5 Things you can grill …
that you probably don’t.

This is the time of year that the BBQ/Grill in your backyard has gone from the fun, new, party friend, to boring, predictable, hanger-on.

You’ve done it all together. Again, and again and again. Steak, potatoes, hamburgers, sausage. Steak, potatoes, hamburgers, sausage. Chicken. Steak, potatoes, hamburgers, sausage … you get the idea. I hope. If you don’t it’s a miracle that you’re standing upright without the help of a cattle prod and an orderly.

Don’t get me wrong … for all of you who only do those things on the BBQ and only WANT to do those things, that’s O.K. by me. You motivate me on my evening runs to run faster so I can get home and make something on my own BBQ. By kilometre 4 or so I’ve usually encountered the smell of approximately 4 chicken breasts, a few steaks, 14 links of sausage and an incomprehensible amount of BBQ sauce.

It makes the run most enjoyable. The scent of airborne fabric softener in the middle of winter has the same effect. Only I never run home and do laundry.

This summer I took to throwing everything on the BBQ. For a while there it was things like work boots, exercise equipment and other personal effects. Once I’d burned through all that, I moved onto more palatable things.

Like shrimp. And beef skewers, and sweet potatoes and leafy greens. Yes. You can grill a green.

I’ve developed 5 favourites over the summer. And I would like for you to try them too. At least one of them. And I don’t want any excuses. No BBQ? Not good enough. Light a fire on the road and throw a hub cap over it. I don’t CARE. Just do what you have to do to try something new.

Potaotes 2 Peaches 2 Corn 2 Beets 2

I’ve been doing potatoes and corn on the BBQ for years, but I’ve changed my method. Sliced, the potatoes get crispier and cook faster. Yay. I used to cook corn on the grill by soaking it (unhusked) and then grilling it. Cooking it right out of the husk is infinitely better. You get a nice bit of smokey taste from the grill and some nice charring too.

Tune in next week when I show you how to successfully grill a motorcycle.


  1. Marti says:

    No bbq’d Cheez Whiz?
    How about bbq’d Cuddles?

    Where are the Girls while you’re doing all this grilling? Do they keep you company? Or do they think that wandering too close to the grill might be tempting fate?

  2. Rebecca says:

    Yeah, but can you grill Brussels sprouts?

    • JBB says:

      You certainly can! Cut in half, with some of the stem on each half. Oil coating (make sure cut face is oiled well), sprinkle with salt, grill cut-side down.

      Obviously you need large brussels sprouts and/or a narrow grill or flattop.

  3. Estee says:

    and what about romaine???

    • Karen says:

      I personally have never grilled Romaine, but yes, you can grill romaine. Not like the swiss chard though. The chard you want to go a bit limp. The romaine you would probably just want a nice char on. ~ karen!

      • Call Me Patty says:

        I’ve grilled Romaine lettuce exactly like you do the swiss chard pretty much, and it is amazing. First time I did that, my husband thought I’d lost it, but he sure changed his tune when he tasted it. I cut the whole romaine in 1/2, lengthwise, brush with olive oil, and salt/pepper. Grill 1 to 1-1/2min. per side, just until charred. When done, I drizzle a little more olive oil and some freshly squeezed lemon juice.

  4. Amie Mason says:

    Large field mushrooms, skin side down, with the top filled with danish feta & basil pesto – vegie-porn! Serious omm-nommy food. I also love grilled beans, zucchini & baby eggplant.

    Do you ever cook lamb chops on the BBQ? I’m wondering if lamb is more of an Aussie thing…

    I can’t wait for Summer; the husband slow cooks ribs, rabbit & duck in the Webber then chars them on the BBQ. Sooooo good!

