Chipotle Beer BBQ Chicken with Creamed Grilled Corn.

This chipotle BBQ chicken + creamed corn will make you the happiest! Most weekends on instagram or my week in the life update, I show a grilled BBQ chicken. Let’s just say it’s a dish I make constantly but never deem special enough to share. You know? Plus. I switch things around so much – […]

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This chipotle BBQ chicken + creamed corn will make you the happiest!

chipotle bbq beer chicken with creamed corn

Most weekends on instagram or my week in the life update, I show a grilled BBQ chicken. Let’s just say it’s a dish I make constantly but never deem special enough to share. You know? Plus. I switch things around so much – the seasonings, the sauce – that it’s never made one exact way.

chipotle beer BBQ sauce

But! So many of you have asked for the recipe, or let’s say the method, that I’m here today with a version of it for you! I made the sauce and while I occasionally switch between homemade and store-bought, the method for this chicken never changes.

Spoiler alert: it’s pretty darn easy.

Since I can’t help but be extra, I had to serve it with this creamed corn. I wish I could curl up in a bowl of this corn and take a nap. It’s another version of summer comfort food that we just can’t get enough of. Make it now while corn is living its best life! 

creamed grilled corn

So! 

We loooove homemade BBQ sauce in this house. I have multiple versions here on the blog and also different ones in each of my cookbooks. If I had to choose, this root beer BBQ sauce may be my favorite, but I truly love them all.

And now… chipotle beer! Um, I’m in love? 

chipotle BBQ sauce

This sauce uses chipotle chili powder for some heat, but you could also dice up a chipotle pepper with some adobo sauce instead. It also uses beer, which I LOVE to use in sauce – but you can always sub the root beer, or even ginger ale or even broth. The sauce can be made ahead of time (and is delicious when it is!) and stored in the fridge.

Grab when you’re ready to make this dish and it will only take a few minutes!

grilled bbq chicken

Now let’s talk about the corn.

This freaking corn – oh my gosh.

First, given the title you obviously know I grilled it. I did and it’s so good. But you don’t HAVE to grill it if you’re in a pinch, or you don’t have a grill, or it’s pouring rain and you can’t walk outside, or if you’re making this in the middle of winter. Use fresh corn cut from the cob – even use frozen corn (it doesn’t have to be thawed first either). Basically, whatever corn you have on hand.

creamed grilled corn

Because this… is absolute heaven. It’s a rich and decadent dish but still somewhat light and fresh. Does that even make sense? Probably not. But it’s a combo of savory and sweet while tasting like the biggest burst of summer.

It almost reminded me of this corn pudding, but again, in a lighter, fresher way. It’s creamy and sweet and the perfect accompaniment to a meat or vegetable dish that has a little heat. This will 100% be a staple for us for all the summers to come!

chipotle bbq beer chicken with creamed corn

Now combined, this is SUCH a good plate. Sticky and saucy chicken with a little spice. Creamy and fresh, sweet corn with herbs. The bites are just perfect together. Add a house salad and you’re good to go! 

chipotle bbq beer chicken with creamed corn

Chipotle BBQ Chicken + Creamed Corn

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Chipotle Beer BBQ Chicken with Creamed Corn

This chipotle bbq chicken is made with homemade chipotle beer BBQ sauce! Serve alongside creamed grilled corn and summer dinner is complete!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 15 minutes
Resting Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author How Sweet Eats

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 2/3 cup beer
  • ½ cup honey
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder

creamed grilled corn

  • 6 to 8 ears of corn (you need 2.5 cups kernels)
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup milk (any kind works!)
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • fresh chopped chives

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients in a saucepan and whisk together until combined. Heat over medium heat and bring to a boil, then reduce to low heat and cook for 30 to 60 minutes, until thickened. Stir occasionally. Remove from the heat and let sit at room temperature until it cools and thickens even more. You can easily make this ahead of time!
  • Preheat the grill to the highest heat. Once hot, you can throw the ears of corn on the grill and grill them for 15 minutes, turning them every 5 minutes. You could even use leftover grilled corn. You can also make the creamed corn with the fresh corn from the cob. Or from frozen! Once the corn is grilled, set it aside.
  • Season the chicken all over with salt, pepper and garlic powder. I like to brush about a tablespoon or so of the sauce on the chicken.
  • Place the chicken directly on the grates and grill for 5 minutes. Flip and grill for 5 minutes more. Cook for 1 or 2 more minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 160 or 165 (if it’s 160, it will likely reach 165 as it rests). Remove the chicken and let it rest for 10 minutes before slicing. While it rests, you can make the creamed corn.
  • Serve the chicken sliced with the corn.

