Easy-to-Make Summertime Barbecue Recipes
There’s no better way to enjoy the summer than with a barbecue. Since food is the key to a successful barbecue, creating a simple menu with recipes that require minimal preparation ensures you have plenty of time to spend with your guests. Featuring simple ingredients and no-cook assembly, these easy-to-make summertime barbecue recipes are a great addition to any menu.
The night before, you and your cooking partners will need to prepare a few things for the recipes below. We suggest getting the whole family involved in the process to help save time. Even if the kids aren’t experienced chefs, they’re more likely to eat dishes they’ve helped prepare (steps with asterisk are kid-friendly).
Classic Summer Thirst Quencher
Nothing helps you beat the heat like an ice-cold glass of lemonade. Made with only three ingredients, this simple recipe will help quench your thirst on a hot summer day.
Homemade Lemonade Ingredients:
1 1/4 cups white sugar (or 30 packets of Splenda)
1 1/4 quarts water
–Peel lemons and save rinds in a 2-quart bowl.
–*Add sugar or sugar substitute to the rinds and let them sit, covered, for an hour on the counter. This helps the lemon oils go into the sugar, which gives it a more concentrated flavor.
–Bring water to a boil in a covered saucepan.
–Pour hot water over the rinds and let rest for 30 minutes.
–*Remove rinds and squeeze lemons into bowl.
Tip: If your family doesn’t like pulp, squeeze lemons into another bowl, then strain juice into water/sugar mixture.
–Pour into pitcher and put in fridge overnight.
Tip: Double this recipe and pour half in a few ice cube trays. Wrap with plastic wrap and add recycled popsicle sticks poked through the wrap. Freeze overnight.
Finger Licking Good Appetizers
Fresh tomatoes, basil, and creamy mozzarella are complimented by the sweet tanginess of balsamic vinaigrette in this easy- to-assemble recipe.
(makes 32, 4-inch skewers)
Pint of grape tomatoes
8 fresh basil leaves
1 container fresh mozzarella balls
1/5 cup balsamic salad dressing or straight vinaigrette
1/5 cup olive oil
–Slice the tomatoes in half, the mozzarella balls into thirds and the basil leaves into thin strips.
–*Add tomatoes, basil and mozzarella balls into a large bowl.
–*Pour in balsamic and olive oil.
–*Cover the bowl and place in fridge overnight.
The next day, you and your little chefs can assemble the items onto skewers either inside before heading out, or take it outside right before eating to assemble as a family while the grill is heating up!
Whether it’s burgers, brats, or chicken, this side dish will compliment any main course and have your guests coming back for more.
2 cups whole kernel corn, cooked and well-drained
2 peppers, thinly sliced: Your choice of red, green or yellow
1/2 sweet onion, thinly sliced
1/4 cup Italian dressing
Add all ingredients to a large bowl and stir. Cover and refrigerate overnight. That’s all it takes for this easy, healthy and delicious recipe!
Now that you’ve decided on drinks, an appetizer and a side dish, all your menu needs are the main course and a dessert and you’re ready to go. Make sure to check out our other tips for a great backyard barbecue.
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