Some people are Christmas people. Some people are Thanksgiving people. Some people have even told me that their favorite holiday is their birthday (I personally think that means they like themselves a little too much). I, however, am a Fourth of July person. I can’t help it; it’s my favorite! I love the warm summer day, the fireworks, and of course, the food! There is just something about grilling out that I adore. (Quick note: Notice I said grilling out. Other people would say barbecuing, but I am originally from the South, and they are not the same thing. Thankyouverymuch!)
So here is my list of quintessential grilling out recipes, and best of all they are all Paleo. That means that you can eat to your heart’s content and not feel bad that you are falling off the diet wagon or going to regret tomorrow. So here are 12 must-have Paleo recipes to ensure an epic summer cookout! Enjoy!
Mexican Inspired Burgers
If you have spent any time at all on the blog or subscribe to my newsletter, then you know I am pretty obsessed with Juli Bauer. Not in a gross or weird way, but simply because this lady knows how to cook! For real. I have made tons of her recipes, and never, ever have I been disappointed. These burgers aren’t just good, however, or un-disappointing. They are seriously the best burgers I have ever made. EVER! I once made them for my friend, Naomi, and she also said that they were the best burgers she had ever eaten. So trust me; while there are tons of paleo burger recipes out there, you haven’t lived until you’ve made these.
Paleo Hot Dog Chili with Jalapeno Slaw
I think hot dogs are one of the greatest foods of all time. Sorry, if you think that’s disgusting, but I do. Maybe it’s because it’s just have so many fond childhood memories of eating hot dogs. For example, every summer I would watch an episode of Matlock while eating a hot dog for lunch. (Ben Matlock, who was played by Andy Griffith, was always eating hot dogs on the show, so it was kind of like we were eating them together.) Anyway, I love hot dogs. But please note: a normal Oscar Mayer hot dog is not Paleo. That’s why I always use True Story Food’s Organic Uncured Beef Hot Dogs. And then I chop them up to make this recipe. It doesn’t just help you get your hot dog fix; it’s mind-blowingly delicious.
Some people don’t feel like they are experiencing a true cookout unless they are eating ribs, and this recipe is for those folks. Kelsey suggests putting the ribs in the oven for 3 1/2 hours before placing them on the grill to finish, but I personally put them in the slow cooker for 4 hours instead. There is just something about the slow cooker; I don’t know. My husband actually gets angry if I don’t do it this way now.
From Little Bits Of.
Greek Lemon Chicken Kebabs
Okay, this recipe will show you how insane I am. But, I hate bad food or good food cooked badly. Kebabs are, by definition, good food cooked badly. That’s why after years and years of trying to ace them, I decided to give up. Or sort of. I follow Sarah’s recipe… soak the skewers, make the marinade, and let everything sit in it. But then I take a grill basket, cook the onions and pepper for 2-4 minutes, and remove it from the heat. When they are cool enough for me to handle, I then skewer the veggies onto the kebab sticks along with the chicken and then grill it all again until the chicken is done. This ensures that everything is grilled evenly and at the same doneness. See, I told you I was insane!
From A Saucy Kitchen.
Paleo Broccoli Salad with Bacon
Remember me saying that I am originally from the South? Well, this is important, because it means that I have been raised to believe that no cookout is complete without this salad. It is a staple at every Southern potluck, picnic, you name it. I don’t know what it is about broccoli, mayo, red onions, bacon, and golden raisins together. But whatever it is, it’s a glimpse of heaven.
From Cook Eat Paleo.
Low-Carb Cauliflower Potato Salad
Every potluck needs potato salad. It’s a rule carved in stone somewhere. So I remember a couple of summers ago when I heard the suggestion of replacing potatoes with cauliflower. I wanted to try it, but I was also frightened to death that it was going to be disgusting. If that describes you, have no fear though, because it’s amazing! Please note that I always use Tessemae’s Mayo because it is seriously the best Paleo mayo I have ever had, and then I put a tiny bit of bacon grease into my potato salad while the cauliflower is still warm. Because, hello?!?! Bacon= always better.
From Wicked Spatula.
Grilled Bacon Wrapped Asparagus
I sure you have noticed a theme by now. I like bacon. I like bacon at cookouts. I like bacon on the grill. I like bacon. So, obviously, I would think no cookout is complete without bacon wrapped veggies, and these grilled asparagus bundles are fantastic!
From Slim Sanity.
6-Ingredient Easy Bacon Deviled Eggs
Okay, I swear I am going to chill out about bacon soon. I promise. Maybe?! But being a Southern girl, no picnic or cookout is complete without deviled eggs. I once had a friend who is a born and raised Californian tell me that she only ate deviled eggs every Easter. That was so crazy to me! If something is delicious, why not eat it all the time? Anyway, I make these deviled eggs a lot, but I do tweak the recipe a tiny bit. I always add a seventh ingredient, diced jalapeno. Can you say, “Wow!”?
From Live Simply.
Kettle Corn Grilled Sweet Potatoes
It is obscene how good these are. Obscene! Coconut sugar-coated sweet potatoes on the grill? Aghhhh! So good!
From The Big Man World.
Berry Watermelon Fruit Salad
My family eats fruit for dessert all the time, and we make this dish at least 2 times a week. My husband is pretty hilarious when eats it too. “Ooooh, if you have a grape and a raspberry and a watermelon cube all on your fork at the same time, it makes for the best combination!”
From Fork Knife Swoon.
Grilled Pineapple with Cinnamon-Honey Drizzle
Like I said, fruit is our family’s jam. So what is better than summertime fruit? Summertime fruit on the grill, of course! And this grilled pineapple is exceptionally amazing.
From Wine & Glue.
Chocolate-Covered Banana Pops
There are some people, like my husband, who think that no cookout is complete without ice cream. I personally could care less; I’m the weirdo over in the corner eating more bacon. But to help my husband out, we often make these banana pops. When frozen, the banana has the same taste and texture as ice cream. To make these Paleo, skip the sprinkles and the granola (unless you have Paleo granola) and go for slivered almonds, unsweetened coconut, or my personal favorite, crushed pistachios.
From The Healthy Maven.
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