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    11 Must-Try Frontcountry Tailgating Grill Recipes: From Classic Burgers to Grilled Veggies

    December 20, 2023 3 min read

    In the Frontcountry, tailgating and grilling go hand in hand, creating a perfect opportunity to showcase delicious, easy-to-make dishes that can be enjoyed in the parking lot.From the classic sizzle of burgers to the smoky whispers of ribs,here are eleven of the best dishes for a grill:

    1. Classic Burgers:
      • Ingredients: Ground beef (80/20 blend), salt, pepper, hamburger buns, toppings (lettuce, tomato, onions, pickles), and cheese (cheddar, Swiss, or blue cheese).
      • Instructions: Form the beef into patties and season with salt and pepper. Grill over medium-high heat for about 4 minutes per side for medium-rare. Add cheese in the last minute of cooking. Serve on buns with your chosen toppings.
    2. BBQ Ribs:
      • Ingredients: Pork ribs, BBQ rub (brown sugar, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper), BBQ sauce.
      • Instructions: Rub the ribs with the spice mixture and let them marinate overnight. Grill over indirect low heat for 4-5 hours, brushing with BBQ sauce in the last 30 minutes.
    3. Grilled Chicken Wings:
      • Ingredients: Chicken wings, olive oil, salt, pepper, your favorite wing sauce (like buffalo or BBQ).
      • Instructions: Toss wings with oil, salt, and pepper. Grill over medium heat until cooked through, about 20-25 minutes, turning occasionally. Toss with wing sauce before serving.
    4. Shrimp Skewers:
      • Ingredients: Shrimp (peeled and deveined), bell peppers, onions, marinade (olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt, pepper).
      • Instructions: Marinate shrimp and vegetables for 30 minutes. Skewer alternating shrimp and vegetables. Grill for 2-3 minutes per side.
    5. Grilled Corn on the Cob:
      • Ingredients: Corn on the cob, butter, salt, pepper, optional seasonings (paprika, Parmesan cheese).
      • Instructions: Peel back corn husks, remove silk, and rewrap husks. Soak in water for 10 minutes. Grill over medium heat, turning occasionally, for about 15 minutes. Peel back husks, brush with butter, and season.
    6. Sausages and Peppers:
      • Ingredients: Sausages, bell peppers, onions, olive oil, salt, pepper, hoagie rolls.
      • Instructions: Grill sausages until cooked through. Slice peppers and onions, toss with oil, salt, and pepper, and grill until soft. Serve sausages in rolls topped with grilled peppers and onions.
    7. Steak Kabobs:
      • Ingredients: Cubed steak (like sirloin), bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, marinade (soy sauce, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt, pepper).
      • Instructions: Marinate steak and vegetables for at least 1 hour. Skewer alternating steak and vegetables. Grill over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, for 10-15 minutes.
    8. Veggie Burgers:
      • Ingredients: Store-bought or homemade veggie burger patties, buns, toppings (lettuce, tomato, avocado, ketchup, mustard).
      • Instructions: Grill veggie burgers according to package instructions or until heated through. Serve on buns with your chosen toppings.
    9. BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches:
      • Ingredients: Pork shoulder, BBQ rub, BBQ sauce, coleslaw, hamburger buns.
      • Instructions: Rub pork with spice mixture. Slow-cook in a smoker or oven until tender. Shred pork, mix with BBQ sauce, and serve on buns topped with coleslaw.
    10. Grilled Pizza:
      • Ingredients: Pizza dough, pizza sauce, cheese (mozzarella, Parmesan), toppings (pepperoni, bell peppers, onions, mushrooms).
      • Instructions: Roll out dough, lightly oil one side, and place on grill. Grill until bottom is crisp. Flip, quickly add sauce, cheese, and toppings. Close grill and cook until cheese is melted.
    11. Grilled Vegetables: 
      • Ingredients: Assorted vegetables (bell peppers, zucchini, mushrooms, asparagus), olive oil, salt, pepper, herbs (rosemary, thyme).
      • Instructions: Toss vegetables in oil, salt, pepper, and herbs. Grill directly on the grate or in a grill basket, turning occasionally, until tender and charred.

    We hope you’re inspired to fire up the grill and create unforgettable moments in the parking lot. Whether you're cheering for your favorite team or simply savoring good food and great company at the campground, concert venue, fishing spot – these dishes are sure to be savored. So fire it up and happy grilling!