creamed grilled corn

  • Heat the corn, cream, sugar and garlic in a large skillet or saucepan over medium heat. Add a big pinch of salt and pepper. Stir to combine.
  • Place the milk in a shaker bottle or cup and add the flour. Shake for 30 seconds to make a slurry. Pour it into the skillet, stirring to combine. Cook over medium heat, letting it bubble and simmer but also stirring often, until the mixture is thickened. Once thickened, stir in the parmesan cheese. Taste and season additionally - add more salt and pepper or add more parmesan! Sprinkle with chives and serve.

chipotle bbq beer chicken with creamed corn

Craving.

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Easy BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

Craving BBQ, but don’t have a pit? These Easy BBQ Chicken Sandwiches only take about 30 minutes to make and cost only a couple of bucks a piece, making them a really fast, inexpensive, and tasty way to kill that BBQ craving. Keep this recipe in your back pocket because you’ll be pulling it out […]

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Craving BBQ, but don’t have a pit? These Easy BBQ Chicken Sandwiches only take about 30 minutes to make and cost only a couple of bucks a piece, making them a really fast, inexpensive, and tasty way to kill that BBQ craving. Keep this recipe in your back pocket because you’ll be pulling it out often for quick weeknight dinners!

Two Easy BBQ Chicken Sandwiches, one on a wooden cutting board

This recipe utilizes my Quick BBQ Chicken recipe, which I created as a sort of “à la carte” meat option for households who are trying to feed both meat-eaters and vegetarians. In addition to adding this super simple BBQ chicken to other recipes, it can also be used to make sandwiches and wraps, like this one! 

Coleslaw Options

I really like the combination of BBQ and ranch dressing, so I made a quick “ranch slaw” for this sandwich using bagged coleslaw mix (shredded cabbage and carrots) and a thick ranch dressing as the dressing. If you’re not into ranch (many people aren’t), try my classic creamy coleslaw recipe instead. It also goes great with BBQ!

Other BBQ Chicken Sandwich Topping Ideas

I kept my BBQ Chicken Sandwiches simple, because that’s how I roll, but if you like to get fancy, here are some other things you can add on top of your sandwich:

  • Pickles
  • French Fried Onions
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Fresh red onions
  • Sliced avocado
  • Bacon
  • Pineapple slices

What Kind of BBQ Sauce is Best?

You can use pretty much any type of BBQ sauce for this recipe, so I suggest going with whatever brand or flavor that you like the best. I’m not too picky about BBQ sauce, so I used what I had on hand, which was a Kroger brand hickory smoke flavored BBQ sauce. I also tend to like Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauces, so that’s another affordable option. Or, you can even try making your own Homemade BBQ Sauce.

What to Serve with BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

I’m a big fan of sweet potatoes with BBQ, so I love Spicy Sweet Potato Fries as a side for these BBQ Chicken Sandwiches. Thick cut Steak Fries (and maybe some Comeback Sauce) would also be awesome on the side. If you’re looking for something a little more fresh and vibrant to lighten up the plate, try Cowboy Caviar!

Front view of a single Easy BBQ Chicken Sandwich on a wooden cutting board

 

 

Front view of a single Easy BBQ Chicken Sandwich on a wooden cutting board

Easy BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

These Easy BBQ Chicken Sandwiches are a fast, easy, and delicious way to satisfy your BBQ craving. No grill needed! Perfect for busy weeknights.
Total Cost $7.04 recipe / $1.76 serving
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 415.23kcal
Author Beth - Budget Bytes

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp smoked paprika $0.10
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder $0.05
  • 1/4 tsp salt $0.02
  • 1/4 tsp pepper $0.02
  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken thighs $2.99
  • 1 Tbsp cooking oil $0.04
  • 1/4 cup BBQ sauce $0.11
  • 7 oz. coleslaw mix* $0.65
  • 2 green onions, sliced $0.20
  • 1/4 cup ranch dressing $0.37
  • 4 buns $2.49

Instructions

  • Combine the smoked paprika, garlic, powder, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Cut any large chicken thighs in half to make them more sandwich-sized (you'll want four pieces total). Season both sides of the chicken thighs with the prepared spice mix.
  • Heat the cooking oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, swirl to coat the surface of the skillet. Add the seasoned chicken and cook for 5-7 minutes on each side, or until the chicken thighs are well browned and cooked through.
  • Remove the chicken from the heat and brush BBQ sauce over both sides of each piece.
  • Add the coleslaw mix, sliced green onions, and ranch dressing to a bowl. Stir until everything is combined and evenly coated in dressing.
  • To build the sandwiches, place one piece of BBQ chicken on each bun and top with a heaping scoop of the ranch slaw. Serve immediately.

