Grilling Out For the Meat Eaters

If you love to grill red meat and love to grill outside then this is the perfect menu for you! Just heat up your grill, throw some ribs and corn and start cooking. Don't forget the baked beans and macaroni salad either.

Quick Baby Back Ribs, Barbeque Macaroni Salad, Beefy Baked Beans, Best Ever Corn on the Cob, Fresh Fruit Bowl

Quick Baby Back Ribs (Main Course)

Compared to the cooking time of ribs, this is relatively quick - under an hour.


1 C. mesquite chips, soaked

1 2 lb. slab baby back pork ribs

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. freshly ground pepper

1 tsp. Hungarian paprika

1 tsp. ancho chile powder

1/2 tsp. ground thyme

1 C. barbeque sauce


Prepare an outdoor grill for indirect heat - a pile of charcoal on one side, nothing under the food. Once it is going, throw some soaked mesquite woodchips on it. Remove the membrane from the ribs if the butcher has not already. Combine the salt, pepper, paprika, chile powder and thyme; rub onto the ribs. Cut the slab of ribs in half. Place the ribs over indirect heat, and close the lid. Cook for 20 minutes, then brush with barbeque sauce. Cover, and continue cooking for an additional 30 minutes.

Yield: 1 rack of ribs.

Barbeque Macaroni Salad (Side Dish)

A macaroni salad with a twist. Great for summer parties. You can garnish with hard-boiled eggs and tomato wedges, if desired.


1 (12 oz.) package elbow macaroni

1 (15 oz.) can marinara sauce

1 1/2 C. chopped celery

1 C. sweet pickle relish

1 (4 oz.) can sliced black olives

1 small red onion, chopped

1 1/2 C. mayonnaise

1 tsp. chili powder


Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add macaroni, and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente. Drain, and rinse under cold water. Put macaroni in a serving bowl, and mix in the marinara sauce, celery, relish, olives, onion, mayonnaise and chili powder. Cover and chill for at least 2 hours before serving.

Yield: 12 Servings.

Beefy Baked Beans (Side Dish)

You can’t have a barbeque without the beans!


1 1/2 lb. ground chuck

1 C. Heinz chili sauce

2 large cans pork and beans or baked beans

1 large sweet onion

1/2-1 C. brown sugar


Brown ground beef and drain well. Dice onions and cook in a little oil until they are soft. Add all the ingredients together into a casserole dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. You can easily add these to a crockpot in the morning and serve for supper. Options: This easily doubles or triples. For spicy beans add a few shakes of hot pepper sauce. I also like to add a spoon or two of molasses instead of the brown sugar and hearty mustard for a variation.

Best Ever Corn on the Cob (Side Dish)

According to the Weber grill folks, Americans love to grill corn-on-the-cob more than any other veggie. But what's the best way? We did some tasty research, and here's the easiest, most flavorful way we found for grilling corn.


Pull down the husks and remove the silk. Brush each ear with about 2 tsp. of butter and pull the husks back up around the ears. If they don't completely cover the corn, that's okay. The exposed kernels will char and take on that great smoky flavor. Place the corn on a gas grill over medium heat or on a charcoal grill 4 to 6 inches from medium coals. Grill for 10 minutes, turning the ears halfway through the cooking time. Season with salt and pepper.

Fresh Fruit Bowl (Dessert)

Make your very own fruit bowl and add all your favorite fruit. There is nothing more refreshing then fresh fruit on a hot summer’s night.

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