Summer is the season of outdoor dining. All across the country people are sprucing up their yards and planning family reunions, parties, and other outdoor gatherings. Having a gas barbecue installed on your back porch is just what you need to throw together the best summer dinners on the block. Some food just tastes better on the grill. Here are four foods that are best when you toss them on your gas barbecue.
A classic for any grill party, you can't go wrong with steak. Using a gas barbecue to cook your steak gives you that delicious seared flavor you just can't beat. There are many ways to grill the perfect steak but try for simple seasoning like salt and pepper that really lets the flavor of the steak take center stage. It's best to cook the steak on high to seal in the juices and keep it from drying out. Try serving with a pat of butter and a sprig of thyme to make the presentation as beautiful as the taste.
Burgers aren't really burgers if they haven't been cooked on a barbecue. Use your gas barbecue to infuse your burgers with a smoky authentic taste that says summer. The flavor of grilled burgers is perfectly paired with a strong smoked cheese like gouda. Serve with grilled onions and some barbecue sauce for an unforgettable meal that will leave your guests asking for more.
3. Huli Huli Chicken
Huli Huli Chicken is a Hawaiian dish that was invented in 1955 and uses a barbecue to achieve crisp and char-marked chicken with a sweet and savory flavor. You can try this grill-friendly recipe out on your gas barbecue. Feel free to experiment with the marinade: some recipes call for teriyaki sauce and others for soy sauce; some use honey and others use maple syrup to achieve that sweet and savory combination. Huli Huli chicken is great served with rice and will become your new go-to grill recipe.
4. Eggplant Kebabs
Grilling on a gas barbecue is not just for the meat-eaters out there. You can impress your vegetarian friends with healthy grilled eggplant kebabs. Eggplants have a unique texture that holds up well under heat, and so eggplant is often used as a meat substitute. You can marinade eggplant before cooking or drizzle a marinade over your cooked and salted eggplant.
Whatever you decide to cook this summer, installing a gas barbecue will make you a master chef in no time. Contact someone like Thompson's Gas Inc for an estimate.