Notes

* This is a bagged mix of pre-shredded cabbage and carrots. I used half of a 14oz. bag.

Nutrition

Serving: 1sandwich | Calories: 415.23kcal | Carbohydrates: 32.28g | Protein: 28.18g | Fat: 18.73g | Sodium: 1552.98mg | Fiber: 2.3g

Looking for a vegetarian option? Try my BBQ Tofu Sliders.

How to Make Easy BBQ Chicken Sandwiches – Step by Step Photos

Seasoned chicken thighs on an orange cutting board

In a small bowl, combine 1 tsp smoked paprika, ½ tsp garlic powder, ¼ tsp salt, and ¼ tsp pepper. Cut any large chicken thighs in half to make them more sandwich-sized. You’ll need about 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken thighs. Season both sides of the chicken thighs with the prepared spices.

Cooked chicken thighs in a skillet

Heat 1 Tbsp cooking oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, swirl the oil in the skillet to coat the surface, then add the seasoned thighs. Cook on each side for 5-7 minutes, or until they are well browned and cooked through.

BBQ sauce being brushed onto chicken thighs in the skillet

Turn off the heat and brush BBQ sauce over both sides of the chicken pieces (about ¼ cup in total).

Ranch slaw ingredients in a mixing bowl

To make the ranch slaw, combine 7 oz. (half of a 14 oz. bag) of coleslaw mix (shredded cabbage and carrots), 2 sliced green onions, and ¼ cup ranch dressing.

Finished ranch slaw in a mixing bowl

Stir until everything is combined and coated in dressing.

BBQ chicken sandwich being built on a wooden cutting board

To build the BBQ Chicken Sandwiches, place one piece of chicken on a bun and top with a heaping scoop of the ranch slaw.

Two BBQ Chicken Sandwiches, one on a cutting board, the other in the background.

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Quick BBQ Chicken

We get a lot of feedback from readers who are trying to cook for families who all have different dietary needs and preferences, especially families with both vegetarians and meat eaters. So I wanted to make a series of a la carte proteins that can be cooked quickly and separately from a meal and added […]

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We get a lot of feedback from readers who are trying to cook for families who all have different dietary needs and preferences, especially families with both vegetarians and meat eaters. So I wanted to make a series of a la carte proteins that can be cooked quickly and separately from a meal and added for those who want it. This Quick BBQ Chicken is an easy and tasty main dish that cooks up in under 30 minutes and is great for either serving as a main dish or topping several other dishes.

Overhead view of a plate with Quick BBQ Chicken, mac and cheese, and collard greens

What to Serve with Quick BBQ Chicken

BBQ Chicken is so versatile. I have it pictured above with mac and cheese and collard greens (recipe coming soon), but it also goes great with Cowboy Caviar, Potato Salad, Spicy Sweet Potato Fries, Creamy Coleslaw, or Roasted Broccoli. You can also slice it up and use it to make a BBQ chicken pizza, BBQ chicken quesadilla, use it to top a loaded mashed potato bowl, or a salad.

What Kind of Chicken Can I Use?

This recipe is designed for boneless, skinless chicken breasts OR thighs. It works great with both, but thighs are definitely my favorite, since they are just so tender and crisp up nicely on the edges because of their extra fat. Since this recipe uses a quick skillet cooking method, it isn’t appropriate for bone-in chicken. Bone-in chicken takes much longer to cook, so it’s better for baking, braising, and slow cooking.

How Much Does This Recipe Make?

This recipe is good for about 1 lb. of chicken pieces, give or take a little. If you’d like to double the recipe, just make sure to cook the chicken in batches to prevent overcrowding the skillet, which will prevent the nice browning action that you want.

What Kind of BBQ Sauce Should I Use?

You can use whatever kind of BBQ sauce you prefer. I am not picky when it comes to BBQ sauce, so I just used a Kroger brand hickory smoke BBQ sauce that I happened to have on hand. Sweet Baby Ray’s tends to have pretty good BBQ sauces that are very affordable, too.

A Quick BBQ Chicken Breast on a cutting board with tongs, half sliced.

