You can grill that? Unconventional Grilling Foods

When most people think grills, they think steaks, hamburgers, hot dogs, etc.  There are some things that you might not know can be grilled or didn't know that they'd end up tasting delicious from grilling them.  Here's a list of a few of these unconventional grilling foods.  (Unless the recipe specifies, all times are for the Hi/High setting). (Times listed are guidelines, not hard rules, cook for more or less to your personal taste).


As you might expect, the grill ends up caramelizing the sugars in the pineapple and makes it taste more sweet than tart.  Cut your pineapple into spears or rings, as desired.  Takes about 1-2 minutes per side depending on how big the pieces are and how dark you want the bar marks.

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Yes, your grill and a skillet can make a cake together.  See here for the recipe.


It's an easy way to add in a vegetable to the main dish you're grilling along side it.  I cut them into strips, spray both sides with a bit of non-stick cooking oil and add some garlic salt.  Takes 2 minutes per side.

Portabello Mushrooms

They're practically mushroom version of steaks, and they're cooked similar to regular steaks as well. Marinate in oil and spices for a few hours prior to cooking. Grill smooth side down for about 2 minutes on high, then flip and do the other side for 2 minutes, then flip it again and you can either lower the heat and leave it on the grill for 2-4 minutes or move it to the warming rack until it's tender, but firm.


A lot of people might think this is pretty run of the mill, but a lot of others either forget they can grill corn or just haven't tried it.  I've done it wrapped in foil, straight on the grill without the husks, and with the husks, although I recommend going huskless or in foil.  If you're doing the foil method, spray with cooking spray and coat with your favorite seasoning before putting it in the foil.  If you're leaving the husks on, first soak in water.  Quarter-turn the corn every 2 minutes until ready, which should be about 10-15 minutes. Make sure to add some butter and seasoning to make street corn from the backyard.


There are a few ways of doing them, but I'll be going over two: wedges and cubed. 
For wedges: cut the potatoes, then blanche the potatoes in boiling water (put in boiling water for 1 minute) and after drying, brush with some oil and seasoning.  Cook for about 2 minutes on each side. 
Cubed potatoes are easier: cut the potatoes and mix with oil and seasoning, then wrap it all in some foil.  Flip every 1-2 minutes until potatoes are to your liking, which should be about 5-8 minutes.


A different way to cook instead of the usual boiling.  Place lobster on its back and butterfly with a sharp knife.  Sear both sides for 2-3 minutes each, then reduce heat from High to Medium and cook each side for 1 minute.


A sweet summer treat.  Cut into halves, coat in oil or butter, and cook for 1 minute on each side to make bar marks.  It goes well with some cinnamon sugar and a scoop of vanilla ice cream.


An interesting and tasty version of a classic.  See here for the recipe