Are you Ready to Grill? Get Your Meat & Veggies Ready

Posted on June 7, 2017

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Well It’s time to Grill the Meat & Veggies are you ready?  This is a beginner’s guide to being ready for the times  you would rather use the grill than the kitchen.

I love to grill but I admittedly do not grill enough. So this post is a good reminder to me that I will have to get out on my patio and Grill the Meat & Veggies a lot this summer.

The Basics

I would not call myself a grill master. There is no way I  can  tell you how long something takes or at what temp you should cook things at.  I gave up my charcoal grill years ago for the gas variety. They are easier and faster at least for a novice griller like myself.

The thing I can assure you is that my skills are good enough that the food does not end up looking and tasting like a bag of charcoal briquets. There are exceptions to this boast and that is if I get into the margaritas to soon on a grilling day… well anything can happen!

What do you need to Grill the Meat & Veggies

Let’s start with the obvious get yourself a grill.  Buyers Choice..charcoal, gas, electric or fire pit.

You will need some meat if you are into that  Beef, chicken, pork, quail, groundhog… whatever floats your boat. Speaking of Boats you can easily add fish or seafood to your shopping list.

Next pick up some veggies any  kind work as long as you like the taste. Mushrooms are a personal  favorite but I have to tell you there are not many veggies that don’t taste good grilled from Romain lettuce to squash blossoms on the exotic end. If you are more conventional stick with peppers and onions.

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Grilled Onion

Grilled onion

Quick and Easy Grilled Onion

  • Author: trippingvittles
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Ingredients

  • 1 onion cut 3/4 way thru like a pie
  • seasonings of your choice: this onion has
  • 1 tablespoon pineapple juice
  • teaspoon Herbs de Provence
  • 5 drops of Sriracha
  • 1 Tablespoon Butter

Instructions

  1. Cut onion like a pie going 3/4 way thru onion. Pull open so you can drop seasoning and sauce into onion crevices. Add seasonings
  2. Top with the butter
  3. Wrap in foil
  4. Toss on grill and cook while you make the rest of the meal.  15-20 min

Notes

You can do this with any flavor combination you like. I have made it like a buffalo onion or BBQ. have even added some bacon and cheese. This is totally a free for all with flavor

Don’t forget about the Fruit

We should also not forget about fruit. I may not have included it in the title but pineapple, peaches, pears and tomatoes all make killer taste bud exploders on the grill.

Marinade

There are as many Marinades out there as there are flavor combinations.   I prefer to soak my meats and fish in wet marinades but there are also dry rubs that work the same way.  Tenderizing and adding flavor to whatever you are grilling.

Veggies are not immune to a good soaking either and just like meats they can also be grilled with dry seasoning. This is really all about preference and what you have in your kitchen when you decide to fire up the grill.

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The Easiest Tastiest Marinade Ever

Marinated Meat

This is my personal goto easy marinade for everything. Chicken, Beef , Salmon it even works with a firm chunk of tofu. Try it with your veggies.  It is an all purpose player.

  • Author: trippingvittles
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup Pineapple Juice
  • 1/2 Cup Soy Sauce

Instructions

  1. Yep that is it combine pour over whatever you are marinading and let sit. If its a big hunk of meat increase portions but its always just half and half.

Notes

The longest I have used this marinade was on skirt steak. I put the steak and marinade in a bag froze the bag to take camping and in course of camping trip let it thaw out and then grilled over fire pit.

The shortest was I just mixed it up and had some thick tomato slices and pineapple slices and brushed them while they grilled. You cannot go wrong with this stuff.

I have seen other variations on this marinade adding garlic and ginger and hot sauce.. You can do all of that but why when it tastes amazing just how it is.

 

Shopping List:

As with each post I have included a shopping list. You should know that I have used these products. They are here because I like them not because a company has paid me to put them here.  I make a small commission if you make a purchase.

  1. Grill This is the Gas grill I own.  In the past have also used a Weber Charcoal Grill 
  2. Metal Grilling Skewers they just make grilling easier
  3. Foodservice Style Aluminum Foil you will never go back to any store-bought aluminum foil after you have used what they use in restaurants.
  4. Gallon Zip Lock Bags I use these all the time for both wet and dry marinade the gallon size fits most of what I want to marinade. It seals nice and they can freeze.

Get to Grilling!!