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BBQ Side Dishes: Hot Off the Grill Barbecue Ideas

Updated on February 17, 2018

Sizzling BBQ Side Dish Ideas

While salads and cole slaw are popular sides to barbecue fare . . . . there are a number of hot-off-the-grill bbq side dishes you don't want to miss.

Yeah, yeah . . . grilling usually conjures up visions of burgers, ribs and chicken . . . however, it's a versatile and healthy way to cook all kinds of food. The fat simply drips away, leaving you with succulent grill flavors to enjoy.

So, if you like the taste of grilled food, here are a few ideas for tasty BBQ side dishes that you can create right on the grill . . .


Photo used under Creative Commons from: deb roby, on Flickr

Grilled Corn On the Cob With Herb Butter - A Favorite BBQ Side Dish

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Grill Roasted Corn On the Cob With Herb Butter

  • Serves 8
  • 8 corn cobs with husks
  • 8 ounces of butter (softened)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parley
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
  • 2 tablesppons chopped fresh thyme
  • Grated rind fo 1 lemon
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Herb Butter:

Add the chopped herbs, lemon rind, salt and pepper to the softened butter and mix well.

Grilled Corn:

Preheat your barbecue grill.

Prepare the corn cobs, peel back the husks and remove the silk. Fold the husks back around the kernels and secure them in place with string, if necessary.

Blanch the corn cobs in a large pan of boiling water for about 5 - 7 minutes, Remove with a slotted spoon and drain thoroughly. Place the corn in husks on a medium hot grill and cook for 20 to 30 minutes, turning frequently.

Transfer the corn cobs to serving platters, remove string anf pull back husks. Serve each with a generous portion of herb butter.

Grilled New Potatoes - A Great Substitute for Potato Salad

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Grilled "Not-So-Common" Garden Variety - A Simple BBQ Side Dish . . .

Photo used under Creative Commons from: deb roby, on Flickr

Go to your local Farmer's Market and snatch up an assortment of fresh veggies. And don't be shy about experimenting. You can grill sweet potato, celery root, beet roots, portabella mushrooms . . . you get the picture.

  • Wash thoroughly . . .
  • Cut into chunks (or you can leave small vegatables whole) . . .
  • Drizzle with olive oil and season with a dash of salt and pepper . . .
  • Grill until done!

Here's a Creamy Pesto Dip that wil add a "kick" to grilled veggies (serves 8):

  • 8 tablespoons fresh basil leaves
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts
  • 2 cloves of fresh garlic
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 pinches of coarse sea salt
  • 1 1/3 cup of strained plain yogurt

Place the basil, pine nuts, garlic and sea salt in a mortar and pound into a paste with a pestle. Gradually work in the parmesan cheese, then gradually stir in the oil. Place the yogurt in a small serving bowl and stir in 6 to 8 tablespoons of the pesto mixture. Cover with plastic wrap and let chill in the fridge until you're ready to serve the grilled vegetables.

You can store any leftover pesto mixture in a scew-top jar in the refrigerator for future use.

How About Grilled Peaches? - Peaches are not just for dessert

Photo used under Creative Commons from: mccun934, on Flickr

Grilled Fresh Pineapple - Another Sweet BBQ Side Dish

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That's right . . . fresh pineapple is a great addition to the grill. Grilling will concentrate juices for a sweeter, smoky flavor.

TIP: Begin by slicing your pineapples (or cutting into wedges). Once the grill is hot, place them on the grate. Watch to be sure that they don't burn or dry out. When you see grill marks appearing, remove them promptly.

Kabob It!

You can put just about anything on a kabob and season it to taste good right off the grill.

Marinated Grilled Asparagus Kabobs - Simple Elegant BBQ Side Dish

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Mushroom, Pepper, Zucchini Kabobs

Photo used under Creative Commons from: janeyhenning, on Flickr

Skewers Needed To Make Great Kabobs - Metal . . . Wooden . . . Bamboo

TIP: If you're using wooden skewers, soak them in water for about thirty minutes so they won't burn.

