Lori’s Favorite Summer Grilling Tips & Recipes  

Happy Summer, y’all! I’m floating on cloud nine today with the birth of my newest grandson, Parker, to Cory and Becca. He is beautiful, and we are so blessed and grateful he’s finally here and healthy. Becca was such a trooper these past nine months, suffering from some complications that had us all holding our breath, but she came through her C-section beautifully. We are so happy to cuddle our newest arrival!

We’re all here to help Cory and Becca out during her recovery, especially as they’ve grown from a family of three to a family of four. It’s not going to be easy juggling the needs of our toddler grandson Jack, with all the diapering, feeding, burping, and sleepless night’s they’ll be facing with a newborn. As a family, we made sure to plan our summer around baby Parker’s birth, so we can all be here to help Becca and Cory get on their feet.

One of the ways to ease some of that daily load is by taking care of some of their meals, so it’s one less thing they must worry about as they bond with their new, extended family. For new moms like Becca, a grilled recipe can be a lifesaver. It requires minimal effort and time in the kitchen, allowing them to spend more precious moments bonding with their little ones.

Summertime is the perfect opportunity to enjoy the taste and smells of outdoor grilling. The sounds and smells of summer are all around: the sizzle of meat on a hot grill combined with the aroma of marinades and seasonings mingling in the air.  As a Southern woman, I know firsthand that summer grilling can create unforgettable moments and bring people together. While y’all know I’m not the best cook in the kitchen, Eddie and I enjoy hosting family and friends around our grill. I enjoy the simplicity of an outdoor cookout, from marinaded meats to shrimp and vegetable skewers, and of course, my grandchildren’s favorite hot dogs.

Here are my all-time favorite grilled recipes that are perfect for a summer gathering, if you’re bringing a new mom a meal, or if it’s just a cozy dinner for two:

Lori Allen entertains outdoors at her home in Atlanta, GA
Lori Allen entertains outdoors at her home in Atlanta, GA
Lori Allen entertains outdoors at her home in Atlanta, GA
  • Lori’s Summer Grilling Tips & Recipes:

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    • Beef Kebab with Marinade – This recipe from the Pioneer Kitchen is one of my favorites, and I promise you’ll be putting this marinade on everything from meats to fish to vegetables well past summer. 
    • Spicy Apricot Wings – Grilled wings are a summer cookout staple, and I love the sweet meets spicy flavors of these chicken wings. 
    • Grilled Shrimp Skewers – The bright, citrus mixes beautifully with the garlic to pack a flavor punch in these shrimp skewers from The Pioneer Woman. Combine with some grilled French bread and your favorite salads, and it’s a perfect light meal at the end of a scorching hot day. 
    • BLT Potato Salad – Every Southern household has its favorite potato salad recipe, but this one takes it to the next level. The smokiness of the bacon gives this potato salad an unmatched richness. Don’t skimp on the bacon! 
    • Cowboy Steaks – This super thick bone-in, ribeye steaks have been having their TikTok moment for quite a while now and it’s for good reason. They look and taste great and, depending on the number of your dinner guests, one cowboy steak might be all you need. I love the broccoli and cheddar scallion spread to pair with a medium-rare steak, it adds so much flavor to the meat. 
    • Hot dogs and baked beans – If your summer grill set doesn’t include a cast iron pan, now’s the time to go out and get one. There is so much you can make on the grill in a cast iron pan. I love dessert recipes like smore’s pie in a cast iron pan, to grilled okra in a smokey tomato sauce. But if you’ve got little ones at your table, these hot dogs and baked beans will certainly hit the spot. And don’t be surprised if the adults help themselves to a scoop or two. 
    • Grilled corn with truffle oil, garlic, and parmesan – Corn on the cob is a grilling staple across America and for good reason. But you might want to save this recipe for adults-only dining. I love the flavor profile of truffle oil mixed with garlic and parmesan. You can eat it on the cob or cut it into a salad with some sugar snap peas, red pepper, cherry tomatoes, and some red onion. Yum! 
    • Old Fashioned Cherry Pie – This is technically not a grilled recipe and if you want to grill your summer fruit, I highly recommend it. There are so many delicious dishes like grilled pork and peaches, grilled stone fruit and berry cobbler with vanilla ice cream, and even grilled chicken, and nectarine salad with blue cheese. But nothing ends a summer barbecue like a big slice of cherry pie. I think this one by Country Hill Cottage is terrific; make life easier and use store-bought pie crust or follow her recipe for 3-ingredient pie dough. Either way, it’s a great way to end your meal.

So, fire up the grill, embrace the flavors of summer, and savor the joy that comes with sharing a delicious meal with the people you love. From quick and easy recipes for new moms to dishes that please a crowd, let the taste and smells of summer grilling make this season truly unforgettable. Happy grilling, y’all!

Do you have a favorite summer grill recipe you want to share? What about your all-time grill tips for those perfectly cooked and seasoned dishes? Share with us in the comments!



Till Next Time,

Lori Allen

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