Fourth of July is here, and that means it's time to fire up the grill! There's no better time to host a BBQ. Need some inspiration? Here are four finger-lickin' Good BBQ recipes:
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1. Grill-roasted pineapple

This unique dish is sure to surprise all your guests!

Ingredients:

  • 1 ripe pineapple

Directions:

  • Prepare the grill for medium-low, indirect heat
  • Place the pineapple over indirect heat and cover the grill
  • Slowly roast, turning the pineapple occasionally
  • When done the outside should be dark brown, and the flesh should be beginning to collapse under the skin -- usually, it takes 2 1/2 hours
  • Let cool and then cut as desired
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2. Grilled pork tenderloin

What makes this dish super yummy is the peach barbecue sauce that goes with it.

Ingredients:

  • 4 ripe chopped peaches
  • 1 chopped garlic clove
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 one-pound pork tenderloin

Directions:

  • In a saucepan over medium heat, combine all ingredients except the pork tenderloin
  • Turn the heat down to medium-low and cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally
  • Let the sauce cool down
  • Pour the sauce into a food processor and puree until smooth
  • Place the pork tenderloin in a 1-gallon plastic bag, and pour 2/3 cup of the peach sauce into the bag
  • Toss the bag to coat the pork in the sauce
  • Place the bag in the refrigerator and allow the pork to marinate overnight
  • Store remaining sauce in a container in the refrigerator
  • Heat the grill to 350 degrees
  • Place the pork on the grill and cook, covered, for a half hour, turning every few minutes so it's cooked evenly
  • When almost done, pour the remaining sauce over the pork, and continue to cook
  • Remove the pork from the grill, and let rest 15 minutes before slicing and serving
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3. Grilled vegetables

All the vegetarians at your BBQ will thank you for these grilled vegetables.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 4 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • Dash salt
  • 1 pound fresh asparagus
  • 3 carrots cut in half lengthwise
  • 1 large red pepper cut into strips
  • 1 yellow squash, cut into 1/2 inch slices
  • 1 red onion cut into wedges

Directions:

  • Whisk together the first seven ingredients in a small bowl
  • Place three tablespoons of the marinade in a plastic bag
  • Add the vegetables, and toss the bag to coat
  • Marinate 3 hours at room temperature
  • Grill vegetables covered over medium heat for 15 minutes or until tender, turning occasionally
  • Place the vegetables on a large serving plate
  • Drizzle with remaining marinade
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4. Barbecued burgers

No summer BBQ party would be complete without burgers!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 teaspoons prepared mustard
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 6 hamburger buns, split
  • Toppings of your choice

Directions:

  • In a saucepan, combine the first ten ingredients
  • Bring to a boil, and then remove from the heat
  • Set aside one cup barbecue sauce to serve with burgers
  • In a large bowl, combine the egg, oats, 1/4 cup of the remaining barbecue sauce, onion salt, garlic salt, pepper and salt
  • Crumble beef over mixture and mix well, and then shape into six patties
  • Grill, covered, over medium heat for 8 minutes on each side, basting with 1/2 cup barbecue sauce during the last 5 minutes
  • Serve on buns with toppings of your choice and reserved barbecue sauce
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References
  1. "32 BBQ Recipes That'll Make You Feel Like a Pitmaster," Taste of Home, n.d.
  2. "60+ Grilling Recipes for an Epic Summer Cookout," Country Living, May 8, 2018.
  3. "80 of Our Favorite Grilling Recipes for (Almost) Everything," Bon Appetit, August 8, 2017.

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