6 things you didn’t know you could cook on a BBQ

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BBQ season is finally upon us — and for Canadians who have dealt with a long, cold winter, it couldn’t come sooner.

While you’re planning the menu for your first BBQ of the season, we encourage you to think outside the box. After all, summers are fleeting — so take full advantage of cooking any and everything in the great outdoors. While we all love a classic charbroiled hamburger, your BBQ is capable of a lot more.

Think of your BBQ as an extension of your stove. A consistent temperature is key to perfectly-cooked food — and grills like the Vida by PADERNO Essence Series Gas BBQs, which come in both a two burner and four burner model, feature TempASSURED Technology™ that allows you to set and maintain a specific temperature using Oven Mode. These grills make it even easier to take your favourite indoor oven recipes outdoors. 

For foodies ready to experiment this summer, here are just a few unconventional recipes you can easily grill, bake or broil on your grill. 

Cookies

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Yes, you read that right. Your BBQ is just as capable as your oven — and that means you can even bake cookies on a grill.

The Vida by PADERNO Essence Series Gas BBQ’s innovative Oven Mode functionality allow you to set and maintain a specific grill temperature, which basically allows your grill to function, well, like an oven.

You’ll need the right pans and in this case, we recommend a solid metal pan. Preheat your grill to the recipe’s specified temperature or a little higher to account for the temperature drop when you open the hood.

The secret to not burning or overcooking cookie on the BBQ is to use indirect heat, so you’ll want to turn off one burner while the other maintains the temperature. Place your dough on the unlit burner so the cookies don't overheat.

Follow your recipe instructions but keep a close eye on the cookies to ensure they're baking correctly. Luckily, the Vida by PADERNO Essence Series Gas BBQ offers an EasyCHECK window in the lid, which allows you to check on food without heat escaping.

Pizza

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Pizza cooked on a BBQ is truly a thing of beauty. In fact, pizza tends to cook better in extreme heat, which allows the crust to blister and the cheese to broil and bubble.

To start, you’ll need a steel or ceramic pizza stone (we recommend ceramic) — or you can also toss the pizza directly on the grates. A ceramic stone is your best bet for even heat distribution and cooking.

Using the BBQ's Oven Mode functionality, let the pizza stone heat up to 450 degrees — while you roll out your 8 oz ball of dough and prep your toppings. For extra tasty results, grill your toppings first. Next, assemble everything on the pizza stone just as you would make a pizza in your oven. Put the grill hood down and allow the crust to brown. Timing can vary, but 8-10 minutes should do the trick. If you’re grilling on the Essence Series BBQs, you can monitor your food without heat escaping by using the EasyCHECK Window.

Watermelon

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Grilling watermelon is a fairly new BBQ phenomenon but the drool-worthy recipe is gaining popularity amongst adventurous eaters. Heat removes water from the fruit, which enhances the flavours while adding a smokey and savoury touch.

Start by cutting your watermelon into steak-like pieces. Brush your slices with a bit of olive oil and place on a preheated grill. Let those beautiful grill marks appear before flipping.

Plate and serve to your eager guests with a splash of lime juice and fresh cilantro for the perfect summer flavour profile.

Pancakes

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The next time you’re contemplating what to make for breakfast, consider bacon and pancakes on the BBQ.

It might seem unconventional and potentially messy to cook a full breakfast on a BBQ but the only tool you’ll need is a griddle or cast iron pan. A cast iron griddle is a low-maintenance option that’s pre-seasoned and can be used on the gill.

Preheat your grill to about 200 degrees and pour the batter directly on the griddle. You can even start cooking your breakfast proteins alongside your pancakes if you have a big enough surface. When bubbles start to form, flip your pancakes and serve the finished product with butter, maple syrup and fresh fruit.

Avocado toast

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If you want to level up your avocado toast, try utilizing your BBQ for a twist on the millennial favourite. Avocados may be delicate but they can handle a little heat and you’ll love the subtle smokey flavour.

Cut your avocados in half and brush with olive oil. Place the halves on your grill for a few minutes until those enviable grill marks appear. When it comes to fresh bread, the only thing better is fresh bread toasted on a grill.

Assemble your avocado toast with your favourite accoutrements for a versatile meal that can serve as breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Salads

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It might sound counterintuitive to grill your salads — but you may just be missing out on a great thing.

Grilled romaine lettuce is a super easy way to give your summer salads a tasty twist. Simply cut your lettuce lengthwise and brush with olive oil. Allow the lettuce to char on all sides and plate it with grilled tomatoes, onion and avocado — and add chicken, or another protein, if you feel like something a bit heartier. Give your dish another drizzle of olive oil and sprinkle with your preferred cheese.