Grill This Sh*t: 39 Outside-the-Box Grill Recipes

It’s almost Autostraddle’s own Babe-B-Q weekend! We’ll be hanging out with each other August 15 and 16 to grill up a storm, and everyone’s invited! We’ll also be guiding you through the process of grilling up said storm and getting prepared for the big event all week. You can view all Babe-B-Q posts here.

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Much like its introverted indoor cousin, the crock pot, an outdoor grill can cook a whole lot of unexpected stuff beyond hot dogs and hamburgers and tofu steaks. Not to hate on quintessential BBQ foods, of course, but your grill can do so much more than you think. Whether you’re camping or backyard barbecuing or just trying to avoid stove cooking on a hot day, here are some weird and wonderful things that you can make on a grill!


1. French Toast Fruit Kabobs

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2. Plankies (Twinkies, Nutella, Marshmallows, and Toffee!!!)

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3. Grilled BBQ Chicken Pizza

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4. Brown Sugar and Cinnamon Glazed Pineapple

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5. Bacon Blue Cheese Dogs with Samuel Adams BBQ Sauce

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6. Grilled Polenta and Eggplant with Wild Mushroom and Sage EVOO and Traditional Balsamic

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7. Grilled PBB & J

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8. Grilled Watermelon with Balsamic Dressing

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9. Grilled Lobster with Garlic-Parsley Butter

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10. Grilled Dark Chocolate Sandwich

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11. Sweet N’ Spicy Grilled Salmon Fish Tacos

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12. Grilled Kale

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13. Grilled Caprese Naan Pizza

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14. Chocolate and Marshmallow Stuffed BBQ Bananas

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15. Grilled Clams with White Wine Butter Smoked Paprika Sauce

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16. Cupcakes Grilled in an Orange

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17. The Ultimate Quesadilla

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18. Grilled Caesar Salad with Chicken and Shrimp

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19. Grilled Chocolate Chip Cookies

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20. Grilled Spaghetti

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21. Smoke Grilled Onion Soup

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22. Grilled Hot Fudge Sundae Donuts

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23. Chicken Pot Pie on the Grill

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24. Triple Berry Crumble on the Grill

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25. Spicy BBQ Chicken Tostadas

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26. Grill Roasted Bacon and Scallion Muffins

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27. Grilled Stuffed Mushrooms

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28. Chocolate Cherry Ricotta Grilled Pizzas

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29. Popcorn on the Grill

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30. Piri-Piri Chicken


31. Campfire Grilled S’mores Calzones

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32. BBQ Chicken Mac n’ Cheese Pizza

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33. Grilled Fresh Garlic & Herb Potatoes

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34. Grilled Strawberry Shortcake Skewers with Blueberry Glaze

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35. Grilled Guacamole

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36. Grilled Peaches with Vanilla Ice Cream

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37. Grilled Cream Cheese Wontons

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38. Grilled Egg (in a Pepper)

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39. Grilled Lemonade

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KaeLyn is a 35-year-old (femme)nist activist, word nerd, and queer mama. You can typically find her binge-watching TV, over-caffeinating herself, standing somewhere with a mic or a sign in her hand, eating carbs, or just generally doing too many things at once. She lives in Rochester, NY with her spouse, a baby T. rex, a xenophobic cat, and a rascally rabbit. You can buy her debut book, Girls Resist! A Guide to Activism, Leadership, and Starting a Revolution if you want to, if you feel like it, if that's a thing that interests you or whatever.

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15 Comments

    • It’s never too early! I really want to try breakfast grilling at home. I’ve had grilled toast and such while camping in the great outdoors, but not at home. Love the french toast skewers idea!

  1. I just grilled chicken skewers last night with this ginger/garlic/coriander/garam masala marinade and then made a creamy tomato and fenugreek dipping sauce for them and now I am seriously inspired to grill all the things. BURNT CRISPY EDGES FOR LIFE. I can’t wait to work my way through this entire article.

  2. I absolutely love cooking on my grill and do it as much as I can during the summer. Basically any kind of meat I’d be cooking in the oven or on the stove in the winter gets cooked on the grill in the summer. Also pizza cooked on the grill is by far the best pizza you can make at home without one of those huge pizza ovens. 😀

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