Wings have been my go to lately. A Vortex in a Weber makes perfect wings super easy.
But back in the day when we had summertime cookouts every weekend I made up a Bacon Cheeseburger Dog and it may have been one of the most fun things I have come up with to cook at a cookout.
Cut a strip of your preferred cheese off a block. Like a half to three quarter inch square section, (whatever half the thickness of a regular, I think 8 ounce, block of cheese is) as long as the block of cheese. It should be almost as long as a hot dog. You could get away with those individually wrapped snack cheese sticks or string cheese if you wanted.
Pack optionally seasoned hamburger meat around the cheese to make a meat log with a cheese core.
Wrap that whole thing in bacon.
Grill them up (careful when moving them, try to keep the cheesy middle intact) and serve on hot dog buns. Dress as desired.
@djslack friends and i made this eons ago, i almost forgot about it! we called it the hamdog. it was back when “meme” just meant cat macros so i forget how somebody discovered it, but as soon as we saw it we knew we had to try it. a hot dog wrapped in cheese wrapped in hamburger wrapped in bacon. a bunch of friends got together and made it at one of their houses on my birthday. (which was otherwise one of the most miserable birthdays i’ve ever had, but the hamdog was the bright spot.)
@moonhat i distinctly remember taking at least one pic, but this would have been on a flip phone some ten or more years ago. suffice it to say, even if the photo survived it likely wouldn’t be a fair or appetizing representation
here are some from the internet instead, while we wait to see if @djslack has any to share:
@jerk_nugget@moonhat same deal, this was pre-smartphone (I might have had a blackberry back then) so ubiquitous pics weren’t really a thing. Just take the hot dog out of the pics @jerk_nugget posted and make it solid cheese and you’re on the right track. The second picture showing them intact on the grill is just like how we did them.
Sigh. You’ve asked the wrong question. The real question is “What’s the best way to cook almost anything worth eating?” Sous-vide enthusiasts: not to leave you out. You can always sous-vide your steak (or pretty much anything) before a quick sear on the grill.
@OldCatLady I’ve been smoking mushrooms the past couple of weekends for recipe testing. They are outstanding all by themselves after some time in the old hardwood food-sauna. I have to make myself not snack on them and save them for the recipe.
@Fooknboomn For the flavor without the grease, I like Sabretts*. They’re hard to find in my area, though, so Hebrew Nationals are a decent replacement. I confess to liking a bit of grease in mine, though, so your mileage may vary.
didn’t understand the inclusion of sides, as it didn’t say “best [cookout or bbq] food” so i assumed “grill food” to mean food that is grilled. (although you can grill elements of those to make smoky versions i suppose, but i like the classics.) still…grilled corn and grilled pineapple are both amazing.
of the poll choices had to go with hot dog. nothing like a grilled, charred-in-places hot dog. hate to be That Person but i think flattop cooked burgers are better than grilled.
i miss being able to grill so much. last night i made chicken mojo tacos and it was good eatin’ for sure but man, being able to grill the chicken and fruit would have really taken it over the top.
Brats are perfect on the grill. I also like to slice potatoes, onions and peppers. Mix them with olive oil. Put them in a ton foil “pouch” and cook each side for about 10 minutes on medium-medium low (on my somewhat cheap grill). Eat with a little ketchup. It’s a really good mixture.