 
BBQ sauce being brushed onto chicken in a skillet

Quick BBQ Chicken

This Quick BBQ Chicken is an easy and tasty main dish that cooks up in under 30 minutes and can be paired with any number of sides. Perfect for weeknights!
Total Cost $4.98 recipe / $1.25 serving
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 ¼ lb. each
Calories 255kcal
Author Beth - Budget Bytes

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp smoked paprika $0.10
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder $0.05
  • 1/4 tsp salt $0.02
  • 1/4 tsp freshly cracked black pepper $0.03
  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken* $4.63
  • 1 Tbsp cooking oil $0.04
  • 1/4 cup BBQ sauce $0.11

Instructions

  • If using chicken breasts, pound them to an even thickness to ensure quick and even cooking. To pound the breast, place them on a cutting board and cover with a piece of plastic wrap. Use a mallet or rolling pin to pound the thicker areas to an even ½ to ¾-inch thickness. There is no need to pound chicken thighs.
  • Combine the smoked paprika, garlic powder, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Season both sides of the chicken pieces with the spice blend.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add the cooking oil and swirl to coat the surface of the skillet. Add the seasoned chicken and cook on each side until well browned and cooked through (an internal temperature of 165ºF), about 5-7 minutes on each side.
  • Turn the heat off and brush both sides of the chicken with BBQ sauce. Let the chicken rest five minutes before slicing and/or serving.

Notes

*You can use either chicken breast or thighs for this recipe. I used both in the step by step photos below, so you can see each type of chicken through the process.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.25lb. chicken | Calories: 255kcal | Carbohydrates: 1.08g | Protein: 27.25g | Fat: 15.65g | Sodium: 1165mg | Fiber: 0.23g

How to Make Quick BBQ Chicken – Step by Step Photos

Chicken breast on a cutting board covered with plastic, pounded with a rolling pin

This recipe can be made with one pound of boneless, skinless chicken breast, boneless, skinless chicken thighs, or a mix of both. If you are using chicken breasts, you’ll want to pound them to an even thickness of about 1/2 to 3/4-inch thick to make sure they cook quickly and evenly. To do this, place the chicken on a cutting board, cover with plastic to prevent splatter, then gently pound with a rolling pin or mallet until the thick end is even with the thinner end.

seasoning for bbq chicken in a small wooden bowl

Prepare the seasoning for the chicken by stirring together 1 tsp smoked paprika, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1/4 tsp salt, and 1/4 tsp pepper.

seasoned chicken pieces on a cutting board

Season both sides of the chicken with the prepared seasoning blend. 

Chicken cooked in the skillet

Heat a large skillet and heat over medium. Once hot, add 1 Tbsp cooking oil, swirl the oil to coat the surface of the skillet, then add the seasoned chicken pieces. Cook the chicken on each side until well browned and cooked through (internal temperature of 165ºF), about 5-7 minutes each side.

BBQ sauce being brushed onto chicken in a skillet

Turn the heat off and brush each side of the chicken with BBQ sauce.

BBQ chicken thigh on a plate with mac and cheese and collard greens

Let the chicken rest for about 5 minutes before serving, or slicing. Enjoy!

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BBQ Chicken Pizza

It’s almost Friday, so I’m going to throw a quick little pizza recipe at ya! BBQ Chicken Pizza is such a classic with its sweet, tangy, and salty BBQ sauce, bits of juicy chicken, creamy cheese, and savory onions. But, after making pizzas for a living for a couple of years, I learned that there […]

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It’s almost Friday, so I’m going to throw a quick little pizza recipe at ya! BBQ Chicken Pizza is such a classic with its sweet, tangy, and salty BBQ sauce, bits of juicy chicken, creamy cheese, and savory onions. But, after making pizzas for a living for a couple of years, I learned that there are a so many other fun things you can throw on top of a BBQ Chicken Pizza! So keep reading to grab the “classic” recipe below, plus some of my other “fun” toppings that go really well with these BBQ flavors.

Close up overhead view of a BBQ Chicken Pizza

What Kind of Pizza Dough Should I Use?

You can literally use any type of pizza dough or crust you like for BBQ Chicken Pizza. I used my classic Homemade Pizza Dough, but it would also go well on a Thin and Crispy Pizza Crust, on French Bread, a baked tortilla, or your favorite store bought gluten-free or cauliflower crust. The toppings listed below will be enough for a 14-16″ pizza crust.

Can I Substitute the Chicken?

Sure! If you’re not into chicken, you can substitute a can of black beans (mixed with the spices and sauce listed for the chicken), or even shrimp. 

