Unusual Foods for the Grill

When you think of grilling and going to a barbeque, the typical items pop into mind: hot dogs, burgers, kebabs. But if you’re looking for something out of the ordinary, here are some ideas to make your next grilling session or barbeque party

Fruit

GrilledWatermelonYes, you read that right. Juicy, sweet fruit on the grill. The sugars in the fruit caramelise and the water evaporates, leaving you with a deliciously sweet treat. It can be as simple as cutting a couple slices of your chosen fruit, brushing on a little bit of oil and throwing it on the grill like these peaches. Or you can fancy it up with different marinades and sauces like this honey glazed grilled pineapple. Grilled fruit makes a great addition to a meal as an appetizer, side or by adding it to a dessert like a grilled bananas split. The possibilities are endless.

Your Drink

Take your grilled fruit one step further by adding them into your summer cocktails. The combination of the smoky and caramelized fruit adds a lot of great (and different!) flavor to your drinks. You can try blending or muddling your grilled fruit for different textures, or simply mix in your grilled fruit with your drink.

Pizzas

Pizza aficionados will tell you that the best pizzas are baked in wood-fired stone ovens, but not everyone has access to one of these. But with a grill, you can achieve similar results – crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Grill the dough first, flip and then garnish with your favorite toppings. Check out Serious Eats’ Complete Guide to Grilled Pizza for a step by step breakdown for achieving the perfect bite. Use the same technique and make some dessert pizzas too.

Oysters

oysters on the grill

(Photo: Bob Doran on Flickr)

Most people don’t think to put oysters on the grill.What about the shell? Does it even cook? The answer is yes, it definitely does, and it makes a nice alternative for those who don’t enjoy raw oysters. There are several ways to grill an oyster depending on whether or not you can shuck them. Shucked, they done when the edges curl slightly, unshucked, they’re done when the shell pops open. You could do the same with clams as well.

Herbs

If you can use wood chips to impart a smoky flavor to your food, then why not herbs as well? Generally, herbs and spices with higher oil content will provide stronger flavoring. Soak the herbs well before using them to prevent them from burning up immediately. You could put them directly on the grill, in an aluminum pouch, or if using a charcoal grill, you can put them in with the coals when they’ve burned down. With any method, close the lid immediately to trap the herby smoke inside. Try out different fresh herb combinations for different flavor profiles.

What are some of your favorite unusual things to throw on the grill?

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