8 Recipes to Grill in January


Happy New Year from Steven and all of us at Barbecuebible.com!

If you’re like most of us, you’re trying to back away from the rich (and pricy!) foods that marked lavish celebrations of the holiday season. The below recipes veer in a lighter, more economical direction. And yet, several, like shrimp with deconstructed pesto sauce, are fancy enough for entertaining. Enjoy!

8 Recipes to Grill in January

1. Claire’s Cranberry Walnut Bread

One of the principal characters in Steven’s first novel, The Hermit of Chappaquiddick,” Claire uses cranberries and nuts harvested on the island to bake her delectable nut bread for the Hermit. Maybe you have a package of cranberries in the freezer left over from your holiday cooking. If you own a pellet smoker, you can bake the bread on it.

Claire’s Cranberry Walnut Bread from The Hermit of Chappaquiddick

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2. Grilled Tuna Tacos

Low calorie tuna tacos fit the parameters of clean, healthy eating. (You can even skip the tortillas if you’re following a low-carb regimen.) The tuna only takes minutes to sear, a plus if you and your grill reside in one of the northern states.

Grilled Tuna Tacos - Recipes to Grill in January

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3. Grilled Shrimp with Deconstructed Pesto Marinade

This dish pays homage to one of Steven Raichlen’s barbecue heroes, Chris Schlesinger. Chris had the idea to do a deconstructed marinade. Shrimp (or other protein) is grilled simply, then tossed in the deconstructed pesto marinade made of fresh basil, garlic, pine nuts, lemon, olive oil, and cheese. If you’re used to conventional pesto, this deconstructed version will blow you away with its bright, explosive flavors.

Grilled Shrimp with Deconstructed Pesto After-Marinade

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4. Tex-Mex Burgers

The turkey burger arose in an effort to enjoy the lusciousness of a hamburger with the clean conscience that comes with eating low-cholesterol and low-fat meat. These turkey burgers light up your mouth with chile powder, jalapeño pepper, and cilantro. In keeping with the Tex-Mex theme, serve the burgers on flour tortillas along with avocado and slivered jicama.

TURKEY BURGER Recipe - Recipes to Grill in January

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6. Pamplona of Pork Tenderloin

Pamplona is the name Argentineans and Uruguayans give to a cylindrical roast stuffed with bell peppers, ham, and cheese. This version starts with what may be the best luxury cut for the money: pork tenderloin. We stuff it with fire-roasted bell peppers, smoked ham, and creamy Boursin cheese. Then we smoke-roast it with hickory chunks to add an irresistible smoke flavor. Did we mention bacon? Lots of bacon? The latter looks great, adds flavor, and helps keep the lean pork moist during smoking.

Pamplona of pork - Recipes to Grill in January

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7. Planked Eggplant Parmigiana

Raichlen’s Rule states that if something tastes great baked, fried, or sautéed, it probably tastes better grilled. Which brings us to a dish Steven never imagined he’d cook on the grill: eggplant parmigiana. Another rule of his states that if grilling doesn’t measurably improve a dish you might bake, fry, or sauté, you should stick with the traditional method. (Just because you can cook virtually everything on the grill, it doesn’t mean you should.) Well, grilling benefits eggplant parmigiana in at least four ways. First, you eliminate a lot of the oil and oil-soaked breading. Second, you can introduce an interesting smoke flavor. Third, there’s the charred cedar plank, which adds another layer of flavor and cool factor. Finally, this grilled version is a lot quicker, easier, and less messy to make than traditional eggplant parm, and it tastes cleaner, too.

Cedar Planked Eggplant Parmigiana

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8. Dessert Quesadillas

Infinitely customizable, this is a simple, easy-to-make dessert you’ll want to add to your repertoire featuring bananas and luscious dulce de leche.

Dessert Quesadillas - Recipes to Grill in January

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