3 Recipes that Benefit from Indirect Heat on the Grill

If you’re just getting started with indirect heat grilling, we have a few recipes for you to try.

Herb-Roasted Whole Chicken

This herb-roasted whole chicken is a recipe to have in your back pocket for Sunday suppers, celebratory summer weekends, or even a weekday meal when you have a bit of time to dedicate to putting together a meal that is simple, hearty, and delicious. This recipe can be followed in the oven or on the grill, though we recommend the grill as it gives the chicken such an incredible depth of flavor that you just can’t achieve in the oven. If you’re short on time and can’t man the grill on and off for two hours or it’s a rainy day, simply follow the ingredients in this recipe and put the chicken on a roasting pan in the oven at 375-degrees for 1.5 to 2 hours depending on the size of the chicken.

Smoked BBQ Ribs

No smoker? No problem. These BBQ ribs still get the unique smokey wood flavor thanks to some pre-soaked wood chips but the grill does all of the work. Consider this recipe your solid base and experiment with flavor profiles that you love. Prefer a spicier flavor to your ribs? Bump up the heat on your dry rub with some extra cayenne and chili powder and swap the yellow mustard for adobo sauce. Want ribs on the sweeter side? Swap the mustard for molasses—the indirect heat on the grill will help ensure the ribs don’t caramelize and burn too quickly from the added sugar.

3. Grilled Vegetable Medley

The grill isn’t just reserved for meats! Those on vegetarian or plant-based diets can enjoy plenty of grilled recipes, including this simple grilled vegetable medley recipe. The balsamic vinegar in this recipe is crucial—it punctuates the fresh notes of the vegetables and accentuates the flavors of each one. The tomatoes take on a sweeter, umami-rich quality while the peppers benefit from a slightly acidic punch. The entire dish is made perfect with a fresh topping of basil—either roughly shredded by hand just as you pull the vegetables off the grill or delicately cut and sprinkled on top for a beautiful presentation.

These recipes highlight the versatility and benefits of indirect heat grilling, offering a range of flavors and techniques to try out. Enjoy!

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