  5. Pam'a says:

    We grilled our used check registers one year before we got our paper shredder…

  6. Barbie says:

    Never thought of grilling potatoes! Thanks Karen!
    BTW…ever tried grilling a whole onion? Wrap in foil with butter and grill for about an hour…sooooo hummy

  7. Pat says:

    Yes, the potatoes almost, kinda taste like fries without the grease! My husband cuts them lengthwise and brushes with oil, etc. We do cauliflower, peppers, zucchini, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes and the usual corn on the cob, fish and meats. Love, love the grilled vegs. If you can do swiss chard I bet you could do kale the same way?

  8. Yum! Grilled Peaches were one of the many ways I consumed my weight in peaches on the daily this summer.

  9. Sally says:

    OMG, yum to the peaches, corn and potatoes! I guess I’ll have to try the chard and beets. If they are as good as the others, it will be a real winner.

  10. Hubcap? brilliant idea, if I hadn’t given away the 3 hubcaps I had in my driveway. Seriously. just 3 weeks ago!
    peaches also lovely if you put a little ball of marzipan in the groove when you turn them over, yummy! Also some chopped white choc mixed with the nuts on top: what a way to eat fruit!

  11. Tigersmom says:

    We’re actually awaiting getting to use our grill. Something about standing next to a fire in 100 plus degree temps makes us lose our appetite for anything cooked and get cravings for cereal and delivery.

    I love corn grilled in the husk, but now I’m eager to try your method. So much quicker. And the potatoes, too. And we loooooove beets. Never done those on the grill either. Once again, you drag us out of a rut.

    I wonder what the smell of burning exercise equipment would inspire a passing runner to do. Stop? Turn around and go home and lie on the couch? Stop for donuts on the way?

  12. Adrienne says:

    You’re right, the grill is the most delicious method for corn. Two of my other favorites are zucchini and pizza. Pizza on the grill is heavenly. Slathered with lots of olive oil, some cornmeal on the bottom, plenty of sauce and cheese, and that fire toasted crust is nearly impossible to beat.

    The only thing that might beat it is grilled well done work boots…but only in concept. 😉

  13. Mary Kay says:

    Did you ever doing any smoking on your grill? With apple wood or mesquite? We have done a turkey and pork loin – it takes a few hours so we only do this when we know we are going to be home most of the afternoon on the weekend. The smells coming out of that grill – ohhhh yum.

    • Karen says:

      Mary Kay – Before I got my smoker I did do some smoking on my grill. It’s great! The only trouble I had was keeping the temp. of the BBQ low enough. 🙁 ~ karen!

  14. Natika says:

    Sounds loverly! My grill is electric, hence I haven’t pulled it out even once this summer. Electric grills are just not anywhere near as fun as real fire!

    But I have a small grill drawer in my stove top, (which isn’t nearly as fun as a BBQ, but things turn out tasting more or less the same), so I might be trying some of these ideas soon!

  15. Ann says:

    Pineapple. I grill just to do pineapple. So I throw on some fish just so it doesn’t get lonely out over the coals. But honestly, I would stand out in 20 degree weather to grill my lovely pineapple

  16. Joyce says:

    How bout wrapping the corn in bacon?

  17. Maryanne says:

    Gonna try the peaches tonight! Yum.
    This is has nothing to do with grilling but
    if you want a single serving of corn on the cob the microwave does a GREAT job. It is unreal how good! Have you try it Karen? You tube Shucking Corn — Clean Ears Every time. An adorable Grandpop shows you how. Best of all you don’t need to husk. Check it out Karen.

  18. SuzyM says:

    Have you grilled any of the possessions left by the former boyfriend? Is one of them the motorcycle you mentioned? Or, are you saving them for the big neighborhood autumn bonfire?

  19. Robyn says:

    I’ve been on a Grilled Watermelon kick all summer! It completely takes on a more squash-like flavour. If you slice it about 1″ thick and leave the rind on it’s easier to flip (5min-ish each side). If I’m feeling “all-fancy” I’ll drizzle balsamic vinegar on it while grilling and use funky cookie cutters to cut shapes that I’ll then lay on a bed of fresh spinach and feta cheese. Always impresses and super yummy!

