Food: Grilling Recipes for Summer


Cary, NC — Summer is just around the corner, and that means days by the pool, barefoot nights in the backyard and grilling out with friends at the end of the workday.

Seven Grilling Recipes for Summer

Okay, I’ll be honest, I haven’t grilled a day in my life–but I do enjoy kicking back with a glass of wine, enjoying the smell of burning charcoal, while someone else does the grilling for us.

And, even though I haven’t grilled myself, many CaryCitizen staff members and contributors have, and their recipes looked so creative that I had to share them with you. You won’t find any boring recipes here–so go ahead and spice up your summer cookout!


While you can grill veggies (or even fruit), meat seems to be the grilling go-to. Whether you’re craving chicken, fish, lamb or pork, these recipes have got you covered.

Chicken Sliders with Sriracha Mayoli – by Matt Posek

Matt calls these little sliders, “A white meat alternative made with a spicy twist–a paste of red jalapeños, garlic, vinegar and spices.”

Grilled Pork Tenderloin, Southern Style – by Hal Goodtree

Hal describes a “true southern recipe” of pork tenderloin made with barbecue sauce, peach preserves and vinegar.

Lamb Chops on the Grill – by Hal Goodtree

Hal said that, “If you can cook a steak on the grill, then you can cook a lamb chop.” He takes you through the whole process–from trimming to marinating to grilling to finding the perfect sides.

Applewood Smoked Chicken on the Grill – by Jim McGrody

According to Jim, Director of Food and Nutrition at Rex Healthcare in Raleigh, this chicken is healthy and delicious–it’s made with fresh rosemary, dry mustard, chopped garlic and apple wood or hickory chips.


Tuna Kabobs on the Grill – by Hal Goodtree

In this recipe, Hal shares his personal experience of grilling thick chunks of marinated, fresh tuna with onions, peppers and other vegetables.

Fish on the Grill – by Lindsey Chester

Lindsey shares some great tips for marinating and grilling fish with different spices–like an Asian sauce, a spicy sauce or even a pesto sauce.


Roasting Corn on the Grill – by Hal Goodtree

Do you know the trick to cooking perfect corn on the grill? It turns out that you soak the cobs in water and cook them with the husk on–Hal shares the whole process here.


Dessert – Strawberry Pie – by Jessica Patrick

This is my own recipe for the perfect summer dessert. It’s so good that, if you’re feeding four or more people at a get-together, it might be gone before the night is through.

3 Summer Recipes to Enjoy Outdoors – by Lynette McEvoy

Okay, these recipes aren’t for the grill, but they are perfect dishes to enjoy with the grilling recipes above. Lynette McEvoy of Plan That Party contributed these three summer recipes to CaryCitizen–they’re the perfect southern dishes to entertain and impress your guests.

Find More Recipes for Summer

The recipes don’t have to stop here. We have a whole collection of recipes on CaryCitizen, from desserts to drinks to sides to homemade strawberry preserves (and that, I can do).


Story by Jessica Patrick. Photo by Andrew Czap. Find more CaryCitizen recipes.


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