Easy Summer BBQ & Grilling Recipes Your Family will Love

When it comes to favorite foods, barbecue seems to be the answer to a variety of dinner menu dilemmas. Needing a quick dinner? BBQ! Hankerin’ for comfort foods? BBQ! Feeding a crowd without breaking the budget? BBQ! Perfect meal for a grill or even the slow cooker that won’t heat up the kitchen? BBQ! You get the idea! Not only is it the answer to #AllTheQuestions, there are as many recipes for BBQ as there are occasions to enjoy it. And that’s precisely why I’ve gathered up the quintessential list of BBQ & Grilling recipes that your family is sure to love!

BBQ & Grilling Recipes for the Perfect Backyard Gatherings

For the Surf Lovers…

And the Turf Lovers…

And we can’t forget Chicken …

  • A few years ago, Kim shared this recipe for Chicken and Veggies Foil Packets on the Grill. Simple, tasty and virtually no cleanup!
  • For those of you who prefer a little kick, this BBQ Pepper Jack Chicken uses Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce, our family favorite, and pepper jack for a quick 4-ingredient grilled dinner.
  • These BBQ Chicken Fajitas start with a great idea like Chicken Fajitas and take it up a few notches with grilling and BBQ. Yum!

  • If you’re looking for the secret to the perfect grilled chicken legs, you’ll find it in my BBQ Chicken Legs recipe. Shhh!

And then there’s Pork … and Pizza …

  • The flavor of this Easy Grilled Pizza is hard to beat, and it’s a perfect assemble-yourself dinner for each family member or guest while enjoying some together time outdoors.

No Grill? No problem! How about some awesome BBQ flavors in your slow cooker or instant pot?

  • For all you coffee lovers, these Red Eye BBQ Ribs will absolutely make your day!
  • My Chili Sauce Chicken Legs are a wonderful blend of sweet and spicy.
  • Zingy BBQ Chicken packs a powerful flavor punch by combining two classic marinades in one recipe. Check it out!
  • Peach Pulled Pork Sliders are a delicious combination of pulled pork, peach salsa and Hawaiian rolls, and it includes a perfect side recipe of Apple Cole Slaw.I’m not really sure why I decided to combine the ingredients I did for these

 And a little more Grilling and Barbecue goodness

Did you know that you can make these EASY Freezer Marinades, pour them over frozen meat and pop them back in the freezer until you’re ready to pull them out and toss them on the grill? It’s true. Simple. Tasty. Everybody wins!

  • And while your meat is marinating and grilling, here are a few perfect Barbeque sides to add to the table.
  • Before you shut the grill down, toss some pineapple slices on for this wonderfully sweet and light Grilled Pineapple Dessert.

Granted, June is designated as National Barbecue Month and that’s a good enough reason to bust out your favorite barbecue sauce and try some of the recipes above. But let’s be honest, BBQ & grilling isn’t just for June or even summer for that matter. Is there a better way to brighten up a cold winter day than a slow cooker barbecue dinner? Let’s hear it for menus that are tasty problem-solvers all year round!

Happy grilling!

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50s Prime Time Burgers

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A couple of weeks ago I printed off an Eat at Home Meal Plan that included 50s Prime Time Meatloaf.  I love that meatloaf, but I really wanted to grill out instead.

Thankfully, I realized that the meatloaf recipe would make fantastic burgers!  I adapted it by skipping the bread crumbs and eggs, but using the rest of the ingredients.  It made wonderful burgers that had lots of flavor and were very moist.

I chose to top the burgers with white American cheese.  That was really good, but I think next time I’ll try cheddar instead.

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Pressure Cooker Chicken Cacciatore Sandwiches

Chicken Cacciatore Sandwich in the Pressure Cooker

I’ve been trying to experiment with the pressure cooker more lately. As I’ve said before, the decision to use a pressure cooker or slow cooker is entirely dependent on your timing. If you would rather get your prep done early in the day and/or you want to eat as soon as you walk in the door in the evening, the slow cooker is the way to go.

On the other hand, if you have 30-40 minutes before dinner and/or you forgot to load the slow cooker in the morning, drag out the pressure cooker.

Recipes often state the cook time for the pressure cooker to be mere minutes. While this is true, it isn’t the whole truth. The cook time doesn’t take into account the amount of time for the cooker to reach full pressure or how long the pressure release takes.