  20. Kathy says:

    These are excellent suggestions Karen. I saw a cooking show the other day and they did grilled avocado!

    • Bryan says:

      Grilled avocado – Brilliant idea! I had never had the idea of getting smoke flavor into an avocado before. Smoked avocado guacamole – yum. I am on a diet and this food porn is not what I needed. I come here for my chicken cam decompression, and then read everything else.

  21. Ev says:

    Beets? Swiss Chard? The potato idea is also intriguing. Not too much exciting grilling goes on around here! We do grill year round though, snow and all. Will be trying these ideas. Thanks! Sure could have used those piggies….

  22. Janet says:

    Zucchini! When you miss harvesting a zucchini and it grows to an impossible size, slice it in thick rounds and smear with your favourite oil. Grill, flip, and when the second side is grilling, slather it with homemade pesto (basil, olive oil, parmesan, pine nuts (but we use almonds) and garlic, salt and pepper). It is DELICIOUS!

  23. Lynne says:

    Mmmmm. Grilled peaches. It’s really magic what some grilling can do for them.

    I first had grilled peaches several years ago Рa local french bistro (now sadly defunct) served them for dessert with their prix fix̩e menu one summer. Half a peach with a dollop of good quality vanilla ice cream is a thing of beauty.

  24. Kim says:

    Asparagus tossed in olive oil and minced garlic, that’s grilled till just tender-crisp tastes almost like candy. Ditto for grilled pineapple and mango slices (but skip the olive oil and garlic!). You can buy them in a clamshell all grill-ready at Costco. Our lake grilling fave is what we call “packet potatoes” – roughly diced regular or sweet potatoes or a combo of both, with diced onion, drizzled in olive oil and all wrapped up in tin foil and grilled for about 25 – 30 minutes, turning over every 10 minutes. No salt or pepper needed. They become caramelized and so delicious.

    Looking forward to trying the chard and peaches.

  25. Ella says:

    I love grilled peaches! I also love grilled EGGPLANT!

  26. Laura K says:

    Last night’s dinner – Steak, sliced potatoes, and peaches for dessert – all done on the grill!
    Salad and scalloped corn were done indoors though.

  27. Cathy says:

    When I was a young pup in the 70s, a gourmand I knew grilled green onions. They are exquisite!

  28. Mary Werner says:

    But how do you clean your grill. Mine just gets burned off which I doubt cleans it and probably adds way too many carcinogens. I read somewhere that laying the hot grill on wet newspaper then topping with more wet newspaper steamed it clean. Never tried it but sure sounds easy. But did I mention I don’t grill? My son-in-law does and I just wanted to see how to properly clean it. So I can say I told you so.

    • Karen says:

      Mary – “Burning off” your grill is fine. Once surface temperatures reach 600 degrees, not only the food burns off, but the soot and creosote type stuff as well. (not really creosote on a bbq, but you know what I mean). You can try t his method too … https://www.theartofdoingstuff.com/quickly-clean-your-bbq-grill/ Just be careful to stay by the BBQ cause it can burst into flames. Seriously, LOL. ~ karen!

    • Karen Young says:

      I bought my brother a ‘Grill Daddy” last year and he loved it so much he gifted his friends with one each so I bought myself one. It steams the grill while you brush the the metal brush. Easy and fast.

  29. Randi says:

    I have found that work boots and exercise equipment bbq better if you tenderize them first with blunt instruments.

  30. toekneetoni says:

    great ideas and simple! will try.

  31. West Coast Nan says:

    Grilled brocolli – my kids will eat this before anything else on their plate. They even fought over the last piece one time. That was when I knew I had done something right – who fights over vegetables?

    • Karen says:

      Grilled broccoli is GREAT! I don’t even cut it up. I just take about 1/4 of a head, brush it with olive oil all over and put it right on the grill! ~ karen

  32. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    OK..I was going to try grilled corn with the soak in husk method but I will try it your way instead..How can the corn get any flavor if it is still all wrapped up in the husk..Wish I could have been there to watch you BBQ those “personal effects”..I have a few I would have enjoyed tossing on the fire..lol

  33. Rhonda says:

    We grilled an Avacado the other night and it was really delicious!!!

