Guess what time it is? It’s BBQ time! That’s right; it’s finally warm enough to spend all day, every day outside. There are water activities, hiking adventures, and campsite fun to be had. And after all that’s over, it’s time for some chow. Grilling outside in one of the many joys of summertime, and here at SKIS.com we love a good barbecue. Whatever your taste is, we’re pretty sure we’ve got a recipe to entice you this season. From meats and main courses, to sides and beverages, check out some of our favorite summer recipes below and get to grilling.
Cornbread is like the wonder bread of the 60s for summer, it’s a household staple. Personally, I love cornbread no matter how it’s made; cheddar and jalapeño, sweet and honey, any and all recipes. But this is one of my favorites summer recipes, especially for bringing to parties or cookouts because it uses muffin tins and makes them look like delicious cupcakes. These muffins have a honey butter “frosting” that means you don’t have to bother with a knife and breaking your cornbread apart just to put butter on it. Seriously, they’re amazing and worth a try.
I don’t know about you, but when I think grilling I think kabobs. But the same old beef and chicken with vegetables gets old. Here’s a different take on kabobs, kind of a Creole influence with sausage, shrimp, bacon, pineapple, and vegetables. And honestly, isn’t bacon supposed to be on everything these days? he sweet and sticky glaze on these kabobs is really the secret for this summer recipe, and a big reason you’ve got to give these a shot.
That’s right, meatball bombs! These balls of deliciousness are meat on meat, with BBQ sauce and onion mixed in. Basically, its meatballs wrapped in onions, wrapped in bacon, and slathered with BBQ sauce. My favorite mix of ground meats for the meatball portion of this summer recipe is ground pork and ground beef, but feel free to use your own mix. Also, my favorite tip is to throw in some minced garlic and one of those Lipton Onion Soup mixes into the ground meat before making the meatballs.
Instead of your boring basic coleslaw, this is the perfect update with a burst of flavor. If you’ve never tried Asian ramen salad you’ve been missing out. It takes the basic ingredient of shredded cabbage in coleslaw and adds in the crunchy twist of uncooked ramen, which even the brokest of college students can afford. My only addition to this recipe that isn’t in the instructions would be to add a little chili paste to the dressing, or Sriracha for the more hipster among us. A little spice really kicks this salad up a notch.
When it comes to a crowd pleaser, there is nothing better than from scratch mac n cheese. It’s cheese, pasta, and everything good. And what better way to step up your mac n cheese game than giving it a spicy kick for summertime goodness? Not only does this recipe incorporate fresh jalapeños for a little spice, it also uses jalapeño chips and regular potato chips for the breading, giving it extra flavor. The end result is a must have for every party.
Wait… did we just say maple, bacon, and beer? You bet we did. And you know this recipe means business when you see that its slow cooked in a crockpot for maximum deliciousness. Not to mention slow cooker recipes are the best, you just throw everything in and let it simmer for hours with no additional work. There is no need to invest in a super high-quality beer for this recipe, as most of the alcohol cooks out, but stick to the stout or smoked porter as suggested for best results.
Corn on the cob just screams summer, and grilled corn on the cob is really the only way to go. Usually I just wrap some up in tin foil with a little butter, garlic, and fresh herbs, but Mexican street corn is even better. In fact, it’s so good that it’s nickname is crack corn. And it’s super easy; you just grill the corn and then add the Mexican mix on top, then serve.
What would this list be without a dessert on it? And double points, this dessert is meant to be around a campfire. When you’re winding down after a long day of fun in the sun a bonfire in the backyard is the perfect end. These campfire cones are super easy to make, you just need waffle cones and whatever you want to stuff them with, marshmallows chocolate, candy, bananas, berries, whatever your heart desires. Then just wrap the whole thing in foil and throw in the coals of the bonfire for a few minutes. Once done, voila! You have a melty cone of awesomeness.
If you’re looking for something on the non-alcoholic side of drinks, this recipe is a great one to cool off with. Instead of your basic lemonade for the summer, try this non-sugary drink. It’s the perfect recipe to make a big batch and let it infuse for days to keep drinking all through the week. The mint and cucumber pair well with the sweet and sour strawberry and lime, making this water especially refreshing and bright for this summer.
Watermelon Keg (Video)
Okay so we’ve all probably heard of the vodka watermelon by now, where you infuse a whole watermelon with a fifth of vodka. This takes that recipe up a notch by making the watermelon itself into a keg. I cannot recommend this enough for guests, it looks super cool and opens up for tons of possibilities. This video is a good breakdown for how to go about making your watermelon a keg, but there’s other tutorials out there if you don’t have the right tools. A watermelon keg can hold any blend of punches, from just straight watermelon juice and vodka, to full blown strawberry margaritas, and anything in-between. So feel free to go nuts and make up your own watermelon keg mix.