It’s barbecue season

Whether you’re partial to charcoal or gas, it’s time to fire up the grill and kick off the summer barbecue season! What will you be grilling? Here are some of our favorite foods for summer barbecues:

Asian-inspired halibut: Halibut is a firm white fish that’s a natural for the grill. You can cut it into cubes and skewer it or grill whole steaks or filets. Either way, we love to add a bit of flavor to this mild fish. Try combining some soy sauce with a bit of olive oil, lemon juice, minced fresh ginger and garlic, a splash of Worcestershire sauce and a sprinkle of sugar for a quick Asian marinade. A few hours in this mixture is all your halibut needs before it hits the grill. Tasty with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc!

Dry-rubbed ribs: If you haven’t tried using a dry rub on baby back ribs before cooking, you’ve been missing out! The combination of spices really infuses the meat with great flavor. You simply rub the ribs with the spice mixture, let sit in the refrigerator overnight and then pop on the grill – no sugary barbecue sauce necessary! Here’s a great recipe from Paula Deen and the Deen brothers: http://bit.ly/hh70U Perfect with Petite Sirah or Merlot!

Fired-up chicken: Tired of the same-old, same-old barbecue sauce? Give your chicken a fresh flavor by basting it with a jalapeno-flavored glaze while it’s on the grill. Simply combine ¼ cup melted butter with ½ cup jalapeno jelly and a few tablespoons of freshly squeezed lime juice. Use a barbecue brush to baste the chicken frequently until it’s perfectly cooked but still juicy. Delicious with a glass of Chardonnay!

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