    Cut it in half, remove the seed, drizzle with olive oil and cook, skin side up, on low heat for 15 – 20 minutes. Let cool a bit, scoop out of skin. Yummy with lemon juice and salt 🙂

  34. Nancy says:

    I have a grill skillet that I use a lot in winter to feel a little summery. I’ve grilled squash (both winter and summer) on it with great results. I grill anything I can on it. When I grill outside I use the wood grill and the SO uses the gas grill. I won’t part with my little wood grill. Somehow it makes things taste a little more summery.

  35. Trying the corn tonight!

  36. Marion says:

    We always grill asparagus, it’s so good with that smokey, charred flavor! And we’ve grilled the potatoes (and sweet potatoes!) like that before and they are delicious! We usually drizzle corn (unhusked) with olive oil and salt and pepper, then wrap in tin foil to cook. mmmm I’m hungry now and it’s not even lunch time!

  37. Marsha Jean says:

    Gosh, Karen, you make my day! I’m going to try thr greens this weekend. Keep the laughs coming,

  38. Bre Quantrill says:

    I’m embarassed to say I thought you were grilling rhubarb.:S

  39. Shauna says:

    Very yummy. We love to grill corn on the bbq as well. Want to kick it up another notch? Make it Mexican style (called Elote) by slathering on a mixture of butter, mayonnaise, cilantro and lime juice, then sprinkling with cotija (pronounced ko-tee-ha) cheese (you could use grated parmesan if you can’t find cotija in your neck of the woods). Sprinkle on top of that some chili powder or paprika. DEEEEELICIOUS!

  40. Venesa says:

    I just got a bottle of very yummy chocolate balsamic vinegar. I see some grilled peaches in my future, drizzled with that!!

  41. valerie says:

    Tip for cleaning the BBQ:
    Before you turn the flame on use a can piercer type can opener and run the V part between the grate openings. This clears all the old burnt food off and it drops down. Now turn the flame on and everything vanishes, eventually.

  42. Laura Bee` says:

    Oohhh, you didn’t say it, but I can spot goat cheese a mile away. I have to try the beets!
    I have no idea why we don’t bbq more. Well, I do actually. The bbq freaks me out a little (but I love food from the grill) And hubby is a chef & can do great things, but doesn’t understand what the big deal is with bbq’s. So unless I ask him – he does not bbq! Sigh…

  43. Kari says:

    I love the charred chard, lol. I want to serve that and then laugh like the nerd I am when they ask what it is. :p I’ve never done potatoes on the grill but that sounds goooooood…

  44. Jeni says:

    You people will grill anything – stay off my land.

  45. I am doing pickled beets this weekend as I am chicken sitting in my new chicken daycare (KFC) for my travelling neighbors (It`s finally done) and figured the chickens would like some beet tops. I am definitely going to try your beet recipe. Pinning!! 🙂

  46. Mindy says:

    Our kitchen has been torn up all summer, so I’ve become quite the BBQ master, but I’ve yet to try beets. I’m all over ’em….

  47. JoburgGirl says:

    Some great ideas, thanks! For me summer is just beginning on my side of the world. Time to dust off the old BBQ (or “braai”, where I come from) 🙂
    Happy days!!!!

  48. Erica says:

    My aunt makes cheesecake on the grill.

  49. Agnes says:

    Hey lady…the last 4 images on this page aren’t loading! Just funny little icons there.

  50. TL Walker says:

    “Kick it up a notch”! let me guess…being married sucked so you played the Sims…now that you are single real life is better?

    • Karen says:

      Well, I don’t actually know what the Sims is, so nope. Didn’t play it. And being married didn’t suck at all. Loved it. Love single too, but loved married as well. ~ karen!

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