If you like chicken, but don’t feel like cooking it from scratch, you can use pre-cooked chicken. If using a rotisserie chicken, simply chop it up and combine it with BBQ sauce. If you’re using canned chicken breast, just drain the chicken and gently fold with the BBQ sauce.

What is Your Favorite BBQ Sauce?

I’m not too picky with BBQ Sauce, but I do tend to like Sweet Baby Ray’s brand. Personally, I do prefer smoky BBQ sauces to some of the sweeter sauces. Today I had this Hickory Smoke BBQ Sauce from Kroger. I think it would be fun to try a spicier BBQ sauce, or even a pineapple flavored BBQ sauce. 

What Else Can You Put on a BBQ Chicken Pizza?

Here’s where it gets fun. Here are some of the other toppings I’ve enjoyed on my BBQ Chicken Pizzas over the years:

  • Bacon
  • Pineapple (don’t @ me)
  • Feta (surprisingly delicious against that sweet BBQ sauce)
  • Green onion
  • Cilantro
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Ranch dressing
  • Corn
  • Black Beans

Close up of one slice of BBQ Chicken Pizza being pulled away from the pie

 

 

Close up of one slice of BBQ Chicken Pizza being pulled away from the pie

BBQ Chicken Pizza

Get the classic BBQ Chicken Pizza recipe, plus other fun toppings you can add that pair well with BBQ and make your pizza even more flavorful.
Total Cost $5.43 recipe / $1.36 servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 2 slices each
Calories 532.88kcal
Author Beth - Budget Bytes

Ingredients

Quick BBQ Chicken*

  • 1 boneless, skinless chicken breast (about ⅔ lb.) $3.22
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika $0.05
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder $0.02
  • tsp salt $0.02
  • tsp pepper $0.02
  • ½ Tbsp cooking oil $0.04
  • ¼ cup BBQ sauce $0.11

Pizza

  • 1 prepared pizza dough $0.62
  • ½ cup BBQ sauce $0.22
  • 4 oz. Monterey jack cheese, shredded $0.85
  • 1 jalapeño (optional), sliced $0.15
  • ¼ cup sliced red onion $0.11

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, combine the smoked paprika, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Season both sides of the chicken breast with the spices.
  • Heat a skillet over medium. Add the cooking oil and swirl to coat the surface of the skillet. Add the seasoned chicken breast and cook for about 5-7 minutes on each side, or until cooked through (internal temperature of 165ºF). Transfer the chicken to a clean cutting board.
  • Let the chicken rest for about 5 minutes, then chop into small pieces. Add ¼ cup BBQ sauce to the chopped chicken, and stir to coat the chicken in the sauce.
  • Preheat the oven to 450ºF. Place the prepared pizza dough or crust on a pizza pan, then spread about ½ cup BBQ sauce over the surface.
  • Add the cheese, BBQ chicken, sliced jalapeños, and sliced onion to the pizza.
  • Bake the pizza for 10-12 minutes, or until the crust and cheese are golden brown. Slice into 8 pieces and serve.

Notes

*Instead of cooking fresh chicken, you can simply season pre-cooked chicken like rotisserie chicken or canned chicken breast.

Nutrition

Serving: 2slices | Calories: 532.88kcal | Carbohydrates: 54.03g | Protein: 30.83g | Fat: 20g | Sodium: 2640.13mg | Fiber: 2.28g

A BBQ Chicken Pizza sliced into 8 pieces, one pulled slightly out.

How to Make BBQ Chicken Pizza – Step by Step Photos

Seasoned chicken breast

Combine ½ tsp smoked paprika, ¼ tsp garlic powder, ⅛ tsp salt, and ⅛ tsp pepper. Season both sides of one boneless, skinless chicken breast (about ⅔ lb.) with the spice mix.

Cooked Chicken Breast in a Skillet

Heat ½ Tbsp cooking oil in a skillet over medium. Once hot, add the seasoned chicken, and cook for about 5-7 minutes on each side, or until cooked through (internal temperature of 165ºF).

BBQ Sauce being added to chopped chicken

Transfer the cooked chicken to a clean cutting board. Let the chicken cool for a few minutes, then chop into small pieces. Add ¼ cup BBQ sauce and stir to coat the chicken in the sauce.

BBQ Sauce being spread on pizza dough

Preheat the oven to 450ºF. Place a prepared pizza dough/crust on a pizza pan, then spread ½ cup BBQ sauce over the surface of the dough.