This recipe for Pressure Cooker Chicken Cacciatore Sandwiches is based on the Slow Cooker version. Instead of serving it with pasta, I decided to make a sandwich out of it.

We love hot sandwiches, and this was no exception. Sandwich meals are great if you need to eat in shifts or if you’re in a hurry. Sides can be kept simple and it’s easy to pile the filling on a bun.

The ingredients are all very basic, but I failed to snap a photo of them this time.

Chicken Cacciatore Sandwich

I started this with frozen chicken tenders and it worked great.

Pressure Cooker Chicken Cacciatore Sandwiches

Serves: 6-8 servings

Ingredients
  • 2 lb. frozen chicken tenders
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 red pepper, sliced
  • 1 green pepper, sliced
  • 14 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • ¼ cup red wine, broth or water
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • ¾ tsp. basil
  • 1 bay leaf
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Sandwich buns
  • Sliced mozzarella or provolone cheese
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in order listed in pressure cooker, except cheese and buns.
  2. Cook on high pressure for 14 minutes.
  3. Do a quick pressure release.
  4. Remove lid and shred chicken with two forks.
  5. Serve meat on buns topped with cheese.

While that’s cooking, go ahead and check out my 10 Best Instant Pot Accessories post for more tips to get the most out of your Instant Pot.

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21 Slow Cooker Sandwiches

Sandwiches are the classic “I need to feed my family–quick!” kind of meals. But quick and easy doesn’t have to mean PBJ or BLTs night after night. There are lots of delicious things to serve between two slices of bread.  Like these over 20 slow cooker sandwiches that you can throw into your slow cooker in the morning and forget about until dinner time. They’re life savers for us during the summer–or any busy time of the year! There’s enough variety that even if we ate sandwiches for a week straight, we’d probably not be tired of them.

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The slow cooker is such a time saver. And when it’s hot–not having to heat up the kitchen is a huge bonus. And thanks to the slow cooker, you get to enjoy big, juicy flavorful sandwiches without slaving over the stove or grill for hours on hot or busy days.  That’s my kind of dinner!

If you want to see how easy these sandwiches are, check out the FB Live demo I did of getting Peach Pulled Pork BBQ in the slow cooker and making up the delicious apple slaw that goes with it!

20 Sandwiches in the Slow Cooker

1. Hawaiian BBQ Sandwiches are a fresh twist on an old favorite with BBQ, pineapple, and provolone.

2. Jerk Chicken Sandwiches are a delightful combo of jerk chicken and cucumber mango salsa.

3. Chicken Bacon & Ranch Sandwiches with creamy slaw are like a sandwich version of this favorite salad flavor profile.

4. Chicken Philly Sandwiches, because a Philly Sandwich doesn’t always have to be beef!

5. Did you know that you can whip up these BBQ Chicken Sandwiches by simply tossing the ingredients in the slow cooker and turning it on? It’s true, you don’t even have to stir them up!

6. Chicken Cordon Bleu Sandwiches – for when you want to serve up the goodness of without the usual prepping and cooking fuss. You’re welcome!

7. Cilantro Lime Chicken Sandwiches pack a refreshing twist of Mexican flavor!

8. Balsamic Chicken Sandwiches from Robin at Add a Pinch

9. Beef Shwarma is made of tender middle-Eastern flavored beef and cucumber-yogurt sauce stuffed in pocket bread.

 

10. Beef Gyros are a tasty twist on the usual roasted lamb gyros.

11. French Dip Sandwiches in the slow cooker are such classic goodness that the whole family is sure to love.

 

12. These African Pulled Beef Sandwiches with yogurt mint sauce are based on a sandwich introduced a few years ago at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. They have just enough kick to give them a great flavor without burning your tongue.

13. Italian Beef Sandwiches are full of flavor with a bit of a kick, and they’re absolutely delicious!

14. Pizza Steak Sandwiches – for those who love meat on top of their meat. This one’s for you!

15. Just when you thought a Bacon Cheeseburger couldn’t get any better, we put the bacon in the burger instead of sliding around on top of the patty.

 

16. What happens when you add pasta sauce to an Italian Sausage Sandwich? Italian Sausage and Pepper Subs complete with provolone cheese and the goodness of Italian spices, of course!

17. Peach BBQ Pork Sliders are such a fun and casual way to enjoy BBQ, pork and peach salsa in one tasty sandwich, and add a bit of apple slaw. Yum!

 

18. Pork and Gravy Sandwiches can be served as a “regular” sandwich or open-faced with an extra serving of gravy poured over the top.