Add your vegetable chunks and place on grill. Note: If you want to cover kabobs in a succulent teriyaki or barbecue glaze, wait until they are about done cooking and then place on a piece of foil so the marinade can caramelize.

Skewer Extraordinaire

Fire Wire Stainless Steel Flexible Grilling Skewer, Set of 3
Fire Wire Stainless Steel Flexible Grilling Skewer, Set of 3

Fire Wire's flexible cable style skewer allows you to effectively use the space on your grill; Secures more than twice as much food per kabob than a straight skewer; Innovative stainless steel design stays cool, allowing you to turn or remove food from the grill without using tools


Want to Share Your Favorite "Grilled" BBQ Side Dish? - Or, Just let me know you stopped by . . .

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      Paula Hite 3 years ago from Virginia

      Great grilling ideas! Your lens will be featured on our NEW Tumblr page this evening too.

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      Cynthia Davis 4 years ago from Pittsburgh

      I love all your grilled side dishes! The asparagus kabobs and the pineapple chunks are something I never thought of making on a BBQ grill.

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      ThePorkMan 5 years ago

      grilled peaches go great with ice cream!

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      Larry50 LM 5 years ago

      Brussel sprouts are GREAT on a grill.

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      SpenceG 5 years ago

      "Mushroom, Pepper, Zucchini Kabobs" This is the way to go! Love the lens.

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      acreativethinker 5 years ago

      Very yummy sounding BBQ ideas. Thanks for sharing. :)

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      justDawn1 5 years ago

      Peaches & pineapple sound yummy! Maybe...a fruit kabob! :)

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      EbizTaxTips LM 5 years ago

      Grilled veggie pack with mushrooms, red onions, zucchini, and steak seasoning... yum!

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      ibakir 5 years ago

      Grilled is the best food ever :D

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      xriotdotbiz lm 5 years ago

      Just the lens I needed! Love grilling but need to add grilled sides/vegetables. Anxious to get a grilling basket.

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      JennySui 5 years ago

      Never thought about grilled peach before. I will give it a try because it looks yummy:):)

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      adragast24 5 years ago

      Never thought about grilled peach before... need to try it. Asparagus is a good idea, will definitely have some for my next BBQ

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      chas65 5 years ago

      Like you, things are just better when grilled. Nearly any fresh veggie is great when grilled.

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      Işın Tuzcular 5 years ago from Istanbul

      The vegetable kebaps looked delicious but grilled pineapple and peaches??? It is interesting:)))

      Nice lens...

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      BestRatedStuff 5 years ago

      Yummy! -- These look finger-licking good :>

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      spencerarnell 5 years ago

      grilled peaches, now that's an interesting idea!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      looking amazing

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      biminibahamas 5 years ago

      YUM ... what a tasty lens ... great ideas!

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      Echo Phoenix 5 years ago

      nice grill pix! the grilled peaches look amazing;) I love grilled stuffed mushrooms and kabobs... you have inspired me to create a new kabob dish with grilled peach!

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      pheonix76 5 years ago from WNY

      I love grilled vegetables! Nothing quite so tasty. :) Thanks for sharing your favorites with us.

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      intermarks 5 years ago

      The Grilled dishes here all looks so delicious, can't wait for the next round of BBQ with my friends.

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      Monica Ranstrom 5 years ago

      Beautiful pics. We do just about everything on the grill in the summertime! Keeps the kitchen cool and the veggies turn out so good!

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      Natural_Skin_Care 5 years ago

      Your sides look so good the meat 'almost' doesn't matter.

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      leonasharon 5 years ago

      Wonderfu visuals,Made me hungry.

      Loved the BBQ ideas

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      squidoogiftsfor 5 years ago

      Very tasty, I'm sure I can smell it!

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      ae dc 5 years ago

      grilled new potatoes and corn on the cob, yum!

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      JodiFromFlorida 5 years ago

      Everything looks so good! Great lens.

