While the late fall still treats you with fine weather, make sure you make the most out of it! It will include long morning walks in a foggy forest (the nearest park can be a perfect place!) on your own as well as quality time with your closest ones. And what is the best occasion for the entire family to gather up if not a barbecue in the backyard?
If you still have not decided whether to buy blaze grills or not, it is the best time to reopen this question. Hopefully, these grilling recipes will help you find the right answer:
Grilling vegetables is an excellent idea because it doesn’t take so long. You could have them as a snack or a side dish while preparing and waiting for the main course. It is also a great opportunity to eat seasonal vegetables. Sweet potatoes are a must. Also, eggplants, zucchinis, mushrooms, cauliflower taste amazing when grilled. Cut them into circles to make it easier to check their readiness later and make a simple marinade.
Here is what you need:
- 4 tbsp of olive oil;
- 3-5 (or more if you like) cloves of garlic, minced;
- 2 tsp of smoked paprika powder (may be replaced with cumin for more intensive and unusual taste);
- 1 tsp of dried thyme;
- salt and pepper;
- sliced veggies.
You can add spices to your taste. Put vegetables to a preheated grill and cook them for 2-3 minutes on each side. Keep an eye on them because your chosen vegetables might have different cooking times. You can mix the rest of the marinade with juice and zest from one lime and sliced jalapeños and drizzle it on top of the cooked veggies once they are ready.
Grilled BBQ Pork Chops
There is no barbeque without soft and juicy pork chops. The best thing is that there is a wide range of recipes for this one, so let’s try making it as healthy as possible.
For the marinade, you will need:
- 4 tbsp of olive oil;
- juice and zest of 1 lemon;
- 3-5 garlic cloves, minced;
- 1 tbsp of dijon mustard and honey each;
- 2 tsp of dried Italian herb seasoning;
- salt and pepper according to your taste.
Use half of the mixture to marinate pork chops for 30 minutes before grilling it. When the time comes, get your grill to medium heat and oil the grates. Put your pork chops on the grill and cook them for 15-20 minutes under the closed lid. Turn them over every few minutes and add some left marinade on top. After it is fully cooked, let it sit for 5 minutes.
Spicy Garlic Tofu
It is a well-known fact that those who do not like tofu just did not have an opportunity to try a perfectly marinated one. It also can be a vegan alternative for grilled chicken or other cheeses like halloumi.
For marinated tofu (450g), you will need:
- 2 tbsp of maple syrup and olive oil each;
- 1 tbsp of red pepper paste (or hot sauce of your choice like Sriracha), soy sauce, and rice vinegar each;
- Five garlic cloves, minced;
- One shallot (can be substituted with white or red onion), diced.
You can also add some thinly sliced chili peppers to make it hotter, but let’s make it optional. The maple syrup in pairs with hot sauce will make the dish sweet and spicy, and there is no better option invented. To avoid making a mess on a grill, you can use the marinade recipe as a sauce on top of grilled tofu.
The critical moment in preparing tofu is to squeeze all the excess liquid out of it. It will allow you to cook it faster and make it crispier. The next step is to put tofu cubes on a high heat grill and wait until it gets golden. Try not to disturb it much while grilling to avoid its crumbling. It will take about 10 minutes to cook it, and you want to give it a flip every couple of minutes so it could be grilled evenly on both sides.
To Sum Up
Making a barbecue in the backyard every autumn can be a great tradition. It does not require as much as you think. The right grill already does half of the job.
Get some of your favorite ingredients that are easy to cook and consider creating your own recipe! It can be kale chips or grilled cheese, or bacon or whatever comes to your mind! If you have the right grill, you will have plenty of options. Bon Appetit!