Thrillin’ Grillin’

Among my fondest childhood memories are watching my Dad in the backyard, carefully tending the old kettle grill, adjusting its flues and stirring the glowing coals with expert precision.

I love summer grilling season, but with just mom and me at home, it has seemed like more trouble than it’s worth to start coals and wait for them to be ready for a pair of hamburger patties.

Recently, though, my household circle has expanded to include my mother and two siblings as we hunker down together during these “safe at home” days. Figuring out what to have for dinner has taken on an added dimension with four palates to please. Fortunately, my bro has followed in Dad’s footsteps as an avid griller, so the grill has come out of storage and taken center stage again.

Tastefully Simple’s Grilling 10-Meal Kit has been a godsend, offering fresh takes on familiar grilled favorites that make every meal a delicious family bonding experience. All the recipes included in the kit are phenomenal, but I’ve just got to rave a little about my three favorites:

Pimento Cheeseburgers. Forget about those bland cheese single slices. My fam LOVES Cheddar Pimento Cheese Ball Mix prepared with whipped cream cheese and dolloped generously on well-seasoned grilled burgers.

Pimento Cheeseburgers recipe | Tastefully Simple

Savory Grilled Chicken. Marinades are kind of a new concept of me, as they weren’t part of my dad’s grilling repertoire. Chicken can tend to dry out on the grill, but giving poultry a little alone time with a flavorful marinade produces a moist, tender and incredibly flavorful result. Who knew such a simple step could make such a world of difference?

Savory Grilled Chicken recipe | Tastefully Simple

Chipotle BBQ Baby Back Ribs. I’ve never been a big fan of ribs, maybe because they usually came out rather tough as I prepared them. This recipe uses a pressure cooker to prep them for the grill. They come out of the pot succulent and tender, ready for a flavorful finish on the grill with a generous basting of Pomegranate Chipotle Sauce. Finger lickin’ great!

Chipotle BBQ Baby Back Ribs recipe | Tastefully Simple

Whether you prefer beef, poultry or seafood on the grill, the Grilling 10-Meal Kit has you covered. Delicious fare cooked out in the fresh air … what better way to celebrate summer?

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