There are endless ways to make versatile, flavorful veggies on the grill that appeal to any taste preference. Here’s how to serve them up as sides and main dishes using our marinades, seasonings and rubs for epic charred flavor.
GRILLER TIP: IF IT SAYS "IN-SEASON," IT MEANS IT'S GROWN IN ITS NATURAL HARVEST TIME AND YOU'RE GETTING PEAK FLAVOR. CATCH IT WHEN YOU CAN.
These are our top veggies to try with Grill Mates, plus how to select the best produce.
1. Corn: buy it with the husks on and check for plump, uniform kernels. Grill, season, and brush with flavored butter, infused oil or crumbled Cotija cheese. 2. Skewers: try summer squash, red onion, bell pepper and zucchini with Mesquite Marinade. Look for firm veggies without bruises or wrinkling. 3. Asparagus: marinate with Chipotle Pepper Marinade for 15-30 minutes. Stalks should look crisp. Try the purple variety. 4. Slices: toss eggplant, bell peppers and beefsteak tomatoes with oil and Roasted Garlic & Herb Seasoning . Tomatoes should smell fragrant and feel heavier than they look, indicating perfect ripeness.
You’re not limited to slicing and seasoning. Check out two ways to transform vegetables with just flame and flavor.
GRILLER TIP: TONGS AREN'T JUST FOR PICKING UP THINGS. USE THEM TO BLISTER PEPPERS, FLIP INGREDIENTS, OR, PRESS TONGS LIGHTLY INTO VEGGIES TO TEST IF THEY'RE THE RIGHT TEXTURE (E.G. FIRM OR SOFTER).
Smoker chips bring out complex flavors in vegetables (and almost anything you grill). You can pick them up at hardware stores, your grocer’s grilling section or anywhere firewood is sold. Just soak chips in a bowl 15-30 minutes then put them in a smoker pan or tightly-covered aluminum tray that goes right on the grill or directly over ready-to-cook coals. Try these.