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I am really glad Summer is here. There are no more alarms, no more rushing, and no more getting the kid to school for this stay at home dad. Hello lazy days of Summer! It’s time for me to get a hobby, and since my wife just redecorated our back porch I did what any self respecting man would do and bought myself a grill to stake my claim. We had a deck party over the weekend to share our new look, and thanks to yours truly we had a feast grilled to perfection.
Before I tell you about the food, check out our new deck! Before it was just bare wood and a bench, but now it’s a complete living space. And of course my new grill is front and center.
We love spice, and when we have gatherings we really like to turn up the heat so we went with a “Sizzling Summer” theme for our table spread and cooked everything entirely on the grill. It has been a few months since I quit my job as a restaurant manager, so it was fun being able to cook for a large group of people again.
To get just the right amount of heat on our table, I infused each of my main recipes with El Yucateco hot sauces. I love that El Yucateco uses fresh peppers in their sauces, and with a diverse selection of flavors they have a little something for any taste. For this party I used El Yucateco Red Hot Sauce, El Yucateco Green Hot Sauce and El Yucateco XXX Habanero Hot Sauce that I picked up at Publix along with the rest of my recipe ingredients.
My main dishes were a grilled green corn on the cob, grilled stuffed jalapeños, grilled watermelon, and custom taco bar. Almost everything was cooked on the grill and featured El Yucateco sauces which really gave it a unified theme. Now lets get to the recipes, and keep in mind that when grilling, there are a number of things cooking at the same time. I had a steady rotation on the grill with these, so at any given time I was tending to three/four different recipes. So make sure you take note of times and temperatures!
The first thing I did was turn on my two left burners to medium-high and set in the corn (husk and all) to warm up with the lid closed.
While that was warming up I cut all of my veggies and made up my marinade sauces and then husked the corn and put it back on the grill. For this recipe I wanted it to be spicy but not blow everyone away, so I took half a bottle of El Yucateco’s Green Hot Sauce, mixed it with 1 stick of melted butter and 2 teaspoons of minced garlic and whisked until I had a creamy sauce. The flavor turned out to be rich, buttery and spicy all at once and really coated my corn well when I brushed it on. After brushing it I cooked for about 10 minutes, rotating it a few times throughout and then plated it. After that all it needed was some sprinkled cojita cheese and cilantro.
My next recipe was stuffed jalapeños. This one was really simple – I cut a hand full of fresh jalapeños in half, then stuffed them with a mixture of 1 cup shredded Colby jack cheese, 2 tbsp El Yucateco XXX Habanero Hot Sauce and some diced bell peppers. Those took the least amount of time, so I set them on the top rack to cook while I tended to the rest of the food for 10 minutes, then moved them to the grill surface for the last five.
My third recipe was for my taco veggies. I had marinated them overnight in a mixture of El Yucateco Red Hot sauce and spices and when it was time to cook I used a grill basket to saute them. My marinade recipe was very simple – just mix half a bottle of El Yucateco Red Hot Sauce with 1/4 cup vegetable oil, 1 tsp garlic powder and 1/2 tsp cumin until evenly blended. This is great for all things – meat, veggies, you name it!
The last things that went on the grill were my watermelon and corn tortillas, then it was time to set the table. I made sure to have options for the taco bar like pico, beans, cheese and other things, and of course set out extra sauces just in case. Here are a few shots of our party spread.
We had a great time at our party, and the food was delicious! I think we will have a great time on our new deck and with our new grill from now on! Do you want to win a grill of your own? Enter below for your chance to win a “Deluxe Grilling Package”!
El Yucateco Grilling
You can find El Yucateco sauces at your local Publix.