Watch Cooking Channel

Grilling in the Park: How City Girls Can Barbecue

It’s no secret that I miss my grill from the suburbs. But even city dwellers have a couple options for achieving the authentic flavor of a BBQ dinner (including indoor grilling). Just because that grill isn’t on your back patio (if you have one), it doesn’t mean you can’t spend a sunny summer day grilling outdoors. We love living in Brooklyn, especially near the new Brooklyn Bridge Park — it’s an amazing public space that continues to get better every year. One recently opened feature is the Picnic Peninsula, which has a ton of hibachi-style grills and picnic tables. We’ve been trying to get there all season for a good old-fashioned city BBQ and finally made it happen this past week; the experience was one of our best this summer. I learned a few things my first time barbecuing on-the-go that you’ll want to keep in mind if you’re ready to plan your own city adventure.

Tinfoil to clean the grill
No need to invest in a grill-cleaning brush, especially if you don’t own a grill. But it is important to clean the grill before using it so that your food doesn’t taste like somebody else’s burned leftover bits. Try wadding up a piece of tinfoil and using tongs to scrape away any residue; you can also easily clean the grates by firmly swiping half an onion over them.

Charcoal chimney
A charcoal chimney is the easiest way to get your coals hot really fast. It’s a small tool that can be purchased for somewhere between $10 and $15, but it makes the process a breeze. I’d be lying if I didn’t admit to feeling like a BBQ-on-the-go professional when I set up my charcoal chimney. Such a cool tool is worth the small investment.

Easy-to-transport food
When it comes to the menu, keep it simple. The only prep I did was for my Marinated Veggie Kebabs, and everything else I grabbed at the farmers market: fresh corn on the cob, all-beef franks, hot dog buns, sodas and some delicious stone fruit. Everything should be easy to eat, too.

The best thing we had hands down was the skewers (and specifically the halloumi cheese on the skewers). Halloumi is a great ingredient for grilling because it’s one of the only varieties of cheese that can stand up to a grill. It tastes a bit like feta but has a more structure. When painted with olive oil and grilled, it gets charred on the outside, and soft and chewy on the inside. We were all fighting over those last grilled cheese pieces!

While these tips were super helpful for my city BBQ, they also apply to beach picnicking. If the beach you’re headed to this weekend has community grills, take advantage of them and grill a delicious lunch or sunset dinner!

Get 100 ways to love summer, plus more grilling, side dish and picnic recipes and more from Cooking Channel.

Stay tuned for more behind-the-scenes posts from Kelsey Nixon every Wednesday, and tune in to new episodes of Kelsey’s Essentials every Wednesday at 8pm ET on Cooking Channel. Find all the recipes from Kelsey’s Essentials here.

Tags:

Comments (33)

  1. kmv posted 08/07/2013

    THAT BABY

  2. [...] Grilling in the Park: How City Girls Can Barbecue [...]

  3. [...] Grilling in the Park: How City Girls Can Barbecue – Devour The Blog … [...]

  4. ロンシャントート posted 08/12/2013

    ロンシャントート…

    Some Disgusting Unavoidable truth Concerning Your Amazing japan Vision…

  5. リーボック イージートーン…

    Professional Who Happens To Be Terrified Of men….

  6. reeboksneakers posted 08/13/2013

    reeboksneakers…

    bag Got You Depressed? We Have The Response…

  7. casio 腕時計 posted 08/14/2013

    casio 腕時計…

    Upcoming men Ebook Demonstrates How To Rule The men Arena…

  8. セイコー アストロン posted 08/15/2013

    セイコー アストロン…

    The Ten MostFanatical bag Tricks… And The Way To Utilize them !…

  9. EbQMuiGZ posted 08/15/2013

    EbQMuiGZ…

    How to Use a Park Grill | Devour The Blog: Cooking Channel’s Recipe and Food Blog…

  10. kYceHcgg posted 08/15/2013

    kYceHcgg…

    How to Use a Park Grill | Devour The Blog: Cooking Channel’s Recipe and Food Blog…

  11. イバン サングラス WAYFARER2…

    The actual fundamentals of the watch available to cash in on commencing today….

  12. ポールスミス posted 08/16/2013

    ポールスミス…

    Abroad Announcement : women Considered Absolutely Essential Right now…

  13. ナイキ フリー 4.0 posted 08/19/2013

    ナイキ フリー 4.0…

    japan can help all of us by simply integrating a lot of exceptional functions and capabilities. It’s a unvaluable thing for all fan of japan….

  14. ニューバランス posted 08/22/2013

    ニューバランス…

    Innovative watch Guide Unveil The Simplest Way To Rule The watch Market…

  15. Google posted 08/28/2013

    Google…

    Every after inside a when we opt for blogs that we read. Listed below are the most up-to-date web sites that we pick out….

  16. Product Launch Formula 4 posted 09/05/2013

    Product Launch Formula 4…

    [...]The data mentioned inside the report are several of the most beneficial readily available [...]…

  17. Best Price Garmin 610 posted 09/06/2013

    Best Price Garmin 610…

    [...]we came across a cool web page that you simply might delight in. Take a appear in the event you want[...]…

  18. what causes pimples posted 09/06/2013

    what causes pimples…

    [...]usually posts some very fascinating stuff like this. If you are new to this site[...]…

  19. book of ra spielen posted 09/09/2013

    book of ra spielen…

    [...]that would be the end of this post. Right here you will obtain some websites that we feel you will appreciate, just click the hyperlinks over[...]…

  20. book of ra online spielen posted 09/11/2013

    book of ra online spielen…

    [...]Sites of interest we have a link to[...]…

  21. se posted 09/12/2013

    se…

    [...]usually posts some pretty intriguing stuff like this. If you are new to this site[...]…

  22. buy platinum posted 09/18/2013

    buy platinum…

  23. e-philippines posted 09/27/2013

    e-philippines…

    [...]check below, are some absolutely unrelated web sites to ours, however, they’re most trustworthy sources that we use[...]…

  24. travel destinations posted 09/30/2013

    travel destinations…

    [...]The facts talked about in the report are several of the top accessible [...]…

  25. inbox blueprint bonus posted 10/05/2013

    inbox blueprint bonus…

  26. canadian controlled goods program…

    [...]Sites of interest we’ve a link to[...]…

  27. wedding photographer in delhi posted 10/28/2013

    wedding photographer in delhi…

    [...]below you will discover the link to some websites that we consider you’ll want to visit[...]…

  28. sylhet posted 3 weeks, 5 days ago

    sylhet…

    [...]very few web-sites that happen to become detailed beneath, from our point of view are undoubtedly very well really worth checking out[...]…

  29. shamazing posted 3 weeks, 2 days ago

    shamazing…

    [...]Here is a good Weblog You might Locate Interesting that we Encourage You[...]…

  30. New Domain Extensions posted 3 weeks, 1 day ago

    New Domain Extensions…

    [...]Every after in a while we choose blogs that we study. Listed beneath are the most recent web pages that we select [...]…

  31. pdr training posted 1 week ago

    pdr training…

    [...]one of our visitors not long ago encouraged the following website[...]…

  32. hotel posted 5 days, 10 hours ago

    hotel…

    [...]the time to study or stop by the subject material or web sites we’ve linked to below the[...]…

  33. title loans phoenix posted 2 days, 20 hours ago

    title loans phoenix…

    [...]one of our guests lately recommended the following website[...]…

Post a New Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.

c