An outdoor kitchen is a fun addition to a home, so what should you cook in it? Try one of these delicious outdoor cooking recipes.
If you love entertaining, you should install an outdoor kitchen.
Outdoor kitchens create relaxing indoor-outdoor spaces that any outdoor enthusiast will appreciate. Not to mention the resale value an outdoor kitchen on the patio or by the pool adds to your home. Homes with outdoor kitchens typically see an ROI between 100% and 200%, depending on the location.
Once you’re familiar with all of your new kitchen gadgets, what will you cook first?
Keep reading for five outdoor cooking recipes to break in your new cooking area.
5 Outdoor Cooking Recipes to Try in Your Outdoor Kitchen
Spicy Pork Skewers
There’s nothing quite like the mixture of chiles, garlic, and vinegar. That, combined with Sprite and dried mushrooms, creates a marinade that’s full of flavor.
Savor every drop of the marinade – keep the extra and baste your skewers while they’re on the grill!
- 2 lb. skinless, boneless pork shoulder
- ½ small red onion, sliced thin
- 12 red Thai chiles, chopped
- 8 garlic cloves, chopped
- 1 cup Sprite or 7UP soda
- ½ cup soy sauce or coconut aminos
- ⅓ cup cane vinegar or unseasoned rice vinegar
- ¼ cup white sugar
- 1 Tbsp. black peppercorns
- 1 Tbsp. kosher salt, plus more to taste
- 6 dried mushrooms (shiitake)
- Freeze the boneless, skinless pork shoulder until it is firm around the edges. This should take 45-60 minutes. Then, slice it lengthwise into 1”-2” wide strips.
- Combine ingredients for your marinade in a large plastic bag that can be sealed.
- Grind mushrooms into a powder, then whisk the powder into the marinade.
- Add pork slowly, a few pieces at a time, so that they coat well. Don’t let them stick together so each piece can absorb the marinade.
- Cover the mixture. Let the pork and marinade chill in the refrigerator for 6-8 hours.
- Remove pieces of pork from the marinade and begin putting them on skewers while waiting for the grill to reach medium-high heat.
- Season the pork to your liking and grill each skewer for about 2 minutes. They should be well-browned at this point. Using your leftover marinade, baste the skewers and continue to grill until cooked through and browned (this should take about 4 minutes).
Grilled Mustard Broccoli
Eating your vegetables is way more fun when they’re covered in a spicy yogurt sauce.
This broccoli is different than what your mom used to make. It’s basted in sauce and then grilled for extra flavor.
- 1 ½ lb of broccoli
- ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1 tablespoon mustard oil or olive oil
- 1 tablespoon whole grain mustard
- 1½ teaspoons chili powder or paprika
- 1 teaspoon chaat masala
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
- Vegetable oil
- Clean broccoli by trimming the stems, then cutting away from the heads. Slice the stems lengthwise into ¼”-thick strips. Then, bring salted water to a boil and cook the stems and florets until the broccoli is bright green and tender. This will take approximately 2-3 minutes.
- Put the broccoli into a bowl of ice water, then remove from water and pat it dry with paper towels.
- Combine ingredients for the sauce (yogurt, mustard oil, whole grain mustard, cumin, chili powder, chaat masala, and turmeric) into a bowl. Whisk.
- Add broccoli and toss to coat with the mixture, then season to your liking.
- Once your grill has reached medium-high heat, grill the broccoli while occasionally turning for 5-7 minutes. Let some spots char, then transfer to a serving platter or bowl.
Skillet Mac and Cheese
Just because you’re cooking outside doesn’t mean you have to give up comfort food. Your kids will love it, but this mac and cheese recipe is a hit, whether you’re a kid or not.
- 12 oz box macaroni
- 1 Tbsp butter
- 1 12oz can evaporated milk
- 1 tsp mustard
- 2 tsp Frank’s Red Hot
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 cups shredded mild cheddar cheese
- Prepare macaroni of your choice according to the instructions on the box.
- Heat a 12-inch cast-iron skillet over medium heat while the pasta is cooking.
- When pasta is tender, drain and add to the cast iron skillet with butter, milk, mustard, hot sauce, and cheddar cheese.
- Mix until combined and cheese is melted. It’s that easy!
Homemade Grilled Pizza
There’s nothing easier or more customizable than homemade pizza. This is always a crowd-pleaser, especially if your outdoor kitchen is equipped with a wood-fired pizza oven.
You can easily buy pre-made dough or make your own. It depends on how adventurous you’re feeling in your new space! Mix and match as many toppings as you want for this one.
- Pizza dough (homemade or store-bought)
- Pizza sauce of your choice
- Ham, diced
- Red onions
- Mozzarella, shredded
- Divide the ball of pizza dough into four equal pieces. Roll the dough into 10-inch rounds on top of a floured surface.
- Prepare, slice, and chop all of your toppings while your grill or oven is heating. Organize the toppings to your liking.
- Place the dough rounds on the grill and let them cook for 1-3 minutes.
- Flip the dough quickly and begin to add toppings. Cook for 3-5 minutes longer. The cheese will melt and begin to bubble.
- Remove the pizza from the grill with a large spatula.
- Cut into slices and enjoy!
5. Carolina Barbecue Chicken
Few foods can be enjoyed in the outdoors as much as barbecue chicken. This is a staple recipe that every outdoor cook should have in their arsenal.
- 1/2 cup yellow mustard
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1 1/2 tablespoons mustard powder
- 2 teaspoons hot sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- Salt and pepper
- 2 Tbs unsalted butter, melted
- 8 chicken thighs
- Vegetable oil
- Preheat your grill to medium.
- Combine mustard, vinegar, sugar, mustard powder, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper to taste in a bowl. Whisk until smooth.
- Toss the chicken with ⅓ of the sauce in a large bowl until all of the chicken is coated.
- Let the mixture rest for 10 minutes while you brush the grill grates with vegetable oil.
- Reserve ¼ of the sauce for basting and the rest for topping the chicken.
- While basting occasionally, grill the chicken until it reaches an internal temperature of 170 degrees F. This should take approximately 10-12 minutes per side.
- Serve with the rest of the mustard sauce. Add sliced tomato and macaroni salad if you wish!
Try Your Hand at These Outdoor Cooking Recipes!
If you’re not drooling by now, we haven’t done our job.
Now that you’ve taken your backyard to a whole new level impress your family and friends with these easy outdoor cooking recipes.