19. BBQ Peach Pulled Pork add the sweetness of peach salsa to the classic BBQ pork sandwich.

 

20. Two ingredients and a slow cooker are all you need for these flavorful Beer Brats and an easy dinner.

21. Peach BBQ Pork Sliders are such a fun and casual way to enjoy BBQ, pork and peach salsa in one tasty sandwich, and add a bit of apple slaw. Yum!

 

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Pressure Cooker Re-do – Jerk Chicken Sandwiches

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The other day, I decided to alter the recipe for Slow Cooker Jerk Chicken Sandwiches with Cucumber Mango Salsa and make it work for the pressure cooker.  Honestly, I didn’t have high hopes.  I’ve been thinking that all this pressure cooking frenzy going on around the interwebs was a bunch of craziness.

And then I tried it for myself.

Now, I will say that the sandwich meat isn’t as tender in the pressure cooker, but it was still good.  The key to knowing which appliance to use is knowing what the timing of your day is like.

If you have time to put the food into the slow cooker in the morning, then that’s the way to go.  But if you have more time in the afternoon (hands on time is still short), and can wait 30 or so minutes for dinner, then the pressure cooker is your friend.

Pressure cooker jerk chicken sandwiches

I used chicken tenders that were still frozen.  I set the pressure cooker for a 12 minute cook time.  The total time it took was about 30 minutes, including the time to come up to pressure, cook and pressure release.

Pressure Cooker Jerk Chicken Sandwiches

Serves: 6-8 servings

Ingredients
  • 2 lbs. frozen chicken tenders
  • 16 oz. jerk marinade
  • 1 mango
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1-2 Tbsp. lime juice
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Rolls, for serving
Instructions
  1. Place chicken, still frozen, in pressure cooker.
  2. Pour jerk marinade over chicken.
  3. Set timer on pressure cooker for 12 minutes.
  4. When cooking time is done, do a quick pressure release.
  5. Shred meat and serve.
  6. While chicken cooks, peel and dice the mango. Dice the cucumber. Toss together with lime juice and salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

You might also be interested in The 10 Best Instant Pot Accessories for getting the most out of your Instant Pot.

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Slow Cooker Cilantro Lime Chicken Sandwiches

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Slow cooker sandwiches are one of my favorite meals.  They work so well for several scenarios:

  • They can handle a long cook time.
  • They are perfect for feeding people in shifts.
  • The leftovers make great lunches or dinners.
  • Sandwiches don’t require complicated side dishes – also great for shift eating.

For these Cilantro Lime Chicken Sandwiches, I used a new Hidden Valley® Ranch Dressing flavor. Hidden Valley® has four new flavors :

  • Hidden Valley® Ranch Buffalo dressing
  • Hidden Valley® Ranch Honey BBQ dressing
  • Hidden Valley® Ranch Sriracha dressing
  • Hidden Valley® Ranch Cilantro Lime dressing

Any of the flavors will work in this recipe, but we really liked the taste of the Cilantro Lime dressing.  It added a brightness to the chicken with the fresh taste of cilantro and the citric splash of lime.

The dish starts with chicken and seasonings.  Creamy dressing is added near the end of cooking and served with the sandwiches too.

I picked up my ingredients from Walmart.  It’s so easy to run into Walmart and grab everything I need at once.  There’s a coupon for Hidden Valley® you can download here that will save you $0.75 on a 12oz or 16oz bottle.

In addition to the Hidden Valley® Ranch Cilantro Lime dressing, I used quite a few spices to season chicken tenders.

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Slow Cooker Cilantro Lime Chicken Sandwiches

Serves: 8 servings

Ingredients
  • 2 - 2.5 lbs. boneless chicken or chicken tenders
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • ½ tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • ½ tsp. onion powder
  • ½ tsp. thyme
  • ½ - 1 cup Hidden Valley Ranch Cilantro Lime dressing
  • 8 sandwich buns
  • lettuce and tomato for serving, optional
Instructions
  1. Place chicken in slow cooker.
  2. Sprinkle spices over chicken, tossing to coat chicken with spices.
  3. Cook on high 5-6 hours or low 7-8 hours.
  4. Shred chicken.
  5. Stir dressing into chicken, using enough to make it as creamy as you'd like.
  6. Serve on sandwich buns, topped with lettuce and tomato if desired.


