Summer Grilling


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    Picture this: The table is set with a red-checkered tablecloth, the corn has just been set down on a platter all perfectly buttered, and the ribs are almost done cooking on the grill. You're ready to dive in, but as soon as those beautifully charred, juicy ribs hit the table you suddenly realize, there's no sauce. Most likely, this nightmare of a scenario will never take place, but not only does it send a shiver down your spine, it also highlights the importance of something that's usually in attendance at your summer cookouts: the barbecue sauce.

    Barbecue sauce - it's such a large part of so many things we love. What would barbecue chicken be without its sauce? How would your pulled pork be so juicy without a little barbecue mojo to go with it? And even for those chicken nugget lovers who prefer the tang of sauce over ketchup - what would they do without it?

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    As you can see, barbecue sauce is a pretty big deal, so it's import

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  • Feeling anxious about what to eat can sabotage a summer cookout, and that's no fun at all. Let us do the worrying for you, and slim down your grill fest with these skinny swaps - they're so simple, you hardly have to think about them. By Holly Corbett, REDBOOK.

    1. Be sides savvy
    Take advantage of fresh and tasty seasonal produce while slimming your waist: Trade a side of traditional creamy potato salad for sliced tomatoes, cucumbers, and onions tossed with fat-free Italian dressing and you'll save yourself 258 calories.

    2. Dip wisely
    Instead of coating greasy chips with fat-packed sour cream, try serving baked tortilla chips or better yet, whole-wheat pita wedges with low-fat refried beans and chunky salsa. The swap makes a big - 109 calories to be exact - difference. Bonus: It's a tasty way to sneak in an extra serving of veggies.

    3. Load burgers with flavor, not fat
    These sneaky ingredients will make chicken or turkey burgers taste so much better, not to mention up their healthiness factor

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  • For perfect ribs, all you need is salt, pepper, garlic, and sugar.

    From 20-ingredient dry rubs to carefully guarded sauces, if there's one category of cooking that's shrouded in mystery and riddled with "secret" recipes more than any other, it's barbecue. That's not a bad thing, but it can make cooking ribs pretty intimidating if you weren't lucky enough to have a granddad whisper his secret rib seasoning in your ear. We're here to tell you that the only ingredients you need for perfectly moist, meaty ribs are salt, pepper, garlic powder, and brown sugar.

    RELATED: Dunk your ribs in "Carolina Gold" Barbecue Sauce.

    Now, what you do with these 4 ingredients matters -- don't just sprinkle them over the ribs willy-nilly. There should be twice as much salt as pepper, garlic, and sugar. The amount of salt keeps the ribs moist while cooking, and balances the heat from the pepper and the sweetness from the sugar. If you just want to make enough rub for the recipe below (it calls

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  • Hamburger or Hot Dog?

    Hamburger or Hot Dog?

    Nothing tempts more than an open grill, but barbecue calories can add up. We quizzed Becky Hand, registered dietitian and coauthor of The Spark Solution, on how she survives the 4th of July spread.

    Related: 5 Healthy Foods You Should Eat Everyday

    1. For Starters?

    "Chances are, there will be watermelon or corn on the cob-it's good to go for fresh produce first to fill up. Plus, they're in season and delicious!"

    Related: 10 Guilt-Free Summer Snacks

    2. Burger or Hot Dog?

    "Burger. it may have about 215 calories- compared with 140 in a hot dog-but it has 22 grams of protein versus 5, so it keeps you full longer. There's also less sodium and fewer additives."

    Related: 10 Surprising Foods That Pack On The Pounds

    3. Potato Salad or Coleslaw?

    "Slaw. it could still be high in fat if it's made with mayo, but the carrots and cabbage offer fiber and vitamins A and C. Limit yourself to a half-cup."

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  • by Sarah-Jane Bedwell

    photo by Romulo Yanes

    photo by Romulo Yanes

    These days, burgers and dogs are no longer the only stars of the grilling scene. From smoky grilled corn to juicy grilled peaches, tasty meatless options are taking over. But we're particularly into grilling fruit: Grilling caramelizes the natural sugars in fruit and makes them even juicier, creating a perfect guilt-free finish to any summer meal. Try serving them as a side dish or atop grilled fish or meat. Here, three of my favorites.

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    * Peaches: These babies are extra sweet thanks to my secret marinade! Combine 1 tbsp of olive oil and 1 tsp agave in a small dish. Brush over the sides of 4 halved and pitted peaches. Grill cut side down until caramelized.

    * Pineapple: Grilled pineapple screams summer. For a fun twist, try cutting a ripe pineapple into half inch slices. Then, combine 2 tbsp honey, 1 tsp olive oil, 1 tbsp lime juice and 1 tsp cinnamon in a small dish. Brush the pineapple slices with the marinade, and grill 3 to 5 min

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