by Lauren Piro in Recipes, July 10th, 2016
by Allison Milam in Recipes, July 7th, 2016
This time of year, it’s tempting to rush into grilling, throwing whatever ingredients you’ve got onto the hot grates with abandon. We know you can’t wait to dine alfresco, but it’s worth taking a moment to remind yourself of the basics — especially when it comes to kebabs. These crowd-pleasing meals on a stick are a big part of many a griller’s regular rotation. Here’s how to get them right every time.
1. Don’t forget to soak those skewers!
If you’re using wooden skewers instead of metal ones, dunk them in water for at least 20 minutes before you start grilling. This minimizes the chance that they’ll catch on fire.
Try it: Prosciutto-Wrapped Chicken Kebabs
by Regan Burns in Recipes, July 4th, 2016
For a lot of us, a mountain of potato salad is a given at any cookout we’re throwing. Though a lot of deli-counter potato salads may be seriously boring (and really off on the potato-to-mayo ratio too), that’s far from the case here. Never gloopy, these new-age picks — each with its own flavor-boosting edge — deserve a spot on your cookout menu, starting now.
Kick It Up
Bobby Flay’s Southwestern Potato Salad (pictured above) boasts all the creaminess of your classic potato salad, plus a kick of heat from chipotle pepper puree and cayenne. Do it up with fresh lime juice, chopped cilantro and onion for your zestiest potato salad yet.
by Allison Milam in Recipes, June 30th, 2016
We love ketchup and mustard. They’re tried-and-true classics that will always have a place in our refrigerators. But when it comes to topping our hot dogs, sometimes we need a little bit more oomph than they can provide. That’s why this summer we’re benching good old ketchup and mustard in favor of this all-star lineup of crazy-good toppings.
Mexican Street Corn Hot Dog (pictured above)
The creamy, spicy flavors of Mexican-style corn pair perfectly with the smokiness of a grilled hot dog. Toss roasted corn kernels with a little mayo and lime juice, and spoon them over the hot dog. Top with oregano, chili powder, crumbly Cotija cheese, hot sauce and mayo.
by Nora Horvath in Community, June 26th, 2016
Slowly smoked for hours on end, home-cooked barbecue is a true labor of love, one that only a serious lover of smoke will take on. And if you’re going to put in the time, the results better be fall-apart good. That’s why we picked the recipe that our fans love most for each real-deal, low-and-slow barbecue favorite — we’re talking ribs, pulled pork, brisket and more. Trust us, these time-tested, top-rated winners go way beyond a slathering of barbecue sauce.
The Ribs to Make: Memphis-Style Hickory-Smoked Beef and Pork Ribs
Whether you’re a fan of wet or dry ribs, pork or beef, this fan-favorite recipe for game-changing spareribs has something to offer. These tender, highly reviewed winners start with a dry rub, then they are grilled over indirect heat with a mix of hickory and charcoal .
by Regan Burns in Recipes, June 24th, 2016
The easiest way to improve a grilled steak is with a standout marinade. This week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week, a top-rated skirt steak from Marcela Valladolid, combines sweet orange slices with salty soy sauce and crisp lager to create stellar flavor and keep the meat juicy all the way through. After marinating for an hour, the steak is ready to hit the grill. Thanks to the thin nature of skirt steak, it takes only about 4 minutes on each side before it’s medium-rare and ready to serve.
For more summertime barbecue inspiration, check out Food Network’s Let’s Grill! board on Pinterest.
Get the Recipe: Beer-Marinated Grilled Skirt Steak
by Melissa d'Arabian in Food Network Chef, In Season, June 23rd, 2016
They say the secret’s in the sauce, and we couldn’t agree more — how else can you turn plain grilled chicken, burgers and steaks into something worthy of your Instagram feed? In these grilling sauce recipes, relatively few super-flavored ingredients come together to create something that’s definitely greater than the sum of its parts. There’s nothing left to do but slather it on.
Special Burger Sauce (pictured above)
This sauce gives burgers a little extra zip that plain old ketchup and mustard just can’t provide. Sweet relish and cider vinegar contribute tang while paprika and other spices add depth. But when someone asks you what’s in it, don’t tell them — it’s a secret! Read more
by Allison Milam in Recipes, June 23rd, 2016
Summer is in full swing, and that means most of us are firing up that backyard grill. If you are shying away from grilling, or just want a refresher course on the basics of grilling, then keep reading. Here are my top 10 tips for excellent summer grilling.
1. Start with a clean grill. Don’t let last night’s salmon skin impart a fishy-char flavor to tonight’s chicken breasts. Use a sturdy metal brush to clean off the grates in between uses. (This is easiest when the grill is hot.)
2. Don’t move the food around. In general, the fewer times you flip something, the better (once is ideal for most meats). If the meat is stuck to the grill, let it cook more — it will unstick itself when it’s ready for flipping.
by Emily Lee in Recipes, June 20th, 2016
There are two kinds of people in this world: those who make the burgers (hovering over an open flame, flipping each one with serious skill and taking all the credit) and those who devour them (with glee and zero regrets). For the former group of burger lovers, expanding your burger craft is what summer is all about. Turn on the grill and switch things up — we’ve got some surprising ways to better your burger game from here on out.
1. Reconsider your meat mix.
Your go-to, home-grilled burger might be made entirely of beef, but integrating another kind of meat for a more flavorful blend will have your next batch neck and neck with the pros’ patties. The Ultimate Backyard Burger, for instance, calls for a blend of ground chuck, brisket and lamb for moist, juicy results.
by Emily Lee in Holidays, June 15th, 2016
Although we’ve been focused on warm-weather dishes ever since Memorial Day, today marks the first actual day of summer, which means it’s time to roll out the grill and usher in a long season of outdoor meals featuring summer’s greatest hits. Think corn on the cob, watermelon, juicy grilled burgers and, most importantly, s’mores. If you’re wondering what to put on tonight’s menu, here are a few ideas to get you started.
4-Ingredient S’mores Pie
S’mores are the ultimate sweet of summer, but they’re not the tidiest dessert. Give the campfire classic an unexpected makeover by combining the three key ingredients of s’mores — marshmallows, chocolate and graham crackers — into this easy-to-make, easy-to-eat pie. For the chocolate layer, combine chocolate chips with heavy cream (the fourth ingredient) to create a smooth and velvety ganache.
Here at Food Network, we think it’s time for a little tough love. So, in the spirit of Father’s Day, we’re here to inform you: Dad does not need another necktie this year. But if he’s the kind of guy who lives for summer — grilling, dinners on the patio, craft cocktails using in-season ingredients — then what he absolutely needs is a game-changing marinade, cocktail mixer or grill tool to take his summer relaxation to new levels of style and sophistication. Not sure where to begin? Check out our top Father’s Day gift picks for dads who fully embrace summer.
PitMaster Grill Tool (pictured above)
If your dad breaks out the grill on the first 50-degree day and doesn’t return it to the garage until the first snow, then this multipurpose grill tool is just the gift for him. The functionality of an entire grill kit is combined into a single, streamlined utensil: a flipper hook for turning food on the grill, an 8-inch chef’s knife for slicing, and even a bottle opener (though we don’t suggest using all three at once!).