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Shereen Jegtvig, MS

May is National Barbecue Month

By May 9, 2006

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I love to use a grill to cook foods. Grilling can be a very healthy way to cook, as long as you choose lean meats, keep your grill clean and carefully watch the flame. Grilling isn't just for hotdogs and hamburgers either. Use your grill to cook vegetables, fish, seafood and even fruits like pineapple rings. Our Grilling and Barbecue guide Derrick Riches has lots of recipes and resources to enjoy.

I am not alone with my love for grilling. According nationwide Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA) consumer survey, the open flame of the grill burns out conventional cooking. The survey showed that consumers love not only the taste of grilled food, but the convenience too. I enjoy using the grill any time of the year. In fact, I have cooked my share of venison steaks and loins while standing out in the snow in Wisconsin. No need to wait for warm weather, however, now that the temperatures are starting to climb, using the grill is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and keep your kitchen cooler.

National Barbecue Month

"Grilling is an American pastime and National Barbecue Month is the perfect time for Americans to map out their summer grilling game plan by determining what equipment is needed, the best recipes to try, and what special grilling occasions with family and friends to mark on the calendar," says Leslie Wheeler, communications director at the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association. "With all the great equipment available to consumers right now, it's no surprise that grilling has become such a popular way to prepare quick and delicious meals."

Here are some fun ideas from the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association:

  • Tired of take-out pizza? Then fire up the grill for an easy and scrumptious pizza experience. Either make or purchase pizza dough, shape dough into circle about 1/2" thick, brush with olive oil and place on the grill. After 2 minutes, check crust and if it's at the desired crispness, flip over. Next add sauce and toppings. Close the grill for a few minutes and when the cheese has melted, remove and serve. All in 30 minutes or less.
  • Move over Meat Meat isn't the only thing that tastes great on the grill, veggies are even tastier from the grill. Marinate chopped or halved veggies ahead of time in a favorite marinade or vinaigrette and depending on the size, either place directly on the grill or thread on bamboo skewers and cook to desired doneness. Using skewers? Soak bamboo skewers in water for at least 30 minutes to prevent veggies from sticking.
  • Fruit Cap Grilled stone fruit is a deliciously light dessert for a warm spring or summer evening. Simply place halved peaches, plums, nectarines or apricots on the grill for about 3-4 minutes until lightly charred. Serve warm with ice cream or frozen yogurt.
Poll: What's your favorite food to cook on the grill?
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