Cilantro Lime Chicken Sandwich

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf ofHidden Valley® Ranch. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Tomato, Pesto Chicken Quesadillas with Alfredo Dipping Sauce

Tomato Pesto Chicken Quesadillas with Alfredo Dipping Sauce

Chicken Quesadillas are one of our favorite easy meals.  I decided to give them a different spin by swapping out the Mexican flavors for Italian instead.  Since it’s March Madness time, I’m even more motivated to keep the food simple and fun.

We spent part of last weekend watching UK win the SEC tournament.  And tomorrow, the NCAA tournament starts.  We’re hoping to see UK go far in this one!

These are very fast to make.  In fact, if it weren’t for whipping up the easy, homemade Alfredo sauce, these would be a 15 minute recipe.  Even with the sauce, they are really fast to fix.

Here’s what you’ll need:

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You can’t see the chicken in the back of this photo, but there is a bag of cooked chicken there.  I really like to keep rotisserie chicken in the freezer for quick recipes like this.  You can use leftover chicken instead though.  I also think this would be good with Italian sausage instead of chicken.

I used Red Gold diced tomatoes.  They are Non GMO and have a Non-BPA liner in the can.  I was fortunate to visit the Red Gold facilities last September during the tomato harvest.  From the family who owns Red Gold to the people who work there to the process they use for canning the tomatoes – everything was so impressive.  You can see my post about the quality of Red Gold tomatoes here.

Back to the quesadillas.  This recipe is easy to tweak and make it your own.  I used chicken, pesto, Red Gold tomatoes and mozzarella cheese to stuff the tortillas.  Feel free to alter the amounts of these to your own taste.

Tomato, Pesto Chicken Quesadillas with Alfredo Dipping Sauce

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Serves: 6 servings

Ingredients
For the Alfredo Dipping Sauce
  • 2 Tbs. butter
  • 1 Tbs. flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
For the Quesadillas
  • 2-3 cups cooked, chopped chicken
  • 1 can Red Gold diced tomatoes, drained
  • 3-4 Tbs. pesto sauce
  • 1-2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 6-8 flour tortillas
  • cooking spray or oil
Instructions
For the Alfredo Dipping Sauce
  1. Melt butter in skillet over medium heat.
  2. Whisk in flour and cook 1 minute.
  3. Whisk in milk till smooth.
  4. Stir in Parmesan and melt over medium heat, stirring often. Be careful not to let sauce boil.
  5. Season with salt and pepper.
For Quesadillas
  1. In a large bowl, combine chicken, tomatoes, pesto and mozzarella.
  2. Spread chicken mixture on half of tortilla and place in a skillet or griddle that has been oiled or sprayed with cooking spray.
  3. Fold tortilla over the filling. Cook over medium heat till brown.
  4. Flip tortilla to brown the other side.
  5. Remove from skillet and cut in wedges.
  6. Serve with Alfredo sauce.

You’re going to want to give these Tomato, Pesto Chicken Quesadillas a try no matter which team you’re cheering for during March Madness.  Or even if basketball isn’t your thing, find a time to give these a try.

Disclosure: This recipe was created for Red Gold.  I have been compensated for my time, however all opinions are my own.

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Peanut Butter, Apple, Pecan Sandwiches – Back to School Lunch

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Back to school time is here and with it, lunch packing duty.  It can be hard to strike a balance between having variety in the lunch box and sticking with ingredients that you have on hand.

This recipe does just that by using common ingredients that are packed with fall flavor.  Peanut butter, cream cheese, apple, cinnamon and pecans make a great combo!

Feel free to substitute too.  Use almond butter or sunflower seed butter instead of peanut butter.  Use a different type of nut.  Try it with pears instead of apples.

Here’s what you’ll need to make the sandwiches:

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Peanut Butter, Apple, Pecan Sandwiches

Serves: 2 sandwiches

Ingredients
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • 1 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • ¼ tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 Tbs. chopped pecans
  • ½ small apple, peeled and diced
  • 4 slices Nature's Own bread
Instructions
  1. Stir peanut butter and cream cheese together.
  2. Add honey, cinnamon, pecans and apples. Stir to combine.
  3. Spread on bread to make two sandwiches.

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Nature’s Own Bread is kicking off back to school with a #LunchBoxCreations contest.  You can enter by submitting your photo or video to http://lunchboxcreationssweeps.com .  Four winners will be chosen and each will win a $250 grocery store gift card!

