Hosting a Simple and Stylish Backyard BBQ

’tis the season for outdoor entertaining! As we officially kick off summer, I am so looking forward to a backyard BBQ every weekend under our charming café lights.It’s the best way to gather friends and family, enjoy the outdoors and grill delicious food! There’s also nothing prettier than dining al fresco while enjoying a warm summer evening. So, I’m here to give you some tips and tricks for hosting a simple and stylish backyard BBQ.

Hosting a Simple and Stylish Backyard BBQ

When it comes to setting up your BBQ dinner table, stick to a neutral color pallet. A plaid table cloth paired with black plates and white garden roses along the center on the table give your tablescape a modern yet summery look. A pop of green in the glassware and napkins give the table a burst of color and ties in the greenery from the centerpieces. If you don’t have a florist on hand, I highly grocery store flowers work just as great (if not better since they’re cheaper). A single bloom, like these garden roses, paired with greenery is a simple yet gorgeous way to create a centerpiece. Add lots of candles throughout the table as well to create a little bit of ambiance.

Hosting a Simple and Stylish Backyard BBQ

Hosting a Simple and Stylish Backyard BBQ

Hosting a Simple and Stylish Backyard BBQ

Hosting a Simple and Stylish Backyard BBQ

Hosting a Simple and Stylish Backyard BBQ

I am always opting for a more healthy option when it comes to summer dinners. As delicious as hot dogs and hamburgers are, there’s nothing that pairs better in the summer time with La Crema Monterey Pinot Noir and Chardonnay than fresh grilled fish and vegetables paired with an heirloom tomato and burrata salad. Is your mouth watering yet? When it comes to grilling I always put a little kick of spice into what I am making. This sriracha salmon is one of my all time favorite recipes to throw on the grill when hosting a backyard bbq!

Hosting a Simple and Stylish Backyard BBQ

Hosting a Simple and Stylish Backyard BBQ

Hosting a Simple and Stylish Backyard BBQ  Hosting a Simple and Stylish Backyard BBQ

Hosting a Simple and Stylish Backyard BBQ

Sriracha Salmon with Mango Salsa

Recipe type: Main
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Serves: 2-4

Ingredients

For the Salmon
  • 1tbs agave
  • 1-2tbs soy sauce
  • 1/2tbs sriracha (or more depending on how spicy you like it)
  • 2 salmon filets
MANGO SALSA
  • 1 mango, finely diced
  • 1/2 cucumber, seeded and finely diced (about 3/4 cup)
  • Zest and juice of 1/2 lime, or to taste
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 small red onion, diced
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, finely chopped

Instructions

For the marinade:
  1. In a small dish mix all the ingredients together. Add more sriracha and more soy sauce if needed!
  2. Place the filets in a zip-lock bag and add the sauce. Let marinate for 30 minutes up to 2 hours.
For the salsa:
  1. In a medium bowl, combine mango, cucumber, lime zest, lime juice, cilantro, onion and jalapeño. Toss to combine.
Cooking the salmon:
  1. Heat a grill over medium heat.
  2. Once your grill is hot, place the filets skin side up for 10 minutes. Flip over for 5 more minutes to let cook.
  3. Top with the salsa and enjoy!

Hosting a Simple and Stylish Backyard BBQ

Hosting a Simple and Stylish Backyard BBQ

Another favorite grill recipe are these spiced halibut skewers. The halibut is chopped and skewered for easy grilling and is packed with so much delicious flavor. Pair with skewered veggies seasoned with cayenne, salt, pepper and EVOO.

Spiced Halibut Skewers

Recipe type: Main
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Serves: 4-6

Ingredients

  • ¾ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¾ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ¾ teaspoon dried oregano or 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh
  • ¾ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • Orange slices
  • 1 ½ pounds boneless, skinless wild halibut or other firm white fish, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 Tablespoons unrefined, cold pressed extra-virgin olive oil + additional for brushing grill

Instructions

  1. Heat a grill over medium heat.
  2. Combine spices and salt together in a small bowl.
  3. Skewer halibut on double-pronged or 2 parallel skewers, beginning and ending with the halibut. Brush halibut with olive oil and sprinkle both sides with reserved spice mixture.
  4. Brush grill with olive oil and grill skewers 2 ½ to 4 minutes on each side, depending on thickness, until fish flakes easily with a fork. Serve with orange slices!

Complete your BBQ meal with a fresh heirloom tomato and burrata salad. Simply fill a bowl with spinach and top with sliced tomatoes and roughly chopped burrata. Drizzle with olive oil and top with salt and freshly ground pepper. This is the perfect summer salad to serve with any bbq meal, and it’s a wonderful match to La Crema’s Monterey Chardonnay.

Hosting a Simple and Stylish Backyard BBQ

Hosting a Simple and Stylish Backyard BBQ

What are your backyard BBQ go-to grilling recipes? Let us know in the comments!

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