Best BBQ grilling recipes to enjoy this summer with your family and friends, including vegetables, roasts, seafood, and more! If you're looking to hone your grilling skills, this is the perfect place to start! Choose a few recipes, and you can make an entire well-rounded meal with tasty foods hot off the grill!
Best Summer BBQ Grilling Recipes
Hey folks, summertime is just around the corner, and I am so excited that I have already dusted off the BBQ grill and cleaned the smoker! Every summer, I grill up as many tasty recipes as I can so I can share them with you all before winter rolls around, and I'm stuck back in the house.
From tender grilled vegetables to finger-licking-good BBQ chicken, if it can be cooked on the grill, I'm on it! Check out all of my favorite summertime BBQ grill recipes below!
- Best Summer BBQ Grilling Recipes
- 1. Grilled Bok Choy
- 2. Grilled Pork Rib Tips
- 3. Grilled BBQ Chicken Breasts
- 4. Grilled Corn on the Cob
- 5. Grilled Yellow Squash
- 6. Grilled Baby Back Ribs
- 7. Grilled Filet Mignon
- 8. Grilled Jamaican Jerk Red Snapper
- 9. Grilled Chicken Thighs
- 10. Grilled Boneless Chicken Thighs
- 11. Grilled Chicken Quarters
- 12. Grilled Brats
- 13. Grilled Lamb Shanks
- 14. Hawaiian Burger (with Grilled Pineapple)
- 15. Grilled Pork Steaks
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- Best BBQ Grilling Recipes: Grilled Baby Back Ribs (+More Summer Favorites!)
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1. Grilled Bok Choy
This easy grilled bok choy features an umami Asian dipping sauce that is bursting with flavor! The tender, charred leaves of the bok choy are pretty tasty on their own, too.
2. Grilled Pork Rib Tips
These juicy and meaty morsels of pork are seasoned to perfection with my homemade pork seasoning, BBQ sauce, and a dash of liquid smoke.
3. Grilled BBQ Chicken Breasts
With a thick coating of smokey caramelized BBQ sauce, these juicy grilled chicken breasts have no shortage of flavor. The outside crisps up beautifully while the meat stays perfectly tender and juicy.
4. Grilled Corn on the Cob
Corn on the cob is the ultimate summer side dish, and it's even better when cooked on the grill! Nothing beats the slight char and smokey flavor of grilled corn on the cob.
5. Grilled Yellow Squash
For a light and delicious summer vegetable side dish, try grilling up a few slices of yellow summer squash! It cooks up in minutes and will leave you plenty of room for the main course.
6. Grilled Baby Back Ribs
For picture-perfect baby back ribs, the grill is the way to go! They are slathered in a mixture of BBQ sauce and liquid smoke that caramelizes beautifully on the grill, and the meat turns out ultra-tender every time.
7. Grilled Filet Mignon
Whether you are craving a fancy steak dinner or you just want a super-tender steak, the filet mignon is always a great choice. With a perfect sear and just a little salt & pepper, you can have a restaurant-quality steak on the table in no time.
8. Grilled Jamaican Jerk Red Snapper
Red snapper has a sweet and mild flavor that is perfect for some zesty Jamaican jerk seasoning! All in all, it's a super simple and delicious seafood dinner that is ready to eat after just a few minutes on the grill.
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9. Grilled Chicken Thighs
These grilled BBQ bone-in chicken thighs are exactly what you picture when you think of homemade BBQ chicken. They have crispy skin coated in caramelized BBQ sauce and perfectly tender meat within.
10. Grilled Boneless Chicken Thighs
If you prefer boneless, skinless chicken thighs, these teriyaki marinated thighs are absolutely delicious on the grill! Once they have marinated overnight, they absorb all of that delicious flavor and are ready to eat after just 15 minutes on the grill.
11. Grilled Chicken Quarters
If you can't decide between drumsticks or thighs, you can have the best of both worlds with these grilled chicken quarters! They're seasoned with my easy BBQ Chicken rub before they get a generous slathering of BBQ sauce and liquid smoke.
12. Grilled Brats
Grilled brats are a must-have at any summertime cookout. Supply the buns and all your favorite hot dog toppings for an easy meal that is guaranteed to please a crowd!
