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6 Delicious BBQ Recipes You Can Make at Home — Without a Grill

by Hannah Taub
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Memorial Day is here and summer is fast approaching. The best part about the summer is barbecuing your favorite foods by a fire with some friends. While this summer is looking a bit different due to COVID-19, there are still many ways to make light of the situation — one being cooking at home. Whether you have a grill or not, there are many at-home recipes you can make right from your own kitchens that will give you that warm summer BBQ feeling sans an actual barbecue. Being that many of us live in apartments not everyone has grills, but have no fear, all you need is an oven + a frying pan and you are good to go. Here are a few recipes to try ASAP.

A Note on Summer Foods


When we think “summer food,” grilled chicken and steak come to mind. Anything on a stick, to fresh grilled fruits and veggies is always a good idea, too. All foods on sticks and bite-sized foods are perfect for small gatherings and they are “social distancing friendly” because you can put these items on separate plates for your guests to enjoy. Whether you are in the yard or bringing some snacks to a park these recipes are perfect for the summer and are so easy to make! 

Burrata Toasts with Prosciutto

This recipe is great for a fun snack idea to share with your family outside that is bite-sized and easy to make. There is always an option to use a grill if you have one, but in this case all you need is an oven or even a toaster.

tomato burrata

What You’ll Need:

  • Italian Bread
  • Burrata {You can find this in local grocery stores such as Trader Joe’s or go support any local Italian restaurant/ deli in Hudson County, as you’ll find burrata there.} – 
  • Olive oil
  • Prosciutto
  • Balsamic glaze

How to Make It

Slice Italian bread into bite-sized toasts and brush each slice with olive oil on both sides. Put the toasts in an oven or toaster until both sides are golden. After the bread is toasted, use a spoon or knife to spread the burrata on each toast. Top them with prosciutto and drizzle with balsamic glaze! 

“Healthy-ish” Baked Mac + Cheese

When we think of BBQ food, side dishes tend to be our favorite part of the whole meal Mac + cheese is a classic dish that goes perfectly with grilled chicken. This is another classic with a twist. Some of the more “heavy” ingredients are subbed for healthier ones, however, trust us on this — you would never know the difference.

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country mac

What You’ll Need

  • 1 bag of gluten-free pasta of choice
  • 4 cups of unsweetened cashew milk
  • ½ a stick of unsalted butter 
  • ½ cup of coconut flour 
  • Salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste
  • 3-4 cups of extra sharp cheddar cheese
  • Panko breadcrumbs

How to Make It

Boil the pasta and while that is cooking make the cheese sauce. In a skillet/pan whisk the flour and butter until the mix is thickened, slowly whisk in the milk then add the cheese in until the cheese sauce is all meshed together. Add your spices, and the cooked pasta, and then mix it all together in a baking dish. Add some extra cheese and panko breadcrumbs on top and bake at 350 degrees for about 15-20 minutes. 

Baked BBQ Chicken Legs + Thighs

Nothing better than BBQ chicken on a summer day. The best part about this recipe is it can be made right in your oven + it smells just like you are barbecuing, except you are inside.

bbq chicken

What You’ll Need:

  • 4 tablespoons  of canola oil separated
  • 3 pounds of chicken legs and thighs bone-in and skin on
  • 1 tablespoon of TAK House Seasoning {or your favorite seasoning blend}
  • 1 ½ cups  of sweet and sticky-style BBQ sauce

How to Make It

In a skillet, heat canola oil and sear the chicken legs and thighs until they are golden brown, use the dry spices to coat your chicken first before searing. Once the chicken is seared, grab a baking dish and put half the BBQ sauce in the dish, then put the chicken on top and brush the chicken with remaining sauce. Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, then remove the foil after and bake for an additional 15 minutes at 375 degrees. Get the full recipe here.

Easy Broiled Beef Kabobs 

Everything just tastes better on a stick. These beef kabobs are perfect to share separately and are super flavorful. 

bbq beef

What You’ll Need: 

  • Top sirloin beef — 1.75 lbs, cut into bite-size pieces.
  • 3.5 teaspoons of Montreal steak seasoning 
  • ½ tablespoon of cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large red bell pepper
  • 1 medium red onion

How to Make It

Pre-soak your wooden skewers so they don’t burn. In a bowl, combine beef with steak seasoning, cinnamon, and olive oil then place in the fridge. While that marinades, cut up the red pepper and onion into bite-size pieces. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.

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Thread the meat onto the soaked skewers followed by alternating red pepper and onion pieces. Once this is done, place on a baking sheet on the middle oven rack, broil kabobs on high for 15-20 minutes {to desired your desired doneness}, turning once. Get the full recipe here.

Oven-Fried Pickles

Fried pickles, a classic favorite comfort food. These are packed with flavor and you can even stick these on skewers to enjoy with friends at a park. 

fried pickles

What You’ll Need:

  • Cooking spray
  • 1 16 ounce container dill pickle chips, drained well with broken pieces removed
  • ½ of cup flour
  • 2-3 large eggs {start with two and add a third if needed{
  • 1 1/2 cups of panko bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon of seasoned salt
  • 1 teaspoon of dried dill
  • Your favorite BBQ sauce
  • Ranch dressing

How to Make It

Dredge the pickle slices in flour, egg, and panko bread crumbs with seasoning. Repeat this process until all the pickles are evenly coated. Put the pickles on a baking sheet and bake at 425 degrees for 20 minutes. Serve these with a mix of the BBQ and ranch dressing for a special sauce.  The full recipe.

Oven-Roasted Corn


Nothing beats corn on the cob during the summer. This oven-roasted corn will have you forgetting about the grill in no time. It falls right off the cob and tastes super sweet. 

What You’ll Need:

  • 8 ears corn, cleaned
  • 1 stick {8 tablespoons} of unsalted butter, room temperature
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Fresh ground black pepper, to taste

How to Make It

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Place corn on a baking sheet. Reserve about 1/2 of the butter. Spread remaining butter on the whole ear of corn. Sprinkle the corn with salt and pepper. Bake for 30-45 minutes or until corn starts to brown while turning the corn occasionally. Remove from the oven and spread the remaining butter over the top of the corn. Sprinkle with more seasoning as desired. Find the full recipe here.

Which of these recipes will you be making today? Let us know in the comments!


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