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4th of July Recipes for the Grill

June 21st, 2016

Independence Day is right around the corner. You’re looking forward to a day under the sun, splashing in the swimming pool with your family. You have everything you need to fire up the grill and get the party going, but you have a craving for something outside the world of hot dogs and hamburgers. Luckily, you have come to the right place to find tasty 4th of July recipes for the grill.

Blue to Red Lobster Tails

Like the colors on the American flag, lobsters start blue and then turn red when exposed to heat. Some of your friends may not enjoy watching the process, but for others, it’s just about the coolest thing that has ever happened on a grill. Make sure you pick out European lobster, which starts blue then turns red.

Ingredients you’ll need:
• 2 – 10 oz. European lobster tails
• ½ cup olive oil
• 1 tbsp. lemon juice
• 1 tsp. salt
• 1 tsp. paprika
• 1/8 tsp. white pepper
• 1/8 tsp. garlic powder

Follow these steps to make the lobster tails…

1. Set grill to high heat.
2. Mix together olive oil, lemon juice, and spices to create marinade.
3. “Butterfly,” or cut the lobster tail down the center, stopping before the hard shell at the end.
4. Brush the flesh side evenly with the marinade.
5. Oil grill grate lightly. Set tails on grill flesh side down.
6. Grill for 8-10 minutes, applying more marinade frequently.
7. When the shell becomes red and opaque, serve with lemon and spring onions.

Grilled Pizza

No, it’s not just a quirky way to reinvent the wheel. When it comes to pizza, the hotter the better, and the grill on your porch is capable of getting much hotter than the oven in your kitchen. If you have ever tried to bake a pizza in a conventional oven, prepare for something a thousand times better.

Ingredients you’ll need:
• 1 ball pizza dough
• ¾ cup tomato sauce
• ¾ cup mozzarella cheese
• 1 tbsp. olive oil
• toppings of your choice

Follow these steps to make grilled pizza…

1. Heat the grill up to high.
2. Stretch and roll the dough into a large, thin circle. Brush one side with olive oil.
3. Set the dough on the grill oil side down. Apply a little olive oil to the other side, then close the lid for 1-2 minutes.
4. Check the dough with a pair of tongs. Once the grill starts to leave marks on the dough, flip it over and decorate it with sauce, cheese, and toppings. The more toppings, the longer it will take to cook.
5. Close the lid for 3-5 minutes or until the cheese is melted and a delicious scent wafts from the grill.
6. Let the pizza cool, then enjoy.

Steak and Veggie Kebabs

This is a great one for parents. What better bribe is there for eating vegetables than getting to eat off a stick? Of course, the pointy end is a little problematic, but you and the kids can enjoy the challenge of eating each vegetable on the way to a juicy steak.

Tip for enhancing the taste! This recipe works best when you mix the ingredients together at least one day in advance.

Ingredients you’ll need:
• 1/3 cup olive oil
• 1/3 cup soy sauce
• 3 tbsp. red wine vinegar
• ¼ cup honey
• 2 cloves fresh garlic
• 1 tbsp. fresh ginger
• 2 tsp. black pepper

• ½ lb. top sirloin steak
• 1 large bell pepper
• 1-2 red onions
• 1-2 lemons

Follow these steps to make the steak and veggie kebabs…

1. Mince the garlic and ginger, and then mix everything from the top of the list all the way to the black pepper together. Let it chill in the fridge overnight.
2. The next day, soak the skewers for 30 minutes in water.
3. Set the grill to high.
4. Cut the steak, onions, and lemons into bite-sized pieces. Feed them onto each skewer. Attaching two skewers parallel to each other will help with flipping over the kebab.
5. Grill for 8-10 minutes, less for rare meat, more for well done.
6. Let the kebabs cool down, then enjoy.

Cotija-Speckled Corn on the Cob

The best thing about this recipe is that the corn is speckled with cheese like the American flag is speckled with stars. The second best thing is it’s a step away from the usual BBQ fare. It might not mesh well with hot dogs and hamburgers, but it is pretty great with tacos and margaritas.

Ingredients you’ll need:
• 6 ears of corn with husks
• 1 clove of garlic
• ¾ cup (4oz) crumbled cotija cheese
• 6 tbsp. mayonnaise
• ¾ tsp. kosher salt
• ¾ tsp. cayenne pepper

Follow these steps to make the cotija-speckled corn on the cob…

1. Heat the grill to medium (between 350 and 450˚F).
2. Mince the garlic clove. Mix together everything but the corn and the cheese.
3. Set out the cotija cheese on a plate big enough for the corn to fit on.
4. Carefully peel back the corn husks and pull out the silk before wrapping the husks back on the corn.
5. Grill corn for about 35 minutes, turning onto a new side every 10 minutes.
6. Remove the corn from heat, but do not handle right away.
7. After the corn has cooled down, remove the husks and brush the corn with the mayonnaise mixture.
8. Roll each ear of corn over the cheese-covered plate.
9. Serve warm.

Grilled Berries

It’s time for dessert. You mean that’s going on the grill, too?!

The sweet flavor of berries mixed with the smoky flavor of the grill will play with your guests’ taste buds. Naturally, the berry colors are inspired by the American flag.

Ingredients you’ll need:
• 6 oz. fresh blueberries
• 6 oz. fresh raspberries
• 1 lemon
• ½ tbsp. fresh thyme
• ½ tbsp. honey
• ½ tbsp. butter
• 1 pinch of sea salt

Follow these steps to make berries on the grill…

1. Chop thyme. Gently mix together everything but the butter.
2. Make an aluminum foil sandwich and coat the inside with butter. Pour in the fruit mixture and then seal it up.
3. Grill for 10 minutes on medium heat (between 350 and 450˚F).
4. Serve over pie or ice cream.

There are hundreds of foods that pair well with a grill’s smoky flavors, from watermelons to artichokes. These are just a few delicious highlights. With these 4th of July recipes for the grill, you can finally spend the whole day outside, never straying too far from your pool.

Kebabs on Grill