Take a load off and get your GRILL on
It’s finally outdoor dining season at Sherkston Shores which means that its time to start grilling!
If you're new to grilling, barbecuing may seem like a daunting task. That's why we've compiled some tips and recipes that are sure to turn you into a BBQ master.
If you're still finding your way around the grill it's important to consider the following:
Charcoal or Gas? - The first step to mastering the art of barbequing is finding the right grill. There are pros and cons to both grilling methods, but it comes down to taste and convenience. Sherkston Shores provides charcoal barbeques at all camping sites, making this a convenient choice. Since grilling comes down to preference, campers are free to bring their own grills as well.
- Charcoal grills come in a full range of prices: inexpensive grills are easy to find, and upscale models are available too. They must be manually lit and preheated for a minimum of 20 minutes and cleaning is more complicated due to the ashes. If you prefer a smoky flavor to your meat this is a better option.
- Gas grills are typically pricier than charcoal ones, although inexpensive models are available. Some may prefer these because they're much easier to clean, as well as more convenient. For an in-depth guide to choosing your grill click here.
What should I grill? - Burgers and hotdogs might be barbeque staples, but your grill deserves to be used to its full potential. Here's a list of recipe ideas to get you started:
1. Vegetable Kabobs:
These colorful vegetable kebabs are bursting with flavor. Use as a side to grilled meats or simply serve by themselves.
Preheat grill for medium heat and lightly oil the grate. Alternately thread your choice of vegetables- we recommend zucchini slices, yellow squash slices, mushrooms, onion, tomatoes, and bell pepper- onto the skewers. Whisk olive oil, basil, oregano, salt, and black pepper in a bowl; brush mixture over vegetables and grill to perfection. For an added hint of flavor try adding pineapple! Click here for the full recipe.
2. Grilled Salmon:
Treat your family to a five-star meal at the cottage. Simply season salmon all over with salt and pepper, then grill, flesh sides down, on lightly oiled grill rack for 4 minutes. Turn fillets over and grill until just cooked through, 4 to 6 minutes more. Spice up this super quick recipe with a zesty toping like lime butter sauce or pineapple salsa!
3. Grilled Pizza:
You might not have a brick oven at Sherkston, but a grill works just as well for making mouth watering pizza. Grilled pizza is tastier and cheaper than take out and not to mention more fun to make. You have the option of preparing your own sauce and dough or pre purchasing your ingredients at your local grocery store. We recommend making "personal" sized pizzas; this way grilling is manageable and no one fights over toppings. The trick is lightly oiling your grates and making sure to oil up your dough. For the full recipe click here!
4. Grilled Bacon Jalepeno Poppers:
This three-ingredient recipe is sure to be a hit for the whole family. Simply preheat your grill on high heat. While you wait, spread cream cheese to fill jalapeño halves. Once the halves are filled, wrap with bacon and secure with a toothpick. Place on the grill, and cook until bacon is crispy. If Jalapeños aren't your thing this recipe also works well with baby bell peppers. The bell peppers give the recipe a sweet twist. Click here for the full recipe.
Additional Tips and Tricks- Barbequing is an art that takes time to master. Here are some additional tips to impress your friends with:
- To keep your meat or vegetables as juicy as possible try to limit your flipping. Ideally, you should flip each item once during the grilling process. To maximize juiciness, always flip your meat or vegetables using tongs or a spatula, rather than a fork.
- Despite what you've seen on cooking shows, pressing down on your meat or vegetables with a spatula, besides squeezing out the juices you want to keep, does little for the grilling process. Instead just let the grill work its magic!
- Cleaning your grill is just as important as how you use it. It’s easier to remove debris when the grill is hot, so after preheating, use a long-handled wire grill brush on your grill rack to clean off charred debris from prior meals. Scrape again immediately after use.
- Let your meat rest while you're cleaning your grill. Giving cooked food time to rest is the key to juicy, perfectly cooked meat. The resting process allows the juices to redistribute themselves throughout the meat. Let the meat rest uncovered, because the covering causes the food to steam and can make the golden-brown crust or skin soggy.
Most importantly, remember it takes a bit of an adventurous spirit and a bit of patience to become a grilling master. So, feel free to experiment with different kinds and cuts of meat, seasonings and recipes. You just might stumble upon something you really like. Happy grilling!
About Sherkston Shores:
Sherkston Shores RV Resort is a family beach resort & campground located in the Niagara Peninsula on the beautiful shores of Lake Erie. Our resort offers 560 acres of varied landscapes, topped off with two and a half miles of sandy beachfront. We offer an abundance of family recreational amenities including pools, hot tubs, water slides, a variety of outdoor games and an interactive Family Fun Zone with arcade. For the perfect family camping experience, call 1-877-482-3224 for reservations or visit www.sherkston.com