For most of us, summertime is all about enjoying the outdoors and basking in the warm weather. For those of us who like to cook and share our delectable masterpieces with friends and family, these 10 Charcoal Grill Recipes are perfect for backyard barbecues and pool parties this summer. Follow these directions and your house will be the go-to spot for good food and good times all summer long.
1. Sweet and Savory Burger with Fig Jam, Goat Cheese, and Arugula
Let’s be real, what’s a good barbecue without a good burger? This charcoal grill recipe makes for the perfect summer burger you never knew you needed! Just grill your patties for 2-3 minutes on each side, toast your buns, and assemble by spreading the fig jam on the bottom bun, placing the burger on top, spreading goat cheese on the patty, and topping with arugula. Make sure you buy enough, because your friends will surely be coming back for seconds.
2. Grilled Mexican Street Corn
For those of you who don’t eat meat and those of you who just like great food, this charcoal grill recipe is for you. It’s easy to make too! Just put corn on the cob on a grill, grill until blackened, mix mayonnaise, lime juice, chili powder and some salt and pepper together in a small bowl, lather it on the corn, and enjoy! Pro tip, grilled Mexican street corn can be messy, so put some wooden skewers through the corn cob and eliminate the mess!
3. Spicy Grilled Shrimp
For many, summertime also means seafood season! This grilled shrimp recipe is the perfect charcoal grill recipe for a sunny backyard barbecue. Just crush the garlic with the salt in a small bowl, mix cayenne pepper and paprika, then stir in olive oil and lemon juice to form a paste. Then toss the shrimp with garlic paste until evenly coated, and cook the shrimp on the grill on a medium heat for 2-3 minutes per side, and enjoy!
4. Portobello Mushroom Burgers
Another vegetarian option to present at your perfect summertime barbecue, these portobello mushroom burgers will leave all of your vegetarian guests satisfied. To make them, place the mushroom caps, smooth side up, in a shallow dish. Then in a small bowl, whisk together vinegar, oil, basil, oregano, minced garlic, salt, and pepper. Pour over the mushrooms, then let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes or so before grilling for 5-8 minutes on each side. Make sure to toast your buns on the grill and brush the mushrooms with marinade frequently before topping the mushroom burger with cheese and serving to your guests!
5. Rosemary Ranch Chicken Kabobs
These mouthwatering rosemary ranch chicken kabobs are another charcoal grill recipe that will surely spice up your backyard barbecue get-together and leave your guests full and satisfied. To make them, stir together olive oil, ranch dressing, Worcestershire sauce, rosemary, salt, lemon juice, white vinegar, pepper, and sugar. Let it sit for 5 minutes, then place the chicken in the bowl, and stir to coat with the marinade. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes, then thread the marinated chicken on to skewers and grill on a medium-high heat for 8-12 minutes.
6. Grilled Bacon Wrapped Jalapeños
Before starting the main courses on the grill, satisfy your guests with some fun and flavorful appetizers! These grilled bacon wrapped jalapeños are the perfect charcoal grill appetizers for your barbecue. Not to mention, they’re incredibly easy to make! Just cut jalapeños in half, take the seeds out, fill with cream cheese, wrap with bacon, secure with a toothpick, and grill to perfection! Your guests will definitely be coming back for more.
7. Grilled Salmon
This charcoal grill recipe will surely please all the seafood lovers at your barbecue. It’s very simple, but make sure to prepare a couple hours before grilling! To make it, season the salmon fillets with lemon pepper, garlic powder, and salt, then in a small bowl, stir together soy sauce, brown sugar, water, and vegetable oil until sugar is dissolved. Place the salmon in a large resealable plastic bag with the soy sauce mixture, seal, and turn to coat. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, then grill salmon for 6-8 minutes on each side on medium heat.
8. Simple Country BBQ Ribs
You can’t make a list of charcoal grill recipes for the summer without some good barbecue ribs! These ribs are easy to make and if you follow the instructions, will fall off the bone as you bite into them. To make them, put the spareribs in a large stock pot with barbeque sauce, onion, salt, and pepper. Pour in enough water to cover them and bring to a low boil. Boil for around 40 minutes before grilling. Once they’re finished boiling, grill the ribs on high. Baste with barbecue sauce and turn the ribs for approximately 20 minutes or until nicely browned.
9. Hot and Tangy Chicken Thighs
These chicken thighs have the perfect balance of hot and tangy and will definitely make for a fantastic dinner. To make them, mix garlic paste, chile pepper sauce, maple syrup, soy sauce, mayonnaise, and rice vinegar, thoroughly coat the chicken with the marinade, and refrigerate for 3 hours. Place chicken thighs onto the hot grill with smooth sides down. Cook until each side of the chicken shows grill marks, then continue to cook, moving them occasionally and turning over every 2 minutes, until meat is no longer pink inside and the thighs are golden brown. After that, garnish with whatever you have and serve to your hungry guests!
10. Grilled Asparagus
You can’t have all that meat without some vegetables! This grilled asparagus is easy to make and will taste great with whatever meat you grill. To make it, all you have to do is coat the asparagus in olive oil, season with salt and pepper, and grill on high for 2-3 minutes, then serve with the rest of your delicious food!