Warmer weather means it is time to fire up the grill! If you use your grill often, you might be wondering how else you could put those grates to good use. Well the great news is, there are plenty of clever ways to use your grill which you may not have discovered just yet. Take a look below at 7 clever ways to use your grill so you can make the most out of it this grilling season!
7 Clever Ways to Use Your Grill
1. Give fruit a try.
Have you ever grilled fruit before? Try grilling a slice of pineapple, or grill a slice of peach and top it with some feta cheese. These are both delicious and unique treats to offer your cookout guests or to just make for dinner sides.
2. A little oil goes a long way.
Before you begin grilling, wipe the grates down with infused olive oil. This will help flavor the meat and can also prevent sticking. Using a little oil ahead of time can also cut your clean up time in half. Just pour some in a dish and use a brush to spread it on. Don’t have infused olive oil? No worries. Just add a sprig of fresh herb to the bottle of oil and let it sit for a few days.
3. Try making s’mores.
You don’t need a lot of heat to make s’mores, so once you are done grilling your meat and the grill is off, line the top with a piece of tinfoil. Place graham crackers on the foil and top with your marshmallows and chocolate. Don’t close the lid. In a few minutes the ingredients will melt and you can add the top cracker.
4. Cook with cast iron.
Invest in a quality, seasoned cast iron pan that you can place directly on the grates. This will be great for cooking vegetables, beans, soup, and other side dish items in while you grill the meat. Plus, the cast iron offers some great flavor as well.
5. Try out chopsticks.
Those chopsticks you have building up from ordering take out are about to come in handy. Soak them in water first so they don’t burn, then poke them through chunks of chicken, steak, shrimp, and of course vegetables. They make the perfect roasting sticks.
6. Grill some greenery.
You can apply some oil to the grates and grill pieces of spinach, swiss chard, and other leafy greens. These leafy greens taste amazing when roasted on the grill, and can also be used to garnish serving trays and plates quite nicely. You can even roast them and top them with cheese crumbles for a tasty warm salad.
7. Toss herbs over the coals.
You can toss fresh herbs over the coals or even place them on the grates to add flavor to your foods. Plus the burning herbs can also create a smoke that helps repel bugs, so you don’t get eaten up while you are prepping your meal.
Aren’t these grilling tips clever? Give these clever ways to use your grill a try and see how much fun you can have creating new things and exploring new tastes.