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      Karnel 5 years ago from Lower Mainland of BC

      I love a good Bbq and now you've made me hungry.

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      RoadMonkey 5 years ago

      Those look absolutely fantastic. Just wish it were sunny here (instead of grey and misty) so I could try them out!

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      EConklinRankpop 5 years ago

      YUMMY!! They all sound soo good!!

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      EConklinRankpop 5 years ago

      YUMMY!! They all sound soo good!!

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      Stephanie 5 years ago from DeFuniak Springs

      Looks Yummu!

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      AustriaChick 5 years ago

      What a tasty lens


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      kburns421 lm 5 years ago

      I like trying new things on the grill, and some of these I'd never heard of or thought of to grill, like asparagus. Thanks for the great lens!

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Got an addition for the grill: fresh pineapples. I am already dying to be home and enjoy the BBQ.

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      mysweetjane lm 5 years ago

      I like the idea of the grilled peaches, low fuss dessert

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      tfsherman lm 5 years ago

      Love to try grilled asparagus! Great idea!

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      hntrssthmpsn 5 years ago

      We're avid veggie grillers, as we all love the BBQ and not all of our household eats meat. Your pesto dip sounds delicious, and WOW, I can't believe I never thought to grill pineapple! Absolutely on the menu for next time!

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      CCTVwebmaster 5 years ago

      Yummy, yummy, yummy! Love BBQ food and great ideas on your wonderful lens!

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      microfarmproject 5 years ago

      I have corn that is almost ready in may garden, and will use your recipe. The pesto dip looks yummy, too!

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      Blackspaniel1 6 years ago

      Nice lens.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      the bar b q turnips were cool, haven't seen these before grilled.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Congratulations on winning the Summer Sunshine Charity Award with this deliciousness and that pretty purple star shines nicely here to light the way to your amazing BBQ side dishes. We rally haven't had winter in Fargo this year, so the grills have been going strong!

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      norma-holt 6 years ago

      Some great ideas here. Congrats on LOTD and now featured on Squidoo LOTD Lenses. Hugs

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      BarbecueGrills 6 years ago

      Wow, most BBQ folks forget about grilling veggies. My wife and I have a lot of Vegan friends and you have given us some great info on how to keep them happy!

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      TravelingRae 6 years ago

      Pineapple is awesome on the grill!

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      Anthony Godinho 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I love BBQ'd vegetables and have tried many of the ones you've showcased here, but I've never tried BBQ'd peaches and pineapple, I think I would love them too. Very well presented lens...**Blessed by a Squid-Angel**

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      ForestBear LM 6 years ago

      Lots of great ideas here. Would love to try the grilled asparagus, yummy. Thank you

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      seanjennin 6 years ago

      awesome lense, thank you very much!

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      Francis Luxford 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Great ideas! Tasty lens.

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      candy47 6 years ago

      It smelled so good I had to stop by!

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      UrbanFarmAndBee 6 years ago

      Nice! Grilled peaches and/or grilled pineapple. What a great idea for dessert. Now if only I can make the rain go away (it's June), so I could have a BBQ. Thanks.

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      Philippians468 6 years ago

      i have got to try the grilled peaches! lovely!

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      StaciJansma LM 6 years ago

      Awesome lens!! Love the added pictures!

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      ohcaroline 6 years ago

      I came, I read, I liked what I saw. Have a Squid Angel Memorial Day Weekend Bus Tour blessing! :)

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      KellydeBorda 6 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD! I think I might be as excited about it as you are! I'm absolutely thrilled for you. :D

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great looking lens. Well done.

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      justholidays 6 years ago

      Wow! I'm always wondering what to do as barbecue side dish, now I know! Thansk for sharing!

      Congrats on your LOTD!

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      nightbear lm 6 years ago

      Oh my is this a delicious lens!! I loved all the photos and recipes. thank you. Blessed.

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      JennySui 6 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD! Wonderful Lens. Keep the lenses coming.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Wow! I love BBQ side dishes especially potato.

