Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Recipe Day Wednesday: Cookout!

Since summer is in full swing (cannot believe how HOT it is here - this is our first summer in NC - VA seemed to be much cooler) - we've been grilling a lot. Love the taste of grilled food. Love it.

My parents have this amazing recipe that we would have growing up - I have named it "Mom & Dad's Famous BBQ Sauce". No idea where it came from, I just know it is a FABULOUS marinade. It's super simple to make and then you just throw some bone in chicken (I usually use split chicken breasts) in and let it marinate for several hours (or overnight) in the fridge.

I have also been dying to have some fresh squash, so I bought some yellow summer squash and zucchini and then rummaged around online to find a grilling recipe. Found a great recipe with rave reviews on It was AMAZING. My hubby really liked it too! I think we grilled hamburgers the next day and I made a special trip to the grocery to get more squash and a grilling basket so we could have it again. :)

Mom and Dad's Famous BBQ Sauce
2 cups cider vinegar
1 cup canola oil
2 Tbsp. salt
1 Tbsp. seasoning salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 egg

Place all ingredients in large bowl (depending on how much chicken you are marinating). Mix with electric mixer until foamy. Marinate chicken (bone in chicken or boneless, skinless chicken breasts) for several hours or overnight in refrigerator. Grill!

Grilled yellow squash by Sarah Stephan
4 medium yellow squash
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic, crushed
salt and pepper to taste

Preheat the grill for medium heat. Cut squash into 1/4" - 1/2" thick coins ( or horizontally so that it won't fall through the grill if you don't have a grilling basket). Heat olive oil in a small pan, and add garlic cloves. Cook over medium heat until the garlic starts to sizzle and become fragrant. Brush the slices of squash with the garlic oil and season with salt and pepper.

Grill squash slices for 5-10 minutes per side, until they reach the desired tenderness. Brush with additional garlic oil, and turn occasionally to prevent sticking or burning.

(We put all the squash in the grilling basket and poured all of the garlic oil over the squash.)

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1 comment:

  1. We love to grill squash, but have never added the garlic. Thanks for that idea! YUM!