Just because the fall air is beginning to settle in doesn’t mean it’s time to winterize your outdoor kitchen. Autumn is a great time of the year to try your hand at some cold weather-inspired grilling. From smoking delicious cuts of meat to whipping up meals with seasonal fruits and vegetables, your outdoor kitchen doesn’t need to close for the season. Here are a few ideas so you can get the grill going and serve up some phenomenal cuisine.
Pork is an ideal fall meat because it perfectly pairs with some of the season’s best fruits and vegetables. This time of the year is prime for apples, and the two go hand in hand perfectly. With a slight chill in the air, you may want to spice up your pork on the grill. Cook it up with chili powder, cumin or paprika to give it a little kick. If you’re going for sweet and savory, try pork chops with apples and onions. Marinate the chops with some salt and pepper, butter and one cup of beer or white wine. Give each side of the pork a bit of char and garnish with sautéed apples and onions.
If you want to get really crafty, apple-stuffed pork tenderloin is sure to please a crowd. Make sure you have kitchen twine to wrap up the cut of meat so all the juices stay inside.
Comforting vegetables like zucchini and squash are in season now, so you’ll be able to capture the best of the flavors of these veggies in the fall. Chop up the squash of your choice and season with olive oil, salt, pepper and rosemary, and toss everything together in aluminum foil to go on the grill. If you have a side burner, you can simply sauté them while you’re cooking the meat on your grill.
Deep-frying a turkey is popular, but what about grilling a bird? You can easily grill a whole turkey] so the outside is nice and crisp and the inside is super juicy. In order for the bird to stand straight up inside of the grill, you can use a device that will catch all the grease while also holding it upright. If you want to give your turkey an extra kick, stuff the bottom with an opened, full beer can. The moisture from the beer will give the turkey a delicious flavor, and you can even get really seasonal by using pumpkin beer.
A nice, hearty burger is a staple for the grill, but this mainstay can be spun to include the best of the fall season. If you’re having friends and family over for the next big game, a modern burger is a great way to please everyone’s taste buds. Grill each patty accordingly, and then top them with goat cheese, arugula and lightly grilled tomatoes. The nutty taste of the arugula and slightly tangy goat cheese will allow you to pair this burger with a side of caramelized pears or homemade applesauce. Add each burger to a grilled brioche bun and your guests will never want to go anywhere else for the next game.
When it’s time to eat outside, make sure that you have a fire or your patio heaters going so the food doesn’t get cold and everyone can enjoy the cozy atmosphere. Why not end the night with some sweet s’mores over the fire? Although this tasty dessert tends to be more synonymous with summer, you can make it a bit more autumn-inspired by using caramel or peanut butter instead of chocolate.