Tag: summer BBQ

Grilled Sweet Potatoes

Grilled Sweet Potatoes

If you like sweet potato fries, then you’ll love Grilled Sweet Potatoes! I’ve always been a sweet potato fan whether they’re fried, baked or all dolled up in a holiday casserole, but grilling them puts it on a whole new level for me. Grilling not […]

Grilled Brussels Sprouts

Grilled Brussels Sprouts

Move over boring side dishes! Grilled Brussels Sprouts are here to steal the show this summer. Brussels sprouts can sometimes get a bad rap but it’s only because most people don’t know how to cook them properly. Grilling or roasting them caramelizes their natural sugars yielding […]

Best Grilled Pork Chops Marinade

Best Grilled Pork Chops Marinade

If you’ve ever eaten a tough and dry pork chop from the grill then you’ll really value this next recipe! We’ve got the Best Grilled Pork Chop Marinade right here folks and it’s a keeper. This excellent marinade grills up juicy, flavorful pork chops every time. My hubby is still raving about them over a week later. There are two keys to pulling off this recipe successfully. First it’s essential to use thick cut pork chops or chops that are at least 1 inch thick. And secondly you’ll want to keep these babies bathing in that marinade for as long as you can. The results are unbelievable!

Here’s all you’ll need: Worcestershire sauce, fresh parsley, balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, olive oil, minced garlic, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and pork chops.

Best Grilled Pork Chops Marinade ingredients list

I love this marinade because it combines simple ingredients that I normally already have on hand. Combine the Worcestershire sauce, fresh parsley, balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, olive oil, minced garlic, black pepper and cayenne pepper in a shallow dish. My 1.8 qt square glass pyrex is the perfect size to hold 4 pork chops plus the marinade and it even has it’s own lid. Perfect!

Worcestershire sauce, fresh parsley, balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, olive oil, minced garlic, black pepper and cayenne pepper in a shallow dish.

Next place the pork chops in the marinade, cover and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight. Now you know I totally understand if you’ve only got two hours til you need to get dinner on the table, but just promise me that at least once in your life you’ll try the full 8 hours! Patience my friends.

Four pork chops bathed in marinade in a shallow baking dish.

Grill pork chops, covered on a preheated grill over medium heat. We’re shooting for 10-15 on each side or until a meat thermometer reaches 145 degrees. Don’t forget to flip!

Four pork chops on a grill grate.

To baste or not to baste? Everyone’s got their own personal preference but we’re a basting family over here. Use a grill-safe silicone basting brush or a bulb baster to cover the grilled pork chops with our tasty marinade. Basting helps to keep the meat moist and also adds flavor.

Pork chops on a grill being brushed by a basting brush.

Remove from the grill and let the meat stand for 5 minutes before serving. I know! You’re like, really?!? I gotta wait? But during cooking the juices run up to the surface. By letting meat stand, the juices flow back down into the meat and the meat is juicier and not dried out. You can thank me later! Now dig in already!!! Pair Grilled Pork Chops with our Cheesy Grilled Potatoes or Foil Packet Italian Veggies and you’ve got yourself a meal.

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Best Grilled Pork Chops Marinade

June 4, 2019
: 4 servings
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 4 boneless pork loin chops (at least 1 inch thick)
Directions
  • Step 1 Combine the Worcestershire sauce, fresh parsley, balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, olive oil, minced garlic, black pepper and cayenne pepper in a shallow dish. Place the pork chops in the marinade, cover and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.
  • Step 2 Grill pork chops, covered on a preheated grill over medium heat. We’re shooting for 10-15 on each side or until a meat thermometer reaches 145 degrees. Don’t forget to flip! Baste several times throughout cooking.
  • Step 3 Remove from the grill. Let the meat stand for 5 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

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Watermelon Cucumber Salad

Watermelon Cucumber Salad

Watermelon Cucumber Salad is the salad I’ve been missing all my life! Our garden is overflowing with cucumbers right about now and my hubby is. In. His. Glory!! But I’m not the type to just sit there and munch on a plain cucumber all on […]

My All Time Favorite Steak Marinade!

My All Time Favorite Steak Marinade!

