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Sweet Paul's BBQ with a Kick!

There are few things in life I get more excited about than BBQ. Every year I go for a few weeks to Fire Island and already in January I start planning what I’m going to eat. Let’s face it, most things tastes amazing coming off a grill. Even a simple hot dog turns into a culinary delight.

This year, I’m all about lime and chili. I feel like we need something with an extra kick to match with the sun and water. It’s like I crave spices in summer. Try my Cilantro and Lime sauce, it’s so easy to make, just put it all in a blender and whizz. It goes great with everything, even on those hot dogs.

A few tips for a good summer BBQ party:

  • Good music.
  • Enough ice. Always get more then you think you need!
  • Simple yet good food. Don’t go crazy, just make a few simple things.
  • Candles or light; nothing is more romantic in summer then flickering candles when it starts to get dark.
  • Blankets for those nights that are not so warm.
  • Have fun with it! It’s just BBQ, not the president’s dinner party.

Cilantro and Lime Sauce

Such a great sauce, use as a marinade, a BBQ sauce or vinaigrette. Great for meat, chicken and white fish.

Cilantro and Lime Sauce

Makes about 1 1/2 cups

  • 1 cup packed cilantro
  • 1 garlic clove
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • Pinch of salt and chili
  • 1 cup olive oil
  1. Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. If it feels too thick, just add some more oil.
  3. Keep refrigerated for up to one week.

Twice BBQ Smashed Potatoes

I love making these; they are so easy. The potatoes are tender in the middle and crispy on the outside.


Twice BBQ Smashed Potatoes

Serves 4

  • 8 medium russet potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Cilantro and Lime sauce to serve
  1. Wash the potatoes and place them all on a sheet of aluminum foil, drizzle with oil.
  2. Wrap it up and place on a warm grill. (You can also do this steak in the oven at 375 F.
  3. Cook the potatoes until done.
  4. Place them on a chopping block and smash them flat with the back of a plate.
  5. Place them again on the grill and cook them until golden on each side.
  6. Serve them with the Cilantro and Lime sauce.

Zesty Lime and Chili Corn

It's not summer without corn on the cob. This is my take on a Mexican version, the butter is also great on a steak or chicken.


Zesty Lime and Chili Corn

Serves 4

  • 1 stick butter, room temperature
  • Juice from 1/2 lime
  • Zest from 1 lime
  • Pinch of red chili flakes
  • Pinch of salt
  • 4 corn on the cobs
  • Lime, for serving
  1. Place butter, lime, chili and salt in a bowl and mix it well.
  2. Pull of all the husks of the corn and place them on a warm grill.
  3. Grill them for about 10 minutes, more if you want them more tender.
  4. Take off the grill and serve them with the butter and some more lime.

Cilantro and Lime Marinated Flank Steak

So easy and so amazing. I love using flank steaks as they have so much taste.


Cilantro and Lime Marinated Flank Steak

Serves 4

  • 4 flank steaks
  • 1 cup Cilantro and Lime Sauce
  • Salt to taste
  1. Place the steaks in a tray and poor over the sauce.
  2. Let the steaks marinade in room temperature for 1 hour.
  3. Place them on a warm grill and grill them to your liking.
  4. Every time you turn them over brush some more of the marinade over.
  5. Let the meat rest a few minutes before cutting it up.

Grapefruit Coolers (with a kick!)

These taste great on a warm summer day. The chili gives it a little kick.


Grapefruit Coolers (with a kick!)

Serves 4

  • 1 cup water
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 cups fresh grapefruit juice
  • 1/2 cup vodka
  • Ice
  • Pinch of red chili flakes
  1. Start by making simple syrup by boiling water and sugar. Cool.
  2. Place grapefruit juice and vodka in a blender with ice and whizz until blended.
  3. Add simple syrup to taste.
  4. Serve in glasses with a grapefruit wedge and a pinch of red chili flakes.

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