The Perfect Barbecue Menu

Posted by Michael Dougherty on Feb 25, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Watermelon SaladSo over the last few weeks we've been helping you learn how to choose and prepare a delicious cut of meat, so this week and next week we're going to help you with choosing and preparing side dishes. Before we move on to chicken, fish, other meats, and veggies that are good enough to stand on their own, let's stick with steak for this post as we walk you through how to make some unique sides to accompany your meat for the perfect barbecue!

Rainbow Veggie Kebabs

What you'll need:

  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Carrots
  • Squash
  • Zucchini
  • Red onion
  • 1/3 c Olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp Dried basil
  • 3/4 tsp Dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/8 tsp Ground black pepper
  • Skewers

If you're using wooden skewers, soak them in water for 10 to 20 minutes (this is so they won't catch on fire). As they're soaking, cut your larger veggies into smaller chunks (keep everything about the size of the cherry tomatoes) and slide one piece of each onto each skewer. Before throwing the kebabs onto the grill, whisk together you olive oil, basil, oregano, salt, and black pepper together, then brush the mixture over vegetables. Grill your kebabs over medium heat (we suggest you preheat) for 10-15 minutes, being sure to baste and turn the skewers occasionally.

Watermelon Salad

What you'll need:

  • 3 c Watermelon
  • 1/2 c Crumbled feta cheese
  • 7 oz. Arugula
  • 1/4 of a Red onion
  • 2 tbsp Balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Pepper (to taste)

Slice your watermelon and onions, and rinse your arugula. Whisk together your vinegar, olive oil, salt, and pepper, then toss all of your ingredients together. Pro tip: grill your watermelon for a couple seconds, and use a cherry or strawberry flavored vinegar for an extra bit of deliciousness.

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