Easy BBQ recipes

Sure, everybody loves hamburgers and hot dogs, but there’s so much more to make and enjoy when grilling season returns. Here we’ve gathered a bunch of tasty BBQ recipes that are easy to execute, easy on the wallet and most important of all, appealing to the whole family. We’ve also added some BBQ ideas—tips and tricks to help you get the most from your grill this season.

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easy BBQ rib steak and chickpea salad

Ready in: 15 minutes

Why we love it: Juicy steak and a filling chickpea salad made within one episode of PAW Patrol is what we call a midweek miracle. Leftovers also keep well for a nutritious next-day lunch.

Meal prep tip: How long to barbeque steak depends on the thickness of the meat and personal preference. A good grilling thermometer is the best way to know when your steak is done: 145˚F for medium rare, 160˚F for medium and 170˚F for well done.[1]

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souvlaki chicken with creamy lemon orzo and shaved veggies

Ready in: 40 minutes

Why we love it: It’s impossible not to love this unique pairing of lemon-zested chicken with creamy orzo and crisp veggies. Plus, you can load the dish with any crisp vegetables hanging around in your fridge: cucumbers, lettuce, shredded carrot, cabbage, zucchini—anything goes.

Meal prep tip: How long to barbeque chicken breast can vary. Watch for juices to be clear—not pink—and an internal temperature of 175˚F[2] when an instant-read thermometer is inserted in the thickest part.

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Safety Tip
Prevent flare-ups by scrubbing hot grill grates just before use. If you don’t have a proper wireless grill brush, loosen caked-on carbon bits with a long-handled metal spatula, a piece of crumpled up foil held with tongs, or a halved onion held cut-side-down with a barbecue fork.
BBQ grilled shrimp rolls

Ready in: 15 minutes

Why we love it: Easily (and affordably) feed a crowd with this BBQ version of a classic creole shrimp po’boy: grilled shrimp in tasty Cajun seasonings piled into a hot dog bun with lots of creamy tartar sauce. We recommend grownups add a few dashes of hot sauce, too.

Meal prep tip: Ready buns with lettuce and tartar sauce assembly-line style on an outdoor table or handy grill preparation cart. Tuck hot-off-the-grill shrimp into buns and serve immediately.

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Shrimp is no, well, shrimp when it comes to protein. For every 100 calories of shrimp you get a hefty 20 grams of protein[3] along with a bevy of essential minerals, notably iron and selenium.[4]

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grilled tomato basil pita pizzas

Ready in: 10 minutes

Why we love it: This summery take on pita pizza is a total timesaver with a twist. The barbecue heats pita bread, loaded with fresh veggie toppings, in only three minutes and infuses it with a delectable smoky flavour that kids are sure to eat up.

Meal prep tip: Keep a large cutting board near the grill so you have a spot to put the pizzas once they’re cooked. Bonus: The board doubles as a tray to transport everything to the table.

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cedar-planked salmon with maple glaze and grilled red onions

Ready in: 4 hours 30 minutes

Why we love it: The queen of BBQ salmon recipes, cedar-planked salmon smells as good as it tastes, especially when drowned in maple syrup before grilling. While the onions in this recipe add an extra boost of flavour, you don’t have to include them.

Meal prep tip: Set a reminder to soak the plank four hours before you’re ready to grill, otherwise you’ll be serving maple-glazed salmon, sans cedar.

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Rainbow trout is just as meaty and flavourful as salmon (in fact, these fish are cousins) but with a much lower price tag. If swapping salmon with trout, keep in mind trout typically cooks faster.

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Italian-style grilled corn on the cob

Ready in: 15 minutes

Why we love it: Magic happens when corn on the cob meets a hot grill. The sweet and savoury mix of honey and balsamic mayo poured over top makes this a dish the whole family will enjoy.

Meal prep tip: Give kids the fun job of husking the corn—you’ll have them prepped and ready in no time. (Make cleanup a cinch too by giving them a large serving bowl to put the scraps in as they go.)

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Quick Tip
Crushed red pepper flakes give this sweet corn a little kick, but if your kids aren’t used to spice, consider cutting back on it for their portion. (They’ll get the hang of spicy food, one day!)

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BBQ maple chipotle chicken thighs

Ready in: 1 hour

Why we love it: If your family likes it hot, this BBQ chicken recipe has a spicy kick thanks to canned chipotles in adobo sauce. A quick whirl in the blender along with sweet maple syrup makes a punchy marinade for economical chicken thighs.

Meal prep tip: The 40-minute marinade time allows you to make a side dish or two, check your phone, or just take a breather until it’s grill time.

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grilled pork chops with peaches and corn

Ready in: 24 minutes

Why we love it: While budget-friendly chops can easily dry out, this foolproof BBQ pork chop recipe marinates each piece of meat in a tasty blend of oil, lime juice, minced ginger and garlic before hitting the grill. Caramelized peaches, green onion and sweet corn add a fun summer flavour to the dish that kids will love.

Meal prep tip: Because that trusty burger flipper will make a mess of sliced peaches, consider investing in stainless steel tongs for turning them on the grill or griddle.

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grilled banana pecan sundae

Ready in: 20 minutes

Why we love it: Grilled and brown-sugar laden bananas topped with lush vanilla ice cream is everything you could want in a summertime dessert. This easy sweet is ideal for capping off a laidback get together or sun-soaked evening with family.

Meal prep tip: If you don’t want the bananas cooling down while you scoop the ice cream, pre-portion ice cream into bowls and store in the freezer until bananas are hot off the grill.

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