13. Grilled Lamb Shanks
These succulent grilled lamb shanks are fall-off-the-bone tender and loaded with flavor. My super simple overnight lamb marinade is all the seasoning you need!
14. Hawaiian Burger (with Grilled Pineapple)
If you haven't tried grilled pineapple, you're missing out. It brings out the sweetness of the fruit, which complements the sticky teriyaki sauce and melted provolone cheese on this Hawaiian burger beautifully.
15. Grilled Pork Steaks
For an easy pork dinner, fire up the grill and grab a few pork steaks! It's easy to get a perfect sear on these tender steaks, and with just a few simple herbs and spices, they have plenty of flavor.
Summer is the perfect time to cook and eat outside, and none of these wonderful BBQ grilling recipes will disappoint! Let me know your favorite recipes to make on the grill in the comment section below!
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Best BBQ Grilling Recipes: Grilled Baby Back Ribs (+More Summer Favorites!)
- Preheat your gas grill to high heat, or set up a two-zone cooking station with briquets offset to one side. Lay out sheets of aluminum foil (use several sheets if needed) on a baking sheet to make a 'pouch'. Rinse the 1 rack baby back ribs under cool running water, then pat them dry with paper towels.
- (Optional) For the most tender ribs, I recommend removing the membrane, or silverskin, on the underside of the rib bone. To do this, use a butter knife to slide under the membrane and gently lift and pull it away from the layer of fat along the bottom of the ribs.
- Put your ribs on the prepared foil with the meat side facing up. If using the optional 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar, brush it over the ribs before seasoning. Then, season them generously with ¼ cup pork rub, flip them bone side up and season generously on that side. With the meat facing downward, wrap the foil up and over the ribs and seal the pouch closed tightly.
- Place the pouch of ribs on the top rack in your grill, or away from the briquettes if using. Reduce the heat to low if using a gas grill and cook for 50 minutes.
- In a small bowl, mix together 1 cup barbecue sauce and 2 teaspoon liquid smoke. Remove the pouch of ribs from the grill and let it cool slightly before you carefully open the pouch to release the steam. Use tongs to return the ribs to the grill with the meat facing upwards.
- Use a basting brush to brush the BBQ mixture over your ribs, coating it on all sides. Close the lid and cook for 5 minutes.
- Flip your ribs over so that the bone is facing upwards and reapply the BBQ sauce mixture. Close the lid and cook for 5 minutes.
- Continue flipping the ribs every 5 minutes (so the BBQ sauce doesn't burn) until your ribs reach your ideal internal temperature. They need to be a minimum temperature of 145ºF (63ºC), but I like to aim closer to 200ºF (93ºC) for the most tender ribs. You can apply BBQ sauce with each flip as desired.
- Remove your ribs from the grill and cover them loosely with foil. Let rest for 10 minutes before slicing or serving.
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- Once you get a good, grabbable section of the silverskin membrane separated from the ribs, use a paper towel to grip it and pull it off.
- Ribs need to be a minimum of 145ºF (63ºC) to be safe per the USDA, but grilled ribs are typically 180ºF (82ºC) or higher and ideally 190-200ºF (88-93ºC) for maximum tenderness.
- If you like your ribs with some extra sweet caramelization, you can sprinkle a few tablespoons of brown sugar over the BBQ sauce near the end of cooking.
- The optional apple cider vinegar is one of my favorite ways to tenderize ribs. This is particularly beneficial if you choose not to remove the silverskin.
- To store: Leftover ribs should be placed in an airtight container or wrapped tightly in aluminum foil and refrigerated for up to 4 days.
- To freeze: Cooled ribs can be wrapped in foil and placed in a Ziploc freezer bag, and then frozen for 4-6 months. Let the ribs defrost in the fridge overnight before reheating.
- To reheat: Preheat your oven to 250°F (120°C) and put the ribs in a baking dish with a splash of broth or water to keep them tender. Cover with foil and bake for 20-30 minutes or until warmed through. You can even baste with more BBQ sauce as desired. I like to uncover the ribs for the last 10 minutes of reheating so they caramelize.
Angela is an at home chef that developed a passion for all things cooking and baking at a young age in her Grandma's kitchen. After many years in the food service industry, she now enjoys sharing all of her family favorite recipes and creating tasty dinner and amazing dessert recipes here at Bake It With Love!