It’s BBQ Season!

The breeze is warming, the birds are chirping, and grills around the nation are being lit up for the first barbecue of the season. There is no better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than by throwing a barbecue for friends and family to enjoy. With the abundance of decks and porches at the custom homes of Highland Park, residents in this community are given access to infinite barbecue potential. Whether you prefer a slow-cooked rib dipped in sauce, grilled corn or eggplant, or some swordfish steaks – the grill can handle it all. If you’re primed to throw a barbecue party this May, take a look at our recipe suggestions for some innovative twists on classic dishes!

Hawaiian burger

Give the people what they want – and a little extra! Pineapple preferences can lead to heated debates, but these burgers may just be worth it. The combination of the sweet teriyaki sauce and pineapple gives the classic burger a fresh and tropical new taste. For vegetarians, a bean burger can easily be substituted in place of beef.

Hot dogs with grilled peppers and onions

Hot dogs are easy and tasty, which is why they are a staple at any BBQ. Dress them up with some sweet peppers and onions for added taste and nutritional content!

Caprese steak

Ciao, welcome to the future! Everyone loves a good steak, but the appreciation need not end there. Top the steak with some mozzarella, tomato, and basil to create an amazing mix of tastes that will leave your taste buds excited for more.

Honey BBQ Salmon

You read that right. Mix things up with some tasty salmon; it’s a healthier option than red meat but doesn’t sacrifice any of the delicious barbecue flavor.

Corn with toppings

Corn on the cob is a summer must-have, especially at a barbecue. If you want to elevate the game past just butter and salt, explore the many variations of toppings that could be added. Cheese, bacon, and spices can only make a dish better!


The word artichoke may conjure up gourmet dining, but grilled artichokes are incredibly simple and easy to make. The tender halves are savory yet low in fat, which can be difficult to achieve with traditionally grilled foods.


Step aside, baked brie! There’s a new dish in town – and it’s packing heat. Topped with strawberries and a balsamic drizzle, this brie dish is ideal for dipping.


Who says fruit can’t be grilled? Whoever they are, they have underestimated you. Give your guests a culinary experience with some grilled watermelon, which delivers a smoky flavor and natural sweetness with a slightly charred new texture. You don’t have to stop at watermelon, however; peaches, pineapples, and kiwis can benefit from grill time as well.

Whether or not you choose to incorporate some of these new ideas in your barbecue feast, you and your friends can’t go wrong with a grill, some food, and even better conversation. Happy grilling!

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