Pulling out the grill and throwing a barbecue for friends and family is the quintessential summer pastime. Even without premium cuts of meat, fancy equipment, and expert know-how, it's easy to turn out delicious grilled dishes with the right combination of ingredients. New grillers should first check out the basics of marinating from Anne Livingston and advice from The Nest on using dry rubs. Then try one of these 12 cheap homemade marinades and rubs for summer cookouts.
Coffee has many more uses than waking people up in the morning. The rich aroma and undertone of coffee grounds can add incredible flavor to the chef's choice of meat (beef, lamb, duck, or chicken thighs). Besides coffee grounds, all that's needed are kosher salt and ground pepper.
Recipe: Eating Well
What meat eater doesn't love baby back pork ribs? Everyone will be licking their fingers with this simple dry rub, rated an average of 4.5 stars by more than 400 people. The ingredients can be found in most kitchens: brown sugar, paprika, salt, ground pepper, and garlic powder.
If pasta and meatballs can't go on the grill, try the next best thing: a Tuscan-inspired rosemary garlic rub perfect for chicken, pork, or even potatoes. A few reviewers said they used less salt and added lemon (juice or zest) and oregano for even more herbal flavor.
All compliments will go to the grill master who serves these garlicky white wine shrimp skewers. But crustaceans can be expensive, so consider adding grilled vegetables to the skewers to make the shrimp go further. Serve with sides of steamed rice and buttery corn.
Recipe: Food & Wine