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Grill Seekers

Grilling recipes for every personality type
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Grilling season should be about simplicity. Throw some meat or fish on the barbie, add a vegetable and call it dinner. But sometimes there are just too many good options out there to choose from.

If you’ve ever found yourself scrolling through summer recipes for hours, trying to identify the perfect one for your next BBQ, check out the list below (or just head straight to the end, because that’s you). We’ve got you covered with 11 grilling recipes to choose from based on your personality.

① For the Ambitious-but-Actually-Lazy Griller: Grilled Clams with Garlic Butter

This dish is really low lift but will definitely impress a crowd. The clams cook in their own juices, so all you need to do is throw them onto the grill, then toss them in garlic butter when they’re done. Final step: Pat yourself on the back for fooling everyone into thinking you slaved away for hours.

② For the Spice Lover: Jerk Chicken

The peppers in this marinade are so hot we recommend wearing gloves while you’re handling them. If that weren’t enough, the recipe also calls for black peppercorns, ginger and allspice berries, to name a few. Spicy enough for ya?

③ For the Planner: Grilled Rib Eye and Prawns

Among the garlic confit, the potatoes and the vanilla butter, this recipe contains multiple components you can—and should—prep ahead of time. That makes you feel really, really good, doesn’t it?

④ For the Romantic: Burrata with Grilled Bread and Anchovies

Could there be a dreamier dish than creamy burrata spread onto warm, just-grilled bread, topped with a delicate anchovy and drizzled with a Champagne vinegar dressing? We didn’t think so.

⑤ For the Boozehound: Bourbon Chile Barbecue Chicken

If you haven’t finished off all the bourbon yet, use some in this epic marinade. It’s hot and smoky (just like you).

⑥ For the Beer Geek: Beer-Can Chicken

If you’re judging this recipe, just move along. This true American classic produces a chicken so flavorful and tender, it’s worth giving up a can of beer for culinary purposes. It also looks hilarious, even if you’re stone-cold sober.

⑦ For the Health Nut: Grilled Asparagus with Apricot and Pine Nut Romesco

Healthy doesn’t mean boring, which you, of all people, know well. As a loud and proud fruit and vegetable enthusiast, you can freshen up your repertoire with this unique combo.

⑧ For the Type A Personality: Whole Fish

If removing the skeleton from a whole grilled fish in one, clean go gives you a thrill, you might have what’s known as a type A personality. You probably love the act of removing pin bones one by one, too. This here recipe’s for you, friend.

⑨ For the Type B Personality: Barbecued Baby Back Ribs

Don’t mind a little mess? Feel more comfortable with a lot of mess? You want these baby back, baby back, baby back . . . Bib not included, and not necessary either.

⑩ For the Gardener: Grilled Corn and Summer Squash

Your garden is so bountiful you’re looking for any chance you get to use your produce. There’s no room on your grill for anything but vegetables, so make this lovely grilled salad.

⑪ For the Indecisive Eater: Churrasco with Grilled Scallion Chimichurri


Are you always the last person to choose an entrée at dinner, then have immediate regret one minute after ordering? Don’t box yourself in and try this mixed grill instead.

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