An Easter Sunday BBQ
Most people think of Easter Sunday as a time to gather with family and friends – indoors – around a fancy table decked with pastel linens and the good china. It’s a typical scenario that’s repeated all over the world. But if you love being outside, especially on a beautiful spring day, why not consider something a little different – like an Easter dinner that utilizes your
barbecue grill? Sound strange? Well, it’s certainly not your typical Easter dinner, but there are many familiar Easter foods that can be adapted for cooking on the grill. Additionally, during a season of rebirth and new growth, cooking your Easter meal outdoors might just prompt your family to start a new tradition that’s likely to be repeated again and again!
The Main Course
If you’re worried about straying too far from the traditional, be assured that the two perennial favorite Easter main courses can both be cooked on your barbecue. Both ham and lamb are yummy on the grill and the preparation and cooking aren’t very difficult.
Ham – You can cook just about any kind of ham on the grill, but the experts suggest the pre-cooked, boneless kind, which really just needs to be heated and browned. Nearly any kind of grill works for this task, including both charcoal and gas models, and you won’t need an abundance of extra barbecue supplies to accomplish a good end result.
Lamb – If your family prefers lamb, there are plenty of things you can do with that meat as well. Chops are easy. Just sprinkle them with salt and pepper, brush with a little oil, and cook for about 10 minutes or until they reach 160 degrees F.
If you’re cooking your main course outside, there’s no reason not to prepare your traditional side dishes indoors, unless you won’t have access to an oven. In that case, consider cold side dishes like potato salads, pasta salads, traditional green salads, cold vegetable casseroles, and the like.
When everyone has eaten the main meal, taken part in an Easter Egg hunt, and is now basking in the sun on your comfy outdoor furniture, it’s time to fire up the grill again and offer some unique grilled dessert choices. Here’s an easy one that goes well with any kind of meal.
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