Perhaps the tastiest time of the year is upon us — grilling season! Time to rev up that beautiful grill of yours, gather round the backyard, and serve some delicious food.
The grill marks, the smokey flavor, the aroma that makes your whole family hungry — Our mouths are watering just thinking about it.
Ready to mix things up this summer?
Three BBQ Marinade Combos to Make You Salivate
1. Fajita & Chicken
Make sure your grill is set to 350°F and remember that chicken should always be at least 165 °F inside. Chicken cooks anywhere in between 6 to 8 minutes and can take up to 30 minutes to grill the whole chicken.
We know a great fajita marinade will liven up the party. This marinade is oh so tasty.
Recipe adapted from Once Upon a Chef.
- 1-1/2 to 1-3/4 pounds chicken tenderloins or boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon lime zest, from 2 limes
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 3/4 teaspoon oregano
- 3/4 teaspoon ancho chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 8-12 small soft flour tortillas
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 large red onion, sliced 1/4″ thick
- 2 bell peppers, sliced 1/4″ thick
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar
2. Honey Balsamic & Vegetables
Cut up your veggies big enough to not fall through the grill grates, and heat your grill to 350-400°F. This mild marinade brings out the natural taste of the vegetables and gives a kiss of sweet and tangy.
Recipe adapted from Garlic and Zest.
- 1 medium zucchini cut into 1/2″ half moons
- 1 medium yellow squash cut into 1/2″ half moons
- 1 sweet bell pepper cut into 1/2″ pieces
- 2 cups assorted cherry tomatoes
- 1 cup fresh mozzarella packed in water cut into 1/2″ chunks
- 1/4 cup basil thinly sliced into chiffonade
- 1 large clove garlic minced
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- grind black pepper
3. Fish & Curry
Get creative with a mild curry marinade that will make your tastebuds sing!
Preheat the grill 400 – 450°F and cook on top of a bed of lemons to help avoid sticking.
Recipe adapted from Chatelaine.
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 2 tbsp curry powder
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 garlic clove
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp dark sesame oil
- 1 tsp finely grated fresh ginger
- 4 firm fish fillets , such as catfish or haddock
- 2-Jan English cucumber
- 1 cup plain yogurt
- pinches salt
And while you’re out enjoying the warm weather…
Give your fireplace some TLC. If you have a wood-burning fireplace, schedule a sweep and inspection. If you have gas appliances, schedule a cleaning and testing.
Annual maintenance on wood-burning appliances in the off-season saves money — and potentially lives! Keep your home safe and make sure your fireplace or stove is ready for fall.