10 Amazing Recipes for a Cookout

'Tis the season to unleash your culinary prowess on the backyard BBQ.

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  • Yum Dogs. A hot dog on a higher plane, this puppy is first swathed in bacon, then nested on a bed of tangy, spicy bean sprout slaw. The acid in the slaw cuts through the salt and the fattiness of the hot dog, and a sriracha-laced mayo stands in for more quotidien condiments.
  • Tuscan Grilled Zucchini and Summer Squash. The porous squash soaks up the lemon, garlic, herbs, and chili in the marinade, and after a quick char on the barbecue, it's positively bursting with flavor.
  • Jerk Chicken Kebabs. The jerk marinade calls on citrus to temper and enhance the bite of the sometimes-unruly habanero pepper. A little sweet, a little hot, and totally addictive.
  • Cedar Plank Grilled Loup De Mer (Sea Bass). The cedar wraps the sea bass in a sweet smokiness without overwhelming its gentle flavor. If you're ever looking for a dish that'll be a visual showstopper, this is it.
  • Roberto Santibañez' Classic Guacamole. Guacamole is a crowd favorite. Our version plays off the buttery texture of avocados, and is decidedly on the chunky side. Think of it as an avocado salad with an herb dressing and spare yourself the energy you would have spent on smashing and mashing.
  • Quick Cucumber and Shiso Pickles. Shiso and pickles should hang out more often. The aromatic green leaves give the classic condiment a fresh, herbaceous lift, reminiscent of cinnamon, cloves and ginger all at once.
  • The River Café's Strawberry Sorbet. This recipe takes full advantage of strawberries’ bright flavor. Plus, It couldn’t be easier—just mix together three ingredients, and you’re practically done.
  • Roasted Corn with Lime, Parmesan, and Chili. This is a riff on elote, a Mexican version of corn on the cob typically involving lime, chili, mayo, cheese and a grill, and will quickly become a new favorite.
  • Spicy Shrimp. We love Sriracha's heat, which is warm, lasting, and assertive without being overbearing. Here, the hot sauce pairs with a few everyday ingredients—olive oil, Worcestershire sauce, sugar, and cilantro—to create a sublime marinade for shrimp. The oil and sugar give the marinade some viscosity so it doesn't just season the shrimp but clings to it.
  • Penne with Sweet Summer Vegetables, Pine Nuts, and Herbs. Sweet corn, bursting cherry tomatoes, and tender zucchini lighten up a savory, satisfying bowl of pasta.

Between backyard picnics, barbecues, and tailgating events, you can never have enough cookout recipes under your belt. This week we’re moving beyond burgers to lesser-known dishes that will make you the highlight of any (no, every!) outdoor gathering. Click through the gallery to see all the recipes.

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