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New Twists on the Grill

You know why a weekend road trip is so satisfying? Because it’s great to get away from your usual routine and see what’s going on somewhere else. I feel the same way about summer cookouts. Everyone loves ‘em, but there is such a thing as burger and dog burnout, no pun intended!

If you’re up to trying a new twist on the grill, here are a couple of personal favorites that I’m sure you will find grill-friendly and tasty too.

BBQ Chicken Drumsticks

The slow-grilling over indirect heat keeps the chicken moist and tender.

2 large cloves of garlic
2 teaspoons packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
10 Smart Chicken drumsticks
2 tablespoon olive oil
½ cup finely minced onion
¼ cup ketchup
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

Mash garlic, brown sugar, salt and pepper into a paste using a mortar and pestle or blender. Place the paste in a sealable plastic bag.

Rinse the drumsticks under cold water, pat dry and place in the bag rubbing and tossing to coat well. Refrigerate overnight or at least 8 hours.

In a small saucepan, heat oil over medium heat and cook onions until tender (about 5-7 minutes). Stir in ketchup and Worcestershire sauce and simmer for about 10 minutes. Set aside

Prepare a medium heat grill. Oil the grill and brown the drumsticks over direct heat, turning once. Once browned, move the drumsticks to indirect heat (250°F or so) and begin grilling, turning and basting with the sauce every 10 minutes until the chicken is thoroughly cooked and the juices run clear (about 40 to 45 minutes)

Garlic Butter Steaks

This recipe works well regardless of the type of steak. Just baste with butter for  the best fajitas ever.

½ cup butter
2 teaspoons garlic powder
4 cloves fresh garlic, minced
4 top sirloin steaks (10 to 12 oz each)
OR 4 boneless rib eye steaks
olive oil
Kosher salt
freshly ground black pepper

Remove steaks from refrigerator about 45 minutes prior to grilling. Drizzle olive oil on each steak, season with salt and pepper to taste, cover with plastic wrap or paper towel and place on kitchen counter.
Prepare a hot grill (450°– 600°)

Melt butter with garlic powder and minced garlic in a small sauce pan and set aside.

Grill steaks over hot direct heat for 4 to 6 minutes per side for medium rare. Remove from grill and transfer to plates. Brush both side of the steaks with garlic butter and allow to rest 2 to 3 minutes before serving.