Add chicken and cheese to pizza

Top the pizza with 4 oz. shredded Monterey jack cheese and the chopped BBQ chicken.

Add onion and jalapeño to pizza

Finally, add sliced red onion and one sliced jalapeño to the pizza.

Baked BBQ Chicken Pizza

Bake the BBQ Chicken Pizza in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes, or until the crust and cheese are golden brown.

Close up side view of a BBQ Chicken Pizza

Slice into 8 pieces and enjoy!!

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Grilled Eggplant

Here’s how to make perfectly grilled eggplant! These tricks make it come out tender every time. Top with sauce as a summer side dish or appetizer. Eggplant can be under appreciated, but this Mediterranean-style vegetable is one of the tastiest around. You’ve got to try this grilled eggplant: it comes out smoky and tender, lightly charred and full of flavor. Top it with a sauce and you’ve got a killer summer side dish or appetizer! We went for two different sauces: a fresh tomato salsa fresca, and a creamy, lightly spicy white BBQ sauce. The combination of the two is spot on. You’ll need to know a few tricks for grilled eggplant to get it just right: here’s what to know! Ingredients for grilled eggplant You don’t even need to top this eggplant with sauces: especially if you’re serving as part of a sandwich or part of a grilled veggie platter. But they’re extra festive, so feel free to add them if you like. Otherwise, the ingredients for grilled eggplant are very basic: Globe eggplant Olive oil Salt Trick 1: make 1/2-inch rounds! There are two tricks you need to know for grilled eggplant. First: slice it into 1/2-inch slices! […]

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Here’s how to make perfectly grilled eggplant! These tricks make it come out tender every time. Top with sauce as a summer side dish or appetizer.

Grilled eggplant

Eggplant can be under appreciated, but this Mediterranean-style vegetable is one of the tastiest around. You’ve got to try this grilled eggplant: it comes out smoky and tender, lightly charred and full of flavor. Top it with a sauce and you’ve got a killer summer side dish or appetizer! We went for two different sauces: a fresh tomato salsa fresca, and a creamy, lightly spicy white BBQ sauce. The combination of the two is spot on. You’ll need to know a few tricks for grilled eggplant to get it just right: here’s what to know!

Ingredients for grilled eggplant

You don’t even need to top this eggplant with sauces: especially if you’re serving as part of a sandwich or part of a grilled veggie platter. But they’re extra festive, so feel free to add them if you like. Otherwise, the ingredients for grilled eggplant are very basic:

  • Globe eggplant
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
Grilled eggplant

Trick 1: make 1/2-inch rounds!

There are two tricks you need to know for grilled eggplant. First: slice it into 1/2-inch slices! Any thicker and the eggplant comes out charred on the outside, but tough on the inside. Trust us: we tried it (not delicious). You can place half-inch slices right on the grates and they come out perfectly tender.

Trick 2: add olive oil right before grilling!

The other tip for grilled eggplant: add the olive oil right before you cook it! Here’s the thing about eggplant: it sucks up oil like a sponge. If you add the oil too soon, the eggplant sucks it all up and then becomes dry. But if you add it right before grilling, it will stay oiled enough for the grill.

Grilled eggplant

Salt to taste, until the flavor pops

Another thing to note about this recipe: typically we specify exactly how much salt to use. For this recipe, you’ll salt the eggplant afterwards (so salt doesn’t fall off on the grill). Because the size of eggplants can vary, the recipe below indicates simply to add salt to taste. Give it a good sprinkling of kosher salt, then taste and see if the flavor pops. If not, add a little more and taste until it tastes delicious but not salty.

How to grill eggplant: time and temperature

All you really need to know about grilled eggplant, besides those two tips, is the grill temperature and timing. Memorize those few things, and then make this recipe on repeat all summer! Here are the basic steps for how to grill eggplant (or jump to the recipe):

  • Preheat a grill to medium high heat (that’s 375 to 450 degrees Fahrenheit).
  • Thinly slice the eggplant into 1/2-inch rounds.
  • Directly before grilling, rub with olive oil.
  • Grill 4 to 5 minutes per side, until tender and charred. Add salt to taste and enjoy!
Grilled eggplant

Sauces for grilled eggplant

Here’s the fun part: serving your eggplant! Eggplant works with lots of different flavors, from American to Mediterranean. Here’s what we used, and then a few more ideas:

  • Fresh tomato sauce: We went with a salsa fresca to bring in bright tomato flavor; you could also use pico de gallo.
  • White BBQ sauce: Ever tried this? White BBQ sauce is unique and great for drizzling on grilled veggies.
  • Tahini sauce: Eggplant is great with Mediterranean flavors. Try this Tahini Sauce and top with chopped parsley and pomegranate seeds.
  • Pesto: Spoon over Basil Pesto and top with sliced cherry tomatoes. Perfection!
Grilled Eggplant & Tomato Stacked Sandwiches

Or, serve it as a sandwich!

