5 Awesome Fall Grilling Ideas: Lovely Food This Sweater Weather

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Last Updated on June 12, 2021
Doug Stephen

A long-time contributor to SeriouslySmoked. Jim has had a lifelong relationship with the art of grilling, passed on from his father and grandfather to him.  

Doug is a hardcore barbeque enthusiast and connoisseur. While he spends most of his time on editing and research, he sometimes moonlights as a product tester for particularly interesting things he comes across.

fall grilling ideas

As the cold weather approaches, it usually means saying goodbye to your outdoor griddles and hello to your kitchen stove. Instead of juicy burgers and tasty grilled veg, it's stove-top stews and gravy-filled plates for the foreseeable future. But who says that just because you can't go to the beach as the days are getting colder, you have to stop grilling?

For all you BBQ lovers out there who want to keep on grilling, there is an answer. Let your taste buds savor that smoky flavor with these awesome fall grilling ideas. From festive BBQ fusion to hearty steaks, don't let the change in seasons stop you from grilling.

Meat Dishes

There's no better feeling than firing up the grill after a long day at the beach. From succulent hotdogs to marinated chicken, these dishes just scream summer. But what about when the days get darker, and the air gets colder?

Take some inspiration this fall and try out these meat dishes that can be cooked on your grill all year round.

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Spicy Jalapeño Grilled Steak

Spicy Jalapeño Grilled Steak

Even if it's cold outside, this dish will be sure to warm you up. You can never go wrong with a steak, whatever the weather, so this recipe is a must.

Ingredients

  • 4 strip steaks, cut 1” thick
  • ½ tsp. jalapeño powder
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • ½ tsp. cumin
  • Salt

Instructions

1. Preheat your grill to 400°F.

2. To prepare the dry rub, mix the salt, garlic powder, jalapeño powder, and cumin in a bowl. Generously season both sides of the steaks with your mixture.

3. Place your meat on well-oiled grates and grill for around 8 minutes. When your steak starts to pool moisture, flip with your tongs. Repeat on the other side. Check the internal temperature reaches 135°F on your meat thermometer by inserting it into the steak’s thickest part.

4. Place your grilled steaks on a platter and leave to rest for 5-10 minutes. Slice against the grain and serve.

Extras:
Serve with triple-cooked chips for that hearty homemade feel. 

2

Sticky Grilled Chicken

Sticky Grilled Chicken

For those who love that sweet and salty combination, this dish is for you. Super quick and tasty, this is one of the simplest fall grilling ideas.

Ingredients

  • 2½ lbs. chicken drumsticks
  • ½ cup of soy sauce
  • ½ cup of balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tbsp. honey
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves of minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp. sesame seeds
  • Vegetable oil

Instructions

1. To make the marinade, whisk the soy sauce, honey, garlic, balsamic vinegar, and green onions together. Set aside a ¼ cup of the mixture.

2. Place your chicken in large resealable plastic bags and pour in what's left of the marinade. Let the meat marinate in the fridge for at least 2 hours. For best results, leave overnight.

3. When you're ready to cook, light the charcoal to heat the grill—oil the grates and grill the chicken, basting with the ¼ cup of leftover marinade. Turn the meat every 3-4 minutes until it is charred and cooked through. This should take around 25-30 minutes.

4. Garnish the grilled chicken with sesame seeds.

Extras:
Serve with roasted broccoli, parsnips, and mashed potato to give it that fall feel.

3

Pork Chops Grilled in Soy and Honey

Pork Chops Grilled in Soy and Honey

Thick and tender, cooking pork chops on the grill is a great way to ease into the fall—a must for pork-lovers everywhere. Delicious and easy to make.

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless pork chops
  • ¼ cup of honey
  • ½ cup of soy sauce
  • Red pepper flakes

Instructions

1. In a large bowl, blend the honey, garlic, soy sauce, and red pepper flakes. Soak your pork chops in the marinade, then cover and refrigerate for a minimum of 30 minutes and up to 2 hours.

2. Heat the grill to medium-high heat, and cook the pork until it is seared and cooked through. This should take approximately 8 minutes per side.

3. Before serving, let the pork rest for 5 minutes.

Extras:
Serve with sweet potato and carrots to complete this dish. Once you've tried this recipe, you'll be adding it to your permanent list of fall grilling ideas.

Vegetable Dishes

You can't beat the added smoky flavors when cooking vegetables on a grill. Let's face it, when it comes to veggies, you want to get as flavorsome as you can. Why not try out these tasty vegetable fall grilling ideas? You won't regret it.

1

Balsamic Grilled Mushrooms

Balsamic Grilled Mushrooms

Vegetables are often overlooked and relegated to side dish status at outdoor cookouts. Give edible mushrooms the attention they deserve with this tasty recipe.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. of cremini mushrooms, sliced ½" thick
  • 2 tbsp. dark soy sauce
  • ¼ cup of balsamic vinegar
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Freshly chopped parsley

Instructions

1. Whisk together the soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, pepper, and garlic in a large bowl. Add the mushrooms and let them marinate for 20 minutes.

2. On a medium-high heater grill, skewer the mushrooms and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side.

3. Before serving, sprinkle with parsley.

Extras:
Serve over rice or noodles with a cold beer; you deserve it.

2

Grilled Peaches

Grilled Peaches

Vegetables are often overlooked and relegated to side dish status at outdoor cookouts. Give edible mushrooms the attention they deserve with this tasty recipe.

While peaches aren't technically vegetables, this recipe is the epitome of fall flavor, with peaches in season from June until late September and even early October in some regions.

Ingredients

  • 4 ripe but firm peaches, sliced in half and pitted
  • 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • Vanilla, caramel, or maple-flavored ice cream
  • Honey
  • Flaky sea salt

Instructions

1. Heat your grill to medium-high.

2. Coat the peaches lightly with oil, then place on the grill on the cut-side down for around 5 minutes.

3. Turn over the peaches and grill skin-side down until they appear to be falling apart for 4-6 minutes.

Extras:
Serve with a scoop of ice cream, a little honey, and a sprinkle of sea salt.

Doug Stephen

Doug Stephen

Savor the Grill Flavor All Year Round

If you're the type of person who resists putting their grill away for the fall, these fall grilling ideas will get you through the colder months. Now, you can experience the joy of outdoor cooking in any weather, or if you want, you can also make these recipes by grilling indoors.

What are you waiting for? Get cooking one of these mouth-watering recipes and show your grill skills all year round at the comfort of your backyard. Don't forget to invite your loved ones.

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