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      tuliprose lm 6 years ago

      Wow! Lovely Lens on BBQs but without meat. You don't see that very often and all those lovely pictures really held my interest. I'm inspired to do better with my own lenses.

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      Jerrad28 6 years ago

      These side dishes sound delicious! I love to bbq but we usually just go easy with mashed potatoes, corn cobs, stuffed jalapeno peppers, and beans. I will definitely be trying out some of these sides soon ;)

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      Mickie Goad 6 years ago

      Wow! Your side dish recipe collection is so much better than my own grilled vegetable one! Blessed and featured on my PR and Promotions Squid Angel lens. (I love to bless lenses outside of my neighborhood!)

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      AdriennePetersen 6 years ago

      Yummy lens, thanks!

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      pimbels lm 6 years ago

      A really great lens. I love the grilled potatoes. Thank you for sharing.

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      miaponzo 6 years ago

      My all time favorite I think is charred potatoes.. baked in foil directly in the fire.. :)

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      BatehSolutions 6 years ago

      Awesome! Thank you for sharing! Please check out my lens when you get a chance, I just started.

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      Kandy O 6 years ago

      Really puts you in the mood to do some grillin'. I know I'm ready! Great lens!

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      auxpwr lm 6 years ago

      This is an awesome lens. I love all the healthy ideas that were here. Grilling is so much healthier. With these great ideas, I am going to start to eat healthier and grilling more. Thanks for the lens. I will be putting Food ideas threw out my lenses if you would like to check them out and give some side dish ideas. Thanks again

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      colourmatt 6 years ago

      Great idea of the lens! Such lovely food - yummy! I tweeted a link across my various Twitter feeds :-)

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      cinstress 6 years ago

      great lens, looks delicious

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      KellydeBorda 6 years ago

      Excellent lens, lots of great stuff to grill! I love to eat veggies cooked over the grill. :) Blessed by the Barbecue Angel. :)

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      Bill Armstrong 6 years ago from Valencia, California

      Great lens for the BBQ, thanks for sharing

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      Mrmakingusmile LM 7 years ago

      Marinated Grilled Asparagus Kabobs. Looks yummy on a grill. Tasty Tasty! Thanks for making me smile.

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      burgessvillian 7 years ago

      Very delicious ideas for the bbq. I'll bet the onions on the grill smell great. Congratulations on the sunshine award.

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      enslavedbyfaeries 7 years ago

      This is definitely my kind of BBQ, yum!! Congratulations on the most deserved Sunshine Award.

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      Dee Gallemore 7 years ago

      Thanks to everyone for your kind sentiments and for helping to make winning the award possible.

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      Dee Gallemore 7 years ago

      @anonymous: Simply thrilled to see Donors Choose (and me) benefit from this award. Thank you so much!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Congratulations on winning the Sunshine Award.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      My goodness this made me so hungry! Those grilled peaches look very enticing! Would have never thought to try those, but now I will. Congratulations on your Sunshine Award.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Congrats on your Sunshine Award! Thanks to your hard work and these awesome grilling suggestions, you and Donors Choose have earned $99.

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      Dee Gallemore 7 years ago

      @OhMe: I appreciate your encouragement, featuring this lens and nomination! Hmmm . . . pig roast recipes? I'm on my way over there now!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Yummy. Those grilled peaches look great. We've never done that but they sure would make for a wonderful BBQ Side Dish. Lensrolling to Pig Roast Recipes. Nominated and featured on Squidoo's Summer Sunshine Award Nominees. Good luck to you and Donors Choose.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Sounds yummy!

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      Dee Gallemore 7 years ago

      Thanks so much for stopping by!

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      VarietyWriter2 7 years ago

      Delicious. Nicely done. Blessed by a SquidAngel :)

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      WindyWintersHubs 7 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Tasty! My hubby will isn't a big veggie lover and will only eat the mushrooms. I going to share these recipes with my auntie as she loves grilling veggies. Best Wishes with SSA!