  1. How to Enter
    1. Visit http://lunchboxcreationssweeps.com and  submit a photo or video of your favorite sandwich creation using Nature’s Own bread, and submit the entry, as directed, between 12:00 AM ET on 8/17/15 and 11:59 PM ET on09/15/15.
    2. Any entries submitted after September 15th, at 11:59 PM ET will be ineligible.
    3. Entrants can either submit a link of their video or photo from Vine, Instagram, or YouTube, or can upload their own photo as directed on the sweepstakes form.
    4. A photo submission counts as one (1) entry.
    5. A video submission counts as five (5) entries.
    6. Only one submission per person per sweepstakes.

For inspiration – and to show that anyone can make a video! – here’s the video I made with my youngest daughter, Mia.  We were doing a “dry run” of a school morning.  We homeschool, but she goes to a cottage school three days a week and packs her own lunch on those days.  She’s a great lunch packer and consistently has the most variety of anyone in the family.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Nature’s Own. The opinions and text are all mine.

You can also find Nature’s Own on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.

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Homemade Turkey Sausage Burgers

Homemade Turkey Sausage Burgers on English Muffins

 

This recipe is a breakfast-y spin on burgers.  It’s also a great way to take plain, ground turkey and season it like sausage.  I’m all about using what you’ve got on hand, and I’m more likely to have ground turkey than sausage.  But I do make sure to keep the pantry stocked with McCormick spices, so seasoning the meat is a great option.

I served the turkey sausage burgers, draped with melted Colby-Jack cheese, piled high with lettuce and tomato stacked on toasted English muffins.  A bit of mayo topped things off.

Eat this sandwich for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner.  No matter what meal, you won’t be disappointed. If you like eggs, try add a poached egg on top of the sausage.

Here’s what you’ll need to make the turkey sausage burgers:

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Homemade Turkey Sausage Burgers

Serves: 6 servings

Ingredients
  • 2 lbs. Ground turkey
  • 1½ tsp. Kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. Black pepper
  • 1½ tsp. Rubbed sage
  • 1½ tsp. Ground thyme
  • 1 tsp. Rosemary
  • ¼ tsp. Smoked paprika
  • 1 Tbs. Brown sugar
  • 6 slices Colby-Jack or Cheddar cheese
  • English muffins
  • Lettuce and tomato
  • Mayonnaise
Instructions
  1. Mix the turkey, all the spices and the brown sugar together until well combined.
  2. Form the meat into 6 patties.
  3. Grill or cook in a skillet until cooked through.
  4. Top the patties with cheese.
  5. Serve on toasted English muffins, topped with lettuce and tomato and served with mayonnaise.

Feel free to vary the spices and herbs to your own taste. If you like spicy things, you might like to add McCormick Red Pepper Flakes or Cayenne Pepper to the mix.

Have you ever heard the term “breakfastarian”?  I’m pretty sure I could fall into that category, because I love breakfast at any time of the day.  If that describes you too, you’ll love these Turkey Sausage Burgers!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by McCormick.  All opinions are my own.

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Slow Cooker Chicken Cordon Bleu Sandwiches

This was almost the dinner that wasn’t. I had picked up the ingredients with the intention of making chicken Cordon Bleu for dinner – and then realized that I wouldn’t be home in enough time to do the prepping and cooking necessary. Slow cooker to the rescue!

These are obviously less fancy than “real” chicken Cordon Bleu, but the flavor profile is the same and using the slow cooker makes it immensely easier for a busy night – a win-win! We gobbled these sandwiches up.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

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Slow Cooker Chicken Cordon Bleu Sandwiches
Ingredients
  • 2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • ½ lb. deli ham, diced
  • 8 oz. Swiss cheese, shredded
  • 2 tsp. Herbes de Provence (or a mixture of rosemary, thyme and oregano)
  • 11/2 cups honey mustard dressing, divided
Instructions
  1. Place the chicken on the bottom of the slow cooker. Top with ham and spices. Pour 1 cup of the dressing over. Cook on low for 6-7 hours or on high for 4-5.
  2. Remove chicken, shred and return to the slow cooker. Stir in shreded cheese and additional dressing. Cook for an additional 15 minutes. Serve on rolls.

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Kate is a home cook and new mom  from New Jersey. In addition to sharing recipes with Eat at Home readers, she blogs her cooking adventures at Kate’s Recipe Box. When she’s not in the kitchen, you can find her reading or tending to her garden.

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