By Chef Erin O’Donnell
As Bob Marley so eloquently put it: “The sun is shining and the weather is sweet” so let’s all get out there and enjoy us some good old Vitamin D.
Some of my favorite things to do in the sun are hike, bike, kayak, and just soak up some rays on the beach. Another great American pastime is the good old family BBQ, and I would love to share some of my favorite go-to’s for a hot afternoon.
I have the most fun grilling out and there are some great benefits too, like no dishes (woo hoo) and not a bunch of added fats and oils to cook with, so we’re getting healthier already – who doesn’t love that? My most tasty BBQ would have to be my tri-tip. I make a red wine vinaigrette with some fresh parsley, dijon, red wine vinegar, Worcestershire sauce and olive oil and marinade for up to 24 hours. Then preheat the “barbie” to 350 degrees and toss the tri-tip on for 35-45 minutes until it’s as done as you like it.
We all have beloved friends who are vegetarian (like our Communications Manager Eva Lipson) and vegan friends (like Co-Owner Misty Young), so these are for them.
I love veggies and especially when grilled, the natural flavors are really brought out, followed by the sweet smokiness from the briquettes below.
Try this super-easy recipe: take zucchini and slice it lengthwise into planks so it won’t fall through the grill. Place the planks in a ziplock bag with Italian dressing and let marinate for 30 minutes. Then place them on the top rack of the grill so you don’t get flare ups from the excess dressing. The squash is cooked to perfection in minutes and is sure to be a crowd pleaser.
Another option are grilled red peppers and asparagus. These I simply brush with olive oil and let them cook for about 7 minutes. Freshly grilled asparagus tastes extra good with a squeeze of lemon them. If you’re grilling corn, soak them in water for 20 minutes, then put right on the grill, turning frequently. A little salt and you’re golden.
So crack a cold beer and dust those cobwebs off your BBQ and let’s get grilling!