Ruby is a mother of two and the founder of “Growing up Blackxican,” a diverse modern family blog.

Ruby’s Family Barbecue on a Budget

Summer grilling doesn’t have to break the bank—it’s all about flavorful food and enjoying it with your family. When it comes to grilling at our home, we love using marinades and seasonings to add new flavors to our dishes without spending a ton of money on ingredients.

Our latest family BBQ fed six people and was so rich in flavor! We had two meat options for kabobs, two sides of veggies and even a grilled dessert! The whole family pitched in to make the meal come together—the kids helped me prep and Dad worked the grill. Here’s what we made.


Chicken and Shrimp Kabobs 

Prep time 10 minutes (marinate at least 30) | Cook time 15-20 minutes | Feeds 6  

½ lb large shrimp (peeled and deveined)
½ lb chicken breast
1 bottle of Lawry’s Zesty Seafood Marinade
2 onions
2 green bell peppers
Skewers soaked in water 

1. Cut chicken breast into large cubes
2. Separate chicken and shrimp in two small bowls
3. Add half the bottle of Lawry’s Zesty Seafood Marinade to each bowl, mix well, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes
4. Cut onions and green bell peppers into large square pieces
5. Remove chicken and shrimp from marinade
6. Add veggies and chicken to skewers, and repeat on separate skewers for shrimp
7. Grill for 15-20 minutes or until well done


Grilled Asparagus 

Prep time 5 minutes | Cook time 10-15 minutes | Feeds

1lb of asparagus
2tbs of butter
Lawry’s Garlic Salt
Foil paper 

1. Cut 2 rectangles of foil paper
2. Place half the bunch of asparagus on each sheet
3. Top each bunch with 1tbs of butter
4. Add 1 tsp of Garlic Salt to each bunch
5. Fold the long sides up to form a triangle and roll down for closure. Bring up the sides and secure the ends.
6. Place on grill for 10 to 15 minutes
7. Drain liquid and serve


Grilled Corn on the Cob 

Prep time 5 minutes | Cook time 10 minutes | Feeds

3 corn on the cob
1 bottle of Lawry’s Santa Fe Chili Marinade
Skewers soaked in water 

1. Slice corn horizontally in half
2. Pierce each side with a skewer for easy handling
3. Brush on Santa Fe Chili Marinade
4. Grill for 10 minutes, rotating corn for even grilling
5. Serve with skewers


Grilled Mango 

Prep time 10 minutes | Cook time 3-5 minutes | Feeds

2 large ripe mangos
Lawry’s Hawaiian Marinade
2tbsp brown sugar
Foil paper
Vanilla ice cream 

1. Carefully peel mangos with a potato peeler carefully
2. Cut mangos into large slices
3. Place mango slices on a sheet of foil paper
4. Drizzle generously with Hawaiian marinade
5. Sprinkle brown sugar on top of the marinade
6. Place mango slices on the grill for 3 minutes on each side
7. Serve with ice cream and enjoy!