatively small pieces of food that are more tender. This would include anything that cooks in 20 minutes or less.
If you are grilling a tougher cut of meat that requires more than 20 minutes, we suggest indirect heat which is when the fire is on either side of the food but not directly under it.
What temperature should I pre-heat my grill to before cooking?
It’s best to pre-heat your grill for 10-15 minutes before you plan to cook your food, or until it reaches a temperature of 500F degrees.
Without further ado, here are my twenty most popular recipes for you to enjoy at your next backyard BBQ or summer cookout!
Slow Cooked BBQ Pulled Chicken
5 stars average
This sweet and tangy Slow Cooked BBQ Pulled Chicken is coated with flavorful seasonings and slowly cooked in light beer until it's juicy and fall-apart tender. It's incredibly versatile and perfect for an easy weeknight dinner option!
Greek-style turkey burgers are grilled to perfection and topped with a creamy garlic and dill tzatziki sauce. Protein packed and exploding with flavor, these Greek burgers are a healthy addition to any BBQ.
Liz Della Croce is the creator and author of The Lemon Bowl, a healthy food blog. Since 2010, Liz has been sharing delicious recipes that just so happen to be healthy. By using real ingredients with an emphasis on seasonality, Liz has built a growing audience of loyal readers who crave good food for their families.
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