Good weather can only mean one thing, barbecue season! When the sun is shining, it’s the perfect time to pull out the grill and get creative with your barbecuing skills. But don’t forget that barbecues aren’t just for hamburgers and hot dogs—they can be whatever you want them to be. So, give your imagination free rein and try out some of these ideas.
When it comes to mouthwatering starters, you can’t beat grilled Brie cheese. Simply make a cut in the cheese and stuff it with Extra Virgin Olive Oil, slices of Sun Dried Tomatoes and spices to taste. Keep the cheese in its box, place it on the grill and turn it regularly to keep it from burning. Serve with some nuts on the side and thin slices of toasted bread.
Experiment with sauces. There’s life beyond barbecue sauce and mayonnaise. Try chimichurri, honey & mustard or a balsamic glaze. Simply baste some apple, raspberry, and Balsamic Vinegar of Modena Gold Edition onto your chops to give them an unbeatable flavor.
If you don’t have enough time (or space) to grill some vegetables, serve them raw on a platter with a side of hummus or your favorite dipping sauce. They’re healthy, look beautifully colorful and you can save a few calories…for dessert, of course!
How do you get that perfectly cooked piece of meat? Take it out of the fridge several hours beforehand so it is at room temperature when you put it on the grill. Throw some herbs such as; thyme or rosemary along the sides of the barbecue. Finally, if possible, sprinkle some salt and fresh ground pepper on it towards the end.
Marinating meat overnight is always a great idea to give it a lovely rich flavor. Try pork loins in a Balsamic Vinegar, lemon and soy sauce, or chicken marinated in Modena Creamy Balsamic Glaze and extra virgin olive oil.
You can make dessert on the barbecue as well. How about bananas à la Nutella? Simply cut the bananas in half, spread some Nutella inside and pop them on the grill. Mouthwateringly irresistible!