Another great way to serve grilled eggplant: as a sandwich! This Eggplant Sandwich with Pesto is one of our favorite summer grilled meals, inspired by a stop in a hidden sandwich shop on a trip to Italy. It layers up some tasty Italian ingredients like:

  • Grilled eggplant
  • Ripe, juicy tomatoes
  • Fresh mozzarella cheese
  • Basil pesto Make your own if you have basil or get your favorite store bought jar.
  • Kalamata olive spread Full of big flavor! Buy store bought tapenade or make your own.

This grilled eggplant recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free and gluten-free.

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Grilled eggplant

Grilled Eggplant (Perfect Every Time!)


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Here’s how to make perfectly grilled eggplant! These tricks make it come out tender every time. Top with sauce as a summer side dish or appetizer.


Ingredients


Instructions

  1. Preheat a grill to medium-high heat (375 to 450 degrees Fahrenheit).
  2. Directly before grilling (not in advance), slice the eggplant into thin rounds about 1/2” thick (size is important!). Place the slices on a baking sheet and rub both sides with the olive oil. Don’t do this step in advance: the eggplant soaks up lots of the olive oil, so make sure to do it right before grilling.
  3. Place the eggplant directly on the grill grates and grill for about 4 to 5 minutes per side (8 to 10 minutes total), until charred and tender.
  4. Remove from the grill and season generously with kosher salt to taste, until the flavor pops. Serve topped with salsa fresca or pico de gallo and/or white BBQ sauce.

  • Category: Side Dish / Appetizer
  • Method: Grilled
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean

Keywords: Grilled eggplant, How to grill eggplant

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Eggplant is one of our favorites because it’s so versatile! There are so many ways to use this nutritious veggie. Here are some of our top eggplant recipes for serving it:

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  • Eggplant Pizzas Eggplant makes the crust of these mini pizzas, covered in garlicky sauce and gooey cheese.
  • Roasted Eggplant Pasta Flavor-packed with roasted eggplant & zesty marinara sauce!
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  • Grilled Eggplant Parmesan Smoky breaded and grilled eggplant, doused in warm marinara sauce.

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Smoky Blood Orange BBQ Ribs with Avocado Butter Greens.

Blood orange BBQ ribs here we come!  Just in time for super bowl weekend, I’m sharing these sticky sweet ribs to make you the most popular person in the room. We love ‘em!  Don’t you just want to jump in there and eat these babies? OH boy are they good.  I’m not a huuuuge ribs […]

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Blood orange BBQ ribs here we come! 

These blood orange BBQ ribs are smoky, sweet, sticky and oh-so good. Serve alongside an avocado butter greens salad for the ultimate combo!

Just in time for super bowl weekend, I’m sharing these sticky sweet ribs to make you the most popular person in the room. We love ‘em! 

Don’t you just want to jump in there and eat these babies? OH boy are they good. 

blood orange

I’m not a huuuuge ribs person, but a few times a year I love to make them – they hit the spot. One of our favorite versions are my baby back ribs with root beer BBQ sauce. OMG. Those are ridic!

blood orange bbq sauce

For this version, I used pork spare ribs (actually from my butcher box, so they were super high quality!) but you can also use baby back! The latter is my go-to for ribs and definitely my favorite variety, but I can’t always find them around me. I have to say I was so pleasantly surprised at the spare ribs. I tested four racks of ribs for this recipe and they.were.phenomenal. 

And I mean, Eddie was in heaven.

If he found it acceptable he’d probably want to eat ribs once a week. You can serve them with so many things (I have an unreal cornbread recipe coming in a few weeks!), make them somewhat ahead of time and they hold up the entire day. You know? They are something you can make on Super Bowl Sunday! And set out and they won’t go bad like a cheesy dip will. 

ribs on the grill!

Here, I’m sharing these ribs along with this easy yet flavorful avocado butter greens salad because it gives such a refreshing CRUNCH!

You know what a freak I am about a texture. I love the juxtaposition – sticky, smoky, chewy but tender ribs served with the fresh, crisp, creamy salad. It’s everything I want to eat together! 

