6 Delicious Grilling Ideas and Recipes
20 Dec 2023
Photo by ENESFİLM
Imagine this: a crisp, frosty evening, you’re all snuggled up in your warmest clothes, and there’s a hot grill sizzling in front of you. Sounds great, doesn’t it?
We’re all about breaking the rules and showing that winter grilling is a blast. We’ve lined up six scrumptious recipes that are perfect for the chilly weather. From sizzling kabobs to juicy chicken thighs, these dishes are sure to heat up your winter nights.
So, let’s brave the cold and get that grill fired up!
Shrimp Boil Foil Packets
What could be better than simply throwing your entire meal on the grill to cook up all at one time? Individual foil packets also make serving your meal super easy. You’ll need to prep these ahead of time and pack them into a cooler, but this saves you time so you can relax.
Here are the ingredients that will go into your heavy-duty foil packets:
• 1.5 lbs of extra large raw shrimp, peeled and deveined (tail on optional)
• 1 package of smoked andouille sausage, cut into thin rounds
• 1 pound of baby fingerling potatoes, cut in half
• 2 ears of corn, cut into 4 crosswise pieces
• 3 tablespoons melted butter
• Old bay seasoning to taste
• Salt and pepper
Simply divide the shrimp, potatoes, sausage, and corn evenly between four foil packets. Then drizzle each with butter and sprinkle as much of the seasonings as you want. Close the foil packets tightly and grill at medium heat until cooked through, about 12-15 minutes.
Hawaiian Chicken Kabobs
For these kabobs, the chicken is cut thin and packed tightly together on the kabob stick to keep the chicken juicy. For the marinade, you will need the following:
• 1 cup of ketchup
• 1 cup of pineapple juice
• 1 cup of soy sauce
• 4 tablespoons of grated fresh or squeeze ginger
• 4 cloves of minced garlic
• ⅓ cup packed brown sugar
Mix the marinade ingredients well and reserve one cup of marinade for basting while grilling. Cut 3-4 pounds of boneless skinless chicken breasts into ½-inch thick pieces and marinade overnight. Soak your bamboo sticks in water for an hour before packing on the chicken pieces.
Grill over medium-high heat, basting occasionally until an internal temperature of 165°F is reached. You can add chunks of fresh pineapple to each end for a beautiful presentation. This marinade is also great for adding extra flavour to vegetables, but we recommend cooking your veggies separately because the chicken has a longer cooking time.
Smokey Mac ‘n Cheese
For this simple recipe, you will pre-prep any macaroni recipe of your choice. You could even buy pre-made mac ‘n cheese at the grocery store. You’ll need to transfer your mac ‘n cheese to a disposable aluminum container and cover it with foil. Tent the foil prior to grilling.
Reheating your mac ’n cheese over a charcoal grill gives it an added flavour. If you’re working with gas grills, wood chip gas grill accessories make it easy to infuse your grilled foods with that delicious charcoal-grilled flavour.
Asian-Style Finger Food Steaks
If you love steak but prefer a simpler, more casual dining experience, finger food steaks are the perfect choice! You’ll need 2-3 pounds of thinly sliced sirloin. For your marinade, you will need:
• 1 cup of soy sauce
• ¼ cup packed brown sugar
• 2 tablespoons of fresh grated or squeeze ginger
• 3 minced garlic cloves
• 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
• 2-3 chopped chilies
• 4 kaffir lime leaves or the juice of one lime
Marinate your steaks overnight. Preheat your grill to high heat. Thin-cut sirloin steaks will only need a quick sear on each side, about one minute per side. When cooked properly, your steaks will be easy to rip apart. Serve with white rice or grilled potatoes.
Honey-Sriracha Chicken Thighs
If you’re looking for a grilled chicken recipe that’s pretty fool-proof, then look no further. Chicken thighs are an excellent cut of meat for the grill because dark meat doesn’t dry out as quickly as white meat. Even if you overcook it slightly, there’s a good chance it will still be juicy.
The combination of sweet and spicy makes for a delicious sauce you’ll be licking off your fingers. For this simple recipe, you will need the following:
• 2-3 pounds of skin-on, bone-in chicken thighs
• 3 tbsp of melted butter
• 1 tbsp of fresh grated or squeeze ginger
• 3 minced garlic cloves
• ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
• 5 tbsp honey
• 5 tbsp sriracha
• 1 tbsp fresh lime juice
Mix everything together except the chicken and set aside. Preheat your grill to medium-high heat and don’t forget to spray the grates with oil. Season the chicken thighs with salt and pepper and grill for 4-5 min on each side.
Flipping the chicken is critical in this recipe so the chicken doesn’t become charred. Continue flipping the chicken every 3-4 minutes until the chicken reaches 165°F internally. A few minutes before the chicken is cooked, baste it with the sauce for a nice glaze effect.
Grilled Cinnamon Apples
What could be better than rounding off your grilled meal with a delicious grilled dessert? Winter, with its chilly breeze and cozy evenings, is a wonderful time for heartwarming outdoor cooking, and winter apples provide the perfect complement.
For this easy and delightful winter dessert recipe, you will need the following:
• Heavy-duty foil
• 2 large firm apples, like Granny Smith or Honeycrisp
• 2 tbsp butter
• 2 tbsp packed brown sugar
• 2 tbsp granulated white sugar
• 1 tsp cinnamon
• ¼ tsp ground ginger
• ¼ nutmeg
Core and cut the apples into ¼-inch thick slices. Mix the ingredients together and place into one or more foil packets. Vent and cook the packets over indirect medium-high heat for about 20-25 minutes or until the apples are fork-tender. Serve alone or topped with vanilla ice cream.
Remember to never leave a grill unattended. We hope your outdoor grilling adventures, whether in your backyard or on your patio, are both fun and delicious with the help of these easy grilling recipes!