If it didn’t feel like summer was on its way before this weekend, the Memorial Day weekend festivities have surely given you the fever for lightning bugs, swimming pools, homegrown tomatoes and grilling out.
We’ll have to wait just a little longer for the first three things (unless you like ice-cold pool water), but we all know grilling is an annual activity and it’s plenty warm enough out there to make it even better. All you need now is some new recipes.
How about “All Fired Up” from the editors of Southern Living magazine, with Troy Black, an award-winning barbecue chef? It has recipes for barbecuing, brining, grilling and smoking. Among the 175 recipes in this book are grilled tri-tip with citrus-chile butter, Vietnamese BBQ tacos, curried beef kabobs with jade sauce, bourbon-brown sugar pork tenderloin, plum-glazed sausage, sweet ginger chicken thighs, Asian-grilled quail and many more.
If you’d like to win this book, leave a comment on this blog entry telling me your favorite grilled food. The deadline is 5 p.m. Thursday; I’ll announce a winner on Friday. Meanwhile, enjoy this recipe for sweet ginger chicken thighs.
Sweet Ginger Chicken Thighs
1 (6-oz.) cans pineapple juice
3 Tbsp. grated fresh ginger
3 Tbsp. soy sauce
2 Tbsp. sesame oil
2 Tbsp. light brown sugar
1 tsp. kosher salt
3/4 tsp. coarsely ground pepper
3 green onions, thinly sliced
4 lbs. skin-on, bone-in chicken thighs
1. Whisk together the first 8 ingredients; reserve 1 cup for sauce. Pour remaining marinade into a large zip-top plastic freezer bag. Add chicken, seal and chill 8 hours.
2. Pour reserved 1 cup marinade into a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat; reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes, or until marinade is slightly thickened and reduced to 1/2 cup.
3. Preheat grill to 300 to 350 (medium) heat. Remove chicken from marinade; discard marinade. Grill chicken, covered with grill lid, 8 to 10 minutes on each side or until a meat thermometer registers 180 degrees. Brush chicken with reserved marinade.
– “All Fired Up,” from the editors of Southern Living magazine