These blood orange BBQ ribs are smoky, sweet, sticky and oh-so good. Serve alongside an avocado butter greens salad for the ultimate combo!

If I was planning a perfect menu for these ribs and avocado salad, I’d add on these potatoes along with some cacio e pepe brussels and cornbread. It sounds like a comforting, hearty, game day or sunday meal. 

Annnnnnnd now I’m staving. 

These blood orange BBQ ribs are smoky, sweet, sticky and oh-so good. Serve alongside an avocado butter greens salad for the ultimate combo!

Oh oh oh!

The blood orange BBQ sauce! YES it is so freaking good. You could make this and use it on anything – pulled pork, BBQ chicken pizza, as a dip for sweet potatoes – the options are endless. It stays great in the fridge for awhile and it’s so flavorful. Might just be my new favorite sauce. 

And p.s. Of course you can use regular orange juice in a pinch. Or in another season! 

These blood orange BBQ ribs are smoky, sweet, sticky and oh-so good. Serve alongside an avocado butter greens salad for the ultimate combo!

My favorite way to prepare these ribs is to bake them low and slow and then toss them on the grill. You don’t HAVE to grill them but grilling them at the end gives them the charred crunchy bits which are so incredible. If you don’t have a grill or simply want to skip that part, bring the ribs out of the oven and slather them in sauce.

Then go.to.town.

These blood orange BBQ ribs are smoky, sweet, sticky and oh-so good. Serve alongside an avocado butter greens salad for the ultimate combo!

There’s a little something here for everyone in flavor town!

These blood orange BBQ ribs are smoky, sweet, sticky and oh-so good. Serve alongside an avocado butter greens salad for the ultimate combo!

Smoky Blood Orange BBQ Ribs

Smoky Blood Orange BBQ Ribs with Avocado Butter Greens

These blood orange BBQ ribs are smoky, sweet, sticky and oh-so good. Serve alongside an avocado butter greens salad for the ultimate combo!

ribs

  • 2 racks of pork spare ribs or baby back ribs, (about 2 lbs each)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons coarse sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon ground mustard
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle chili powder

blood orange BBQ sauce

  • 2/3 cup ketchup
  • 3/4 cup freshly squeezed blood orange juice
  • ½ cup honey
  • 3 garlic cloves, (minced)
  • 2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

avocado butter greens

  • 8 cups butter lettuce
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  • 2 avocados, (thinly sliced)
  • 2 blood oranges, (segmented)
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 garlic cloves, (finely minced or pressed)
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  • 1 pinch crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

ribs

  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Place each rack of ribs on a doubled sheet of aluminum foil.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together the salt, paprika, mustard, garlic powder, pepper, onion powder and chipotle chili powder. Rub the mixture all over both sides of the ribs, then wrap the ribs up in the aluminum foil. Place the racks on a baking sheet and put them on the center rack in the oven.
  3. Bake for 2 1/2 hours.
  4. After 2 1/2 hours, gently pour the juice in the foil packets into a large bowl or measuring cup. The ribs are fine and ready to eat now, but they get DELISH if you throw them on the grill. To do this, whisk in 3 to 4 tablespoons of blood orange BBQ sauce into the juice from the ribs.
  5. Heat the grill to the highest setting and remove the ribs from the foil. Once the grill is hot, place the ribs on the grill and cook for 10 to 12 minutes, until they are charred and slightly crisp on the outsides, basting and rubbing the juices/BBQ sauce mixture on top. Let cool slightly before slathering and serving with lots of blood orange BBQ sauce. Serve alongside the avocado butter greens!
  6. Another option to not grilling: heat the broiler in your oven to the highest setting and baste the ribs with the juices/sauce mixture. Keep the rack in the center of your oven and broil for 2 to 3 minutes per side, basteing th ribs in between.

blood orange BBQ sauce

  1. Place all ingredients in a saucepan and whisk together until combined. Heat over medium heat and bring to a boil, then reduce to low heat and cook for 30 to 60 minutes, until thickened. Stir occasionally. Remove from the heat and let sit at room temperature until it cools and thickens even more.
  2. Store in a jar or sealed container in the fridge.

avocado butter greens

  1. Toss the greens with a pinch of salt and pepper. Add in the sliced avocado and orange slices.
  2. Whisk together the vinegar, honey, garlic, salt, pepper and pepper flakes. Whisk in the olive oil until emulsified.

These blood orange BBQ ribs are smoky, sweet, sticky and oh-so good. Serve alongside an avocado butter greens salad for the ultimate combo!

Oh my yum.

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