Even though Memorial Day is the “official” kick off to summer, it sure feels like it is already summer here in North Carolina… I could not be more excited. I am not a big fan of the cold weather and staying inside, so as soon as the temperatures warm up I am ready to start spending my days outside enjoying the warm summer air! One of my favorite things to do this time of year is entertaining all of our loved ones by hosting big cookouts with all of our family and friends. Nothing says summertime like the smell of our favorite foods – like our Grilled Chicken Kabobs – cooking on the grill!
This summer is going to be even more fun because we just got the king of all grills – a gorgeous new Char-Broil Commercial Series TRU-Infrared 4-Burner Gas Grill. Now, I have had little tabletop grills before, but never a full sized grill – this thing is incredible! I have to admit I was a little intimidated about the size – but I quickly discovered that I could cook all kinds of delicious things on a grill this size – and even used the side burner to make delicious toppings – all at the same time! Needles to say, I am hooked! Look at these grilled chicken kabobs we made over the weekend – sooo good!
The Char-Broil Commercial Series TRU-Infrared 4-Burner Gas Grill evenly distributes the heat so there are no flare ups. This means our food will be more evenly cooked and up to 50% juicier!
It has a one-touch Surefire electronic ignition which I love because I can feel confident firing up my new grill even when my husband is not home. With our previous grills it was always a matter of trying to stick a lighter or match or something inside to start the flame – and I was always certain that was going to end in disaster.
My favorite part about this grill is that it is Dual Fuel Enabled – which means I can connect it right to my natural gas at home with a simple covert kit. I love the idea of never running out of gas – something else I frequently did with my old grill. If you choose not to connect it to your home gas line, the Char-Broil Commercial Series TRU-Infrared 4-Burner Gas Grill also offers a fuel tank gauge so you can see just exactly how much propane you have left in the tank.
To really put my new Char-Broil grill to the test I threw a fun family gathering where I made Sweet & Sour Shrimp Kabobs and Grilled Honey Chicken Kabobs. I love having the top rack on the grill letting me cook foods at different temperatures so that everything was ready at the same time! There is even an attachment that lets me turn it into a rotisserie – I can’t wait to try that!
I know many of you will be grilling this summer, so I wanted to share my new favorite recipe:
Grilled Chicken Kabobs Recipe
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2/3 cup honey
1/3 cup soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
8 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves – cut into 1 inch cubes
1 clove garlic
1 large red onions, cut into 2 inch pieces
1 red bell pepper, cut into 2 inch pieces
1 green bell pepper, cut into 2 inch pieces
½ fresh pineapple, cut into 2 inch pieces
metal skewers (or wooden skewers soaked in water)
1. In a large bowl, whisk together oil, honey, soy sauce, and pepper. Set aside a small amount of marinade for brushing onto the kabobs while they grill.
2. Place the chicken, garlic, onions and peppers in the bowl, and marinate in the refrigerator at least 2 hours. (I marinated mine overnight)
3. Preheat the grill to medium-high heat.
4. Remove the chicken and vegetables from the marinade, then thread the chicken and veggies onto the skewers.
5. Lightly oil the grill then place the skewers on the grill. Cook for 6-8 minutes per side, marinating often. Cook until chicken juices run clear, then remove from heat.
You can check out all of the details of the Char-Broil Commercial Series TRU-Infrared 4-Burner Gas Grill online, and get one just in time for all of your Memorial Day party needs!