FLAME AND FORTUNE
If you need recipes filled with flavor for barbecue season, and expert tips on how to pull them off, look no further. Our grill-themed culinary tour of entrees, sides, and desserts is led by super chefs from Bobby Flay and Katie Lee to both Paula and Jamie Deen.
BOBBY FLAY'S PERFECTLY GRILLED STEAK
Bobby Flay and barbecue go hand in hand. For a perfectly grilled steak, he urges you to allow the meat to reach room temperature before grilling, and also offers suggested times and temperatures to cook a steak just how you like it.
Recipe: Food Network
PAULA DEEN'S GRILLED ASPARAGUS WITH LEMON AND GARLIC
Forget the heavy sauces — and Paula Deen's typically butter-drenched recipes — this straight-ahead recipe shows that a quick prep of vegetables, with just a bit of seasoning, can take center stage in a healthy barbecue.
Recipe: Paula Deen
WOLFGANG PUCK'S PORK BACK RIBS WITH SPICY DIPPING SAUCE
One of the original celebrity chefs, Puck hasn't slowed down — and his fall-off-the-bone ribs show he remains dedicated to unique flavors. This tour-de-force recipe features more than 10 spices, but has a delicious payoff.
MARTHA STEWART'S BARBECUED PORK-AND-APPLE KEBAB
The beauty of grilling is how it turns simple sauces into savory glazes, which is what lifts this recipe to another level. Apricot jam helps.
ROCCO DISPIRITO'S BARBECUE SAUCE
Rocco DiSpirito's versatile sauce works equally well on chicken, ribs, or beef. Make a big batch and let guests pick their meat of choice. A Vidalia onion and plenty of garlic keep things lively.
GIADA DE LAURENTIIS' GRILLED STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE
Giadzy, De Laurentiis' new website, is a trove of unusual takes on grilling, from Grilled Guacamole to Grilled Clams with Herbed Butter to Grilled Plum Salad. For this dessert, she suggests a vegetable grill pan to stop berries from dropping into the coals.
Recipe:Giada De Laurentiis
EMERIL LAGASSE'S GRILLED SWEET CORN, VIDALIAS, AND TOMATOES
Lagasse's secret to this dish? Soaking the corn in water for 24 hours. You won't ask why once you taste this deceptively simple offering that lets each ingredient's flavor shine through.
GUY FIERI'S GRILLED SHRIMP TACOS
Homemade pico de gallo (and a bit of tequila) adds depth of flavor to a Fieri favorite in a spin he shared on morning television.
Recipe:"Live with Kelly and Ryan"
KATIE LEE'S BEST BARBECUE RIBS EVER
Unexpected ingredients from low-sodium chicken broth to dried oregano and apple cider vinegar — and baking the ribs before grilling — give baby-back ribs some punch. As Katie Lee says, "These ribs are insanity."
Recipe:The Rachael Ray Show
CARLA HALL'S BARBECUE BAKED BEANS
"The Chew" may be gone, but the recipes shared by its hosts live on. Hall's spin on a classic barbecue side comes to life with yellow mustard, chicken sausage (instead of the usual ham/pork), and green bell pepper.
ROBERT IRVINE'S GRILLED CHICKEN BREAST
If you think grilled chicken is all about drumsticks dripping in sauce, Irvine's spin offers a light approach courtesy of grapeseed and sesame oils, honey, and soy sauce.
MICHAEL SYMON'S FAT DOUG BURGER
Don't restrict burgers to ground beef. Ground sirloin, brisket, and boneless short rib combine in Symon's patty, but that's just the start of this towering creation that also features slaw, pastrami, Swiss cheese, and more, served on brioche.
REE DRUMMOND'S SPECIAL SLIDERS
This one took us totally by surprise: Ree Drummond, better known as The Pioneer Woman, uses heavy cream in her sliders' meat. It's an easy recipe that lends itself to countless topping interpretations to give them further distinction.
TYLER FLORENCE'S PULLED PORK BARBECUE
Florence shares a full-meal deal: An elaborate pulled-pork recipe featuring cider-vinegar barbecue sauce, a slaw recipe to top the sandwich (onions, red chile and lemon juice zip it up), and a suggested drink pairing: dark beer.
JAMIE DEEN'S MOLASSES GRILLED LONDON BROIL
CURTIS STONE'S BARBECUED CHEESE SANDWICH WITH PESTO AND TOMATO
Aussie Stone predictably devotes an entire section of his website to recipes "On the Barbie," from grilled T-bone steaks with chimichurri sauce to barbecued prawns and mixed vegetables with lemon zest, garlic, and fresh herbs. But this sophisticated take on grilled cheese brings barbecue to a new level.
AARON SANCHEZ'S TAMARIND-GLAZED RIBS
Embrace the unexpected. Sanchez has said he sees grilling as an opportunity to experiment with ingredients — and that's clear in a recipe suggestive of the Texas childhood treat of Mexican chili-coated candies.
MING TSAI'S GRILLED NEW ZEALAND LAMB RACK
An intense marinating adds deep flavors to a main course, none more unexpected than this lamb from Tsai that has complex flavors of red wine, thyme, and black peppercorns.
FLORENCE HENDERSON'S NEW YORK DELI DOGS
Taking a spin in the kitchen during an episode of "Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off," Mrs. Brady drew deep on creativity — with Russian dressing and pastrami, no less — for her attempt at the summertime staple.
CAT CORA'S GRILLED ARTICHOKES WITH CAPER AIOLI
The whole artichoke gets used here, not just the hearts, and its rich taste pairs perfectly with the smokey taste of the grill.
ALTON BROWN'S VANILLA LIME PINEAPPLE SKEWERS
Real vanilla bean and freshly squeezed lime juice add richness to this tropical dessert that erases all memories of soggy canned pineapple squares.