5 unexpected ways to use your BBQ this summer

Who wants a hot kitchen in the summer? From grilled bread to smoky salads, keep the cooking outside with these inspiring barbecue ideas.

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1. Grilled bread, a love story

Did you know you can toast bread on the grill? In fact, it’s the perfect way to revive a day-old loaf. Cut the bread into 1/2-in. slices and set over medium heat until char lines appear, about 1 min. Flip and repeat on other side. Finish by brushing with olive oil and sprinkling with flaky salt.

2. Cheese, please

plate of fresh corn, edamame and chopped veggies 15 delicious BBQ sidesHalloumi, paneer and queso panela are just a few of the cheeses that can stand up to the heat of your grill. Skewer them with meat and veggies, or grill them on their own as a tasty salad topper.

3. Smoky salads

Elevate your greens game with charred lettuces like escarole, cabbage, radicchio and romanesco. Be sure to coat the leaves well with olive oil before grilling to help protect them from burning. Grill for 30 to 45 seconds per side.

4. Pizza night

We’re going to let you in on a little secret: Pizza is way more tasty when cooked on the barbecue than in the oven. Barbecue dough right on the grill (or, if you prefer, you can use a pizza stone), and then set up a topping station so kids can make their own creations. Topped pizzas can go back on the grill until cheese has melted, 3 to 5 min.

5. Sweet treats

Don’t forget dessert! Fruits like peaches, pineapples, mangos and bananas are the ultimate summer treat when grilled and paired with ice cream.

Food52’s Any Night Grilling cookbook
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These recipe ideas were adapted from Food52 Any Night Grilling: 60 Ways to Fire Up Dinner (and More) by Paula Disbrowe.

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