This is my all time favorite steak marinade for grilled steaks! I’ve shared this recipe with literally EVERYONE I know and now it’s time to share it with you! Now I must confess, I was never really a big steak eater. I was a total […]

Foil Packet Italian Veggies

Foil Packet Italian Veggies

We hosted a Memorial Day picnic last Monday for my family. It was so much fun and all that cooking and BBQ-ing got me amped up to grill out….All. Summer. Long! Well that and maybe the fact that we had a little stretch of almost 90 degree weather here in Buffalo. Ugh!! It was so hot and sweaty and don’t even get me started on that humidity girlfriend!! All the more reason to shut off the oven and take the cooking outside. We absolutely love to grill just about ANYTHING…..meat, veggies, heck even a dessert or two. But you don’t have to be a grill master to whip up one of my favorite summer sides, Foil Packet Italian Veggies. You guys!! This mixed veggie medley is simply AMAZING!!! I love that it has a little bit of everything so makes everyone happy. AND of course since it cooks in a foil packet it’s easy clean up, which I am all about too. This versatile vegetable mash up is lightly seasoned, cooks up perfectly tender in a matter of minutes, and pairs well with just about anything you can toss on the grill. Fire up the grill and let’s get cooking!

Here’s all you’ll need: red, yellow, and orange peppers, baby carrots, green beans, plum tomatoes, white vinegar, olive oil, dried oregano and pepper.

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Minimal prep work is all that’s needed to take your weeknight dinner from boring to fabulous! Foil Packet Italian Veggies are great because they’re easiest enough to whip up for your gamily any night of the week but also a colorful side dish that will impress your guests. First we need to cut the peppers into thin strips. I like to use 3 different color peppers because they’re just so pretty!! You could swap out with a green pepper, or do all reds, whatever combination you like is fine by me!

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Next add the peppers to a large bowl. Add the carrots and the beans and toss to combine. Baby carrots and pre cut beans will shave a few minutes off your prep time. When it comes to grilling and summer cooking my motto is the easier the better!! So cut those corners when needed!

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Roll our a sheet of aluminum foil, think approximately 24″X12″ in size. I ALWAYS have the heavy duty stuff on hand. It’s the best to grill with! Spray the foil with regular ‘ole kitchen cooking spray. Spread the veggies over top leaving a few inch gap around the outside. Then quarter the tomatoes and place then on top. Seriously look how gorgeous this dish is already!!

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Next in a small bowl, whisk together the oil, vinegar, oregano and pepper. You can really use any seasoning that you like. Basil or Rosemary would also be a great to try! Mmm! Italian seasonings are my favorite! Pour the mixture over top of the veggies. Make sure they’re all covered!

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Place another piece of foil (the same size approximately 24″X12″) on top of the veggies. Fold over the edges a few times to form a packet. Be sure that the edges are sealed tightly. If you stick with me and my blog recipes you’ll be a foil packet wizard by the end of summer! Love those things!!

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Place the foil packet on a preheated grill, over medium heat and cook for 15-20 minutes or until the veggies are tender. My grill cooks H-O-T so 17 minutes was just about right on the money for our grill. Keep the grill covered throughout cooking.

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With oven mitts or heat safe gloves, carefully unfold the edges of the foil packet. Open foil carefully to allow steam to escape. Serve on this lovely foil platter or transfer to a serving dish. There’s nothing better than a plate full of fresh summer veggies!! If you love skipping the dishes as much as I do then you’ve gotta try our Cheesy Grilled Potatoes!

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Foil Packet Italian Veggies

June 4, 2018
: 6
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 1 each medium sweet red, yellow, and orange peppers julienned
  • 1 cup fresh baby carrots
  • 1 cup fresh green beans
  • 4 plum tomatoes, quartered
  • 3 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
Directions
  • Step 1 Cut the peppers into thin strips. In a large bowl, combine the peppers, carrots and green beans. Toss to combine.
  • Step 2 Roll our a sheet of aluminum foil, think approximately 24″X12″ in size. Spread the veggies over top leaving a few inch gap around the outside. Quarter the tomatoes and place then on top.
  • Step 3 In a small bowl, whisk together the oil, vinegar, oregano and pepper. Pour the mixture over top of the veggies.
  • Step 4 Place another piece of foil (the same size approximately 24″X12″) on top of the veggies. Fold over the edges a few times to form a packet. Be sure that the edges are sealed tightly.
  • Step 5 Place the foil packet on a preheated grill, over medium heat and cook for 15-20 minutes or until the veggies are tender. With oven mitts or heat safe gloves, carefully unfold the edges of the foil packet. Open foil carefully to allow steam to escape. Enjoy!!

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Smoky Corn on the Cob

Smoky Corn on the Cob

The joys of summer! It’s the smell of fresh cut grass on a sunny day. It’s the splish splash of a relaxing pool day. It’s the warm sun on your face. It’s the sound of the ice cream truck coming down the street. It’s the […]

Creamy Bacon Ranch Potato Salad

Creamy Bacon Ranch Potato Salad

My husband LOVES himself a good classic macaroni salad! Mayo, onion, celery, tuna….there in lies our problem. I hate the smell of tuna! I can eat it if it’s mixed in, but I really don’t like to be around just straight up tuna if I […]