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It’s barbecue season, everyone rejoice! Time to spend every waking hour outdoors and cook every meal on the grill. Seriously though. Enough of having an ‘outdoor cook’ and an ‘indoor cook.’ Barbecues can be used for so much more than just your steaks and burgers. In fact, you can cook your entire meal on the grill. Don’t believe us? Here are a bunch of things you probably cook inside that you can definitely cook in the great outdoors. Trust us.

Salad

We know it sounds fake, but you can totally do it. You might think the lettuce would get wilty and gross, but it doesn’t. It just soaks up that charcoal-barbecue flavour that makes every dish taste incredible.

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Try this recipe for grilled Caesar salad and see for yourself.

Potatoes

Invest in a grill basket and you can cook anything. Boil your potatoes first, then crisp them up in the basket on the barby. The best part is that you don’t even have to clean the grill when you’re done.

Veggies

Once again, any vegetable can be cooked in a grill basket. Make a medley, toss them in olive oil and throw them in the basket. Veggies that lend themselves well to being put right on the grill are corn on the cob (duh), asparagus, eggplant, zucchini, artichokes and tomatoes.

portobello mushrooms

These giant saucers of delight are nature’s version of the veggie burger. Grill up a few of these along with your hamburgers and have a veggie option just like that. They’re also incredible sliced up on their own or as an addition to a burger made of meat

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garlic bread

As if garlic bread wasn’t incredible enough when baked in the oven — just imagine having it infused with that extra charred taste. Just do it.

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pizza

This works best with frozen pizzas because they’re not flimsy (some of them even have grilling instructions on the package). And if you have a pizza stone that you use in the oven, that can also work on your barbecue.

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Grilled cheese

It’s literally called ‘grilled’ cheese… ‘nough said.

Pound cake

You don’t even have to go into the house for dessert. Pound cake and fruit is a delicious summer delicacy, and you can make the whole thing right on the grill. Yum!

10 things you can cook on the barbecue that aren’t meat
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fruit for your grilled pound cake

Peaches, pineapple, banana, apple, mango and even watermelon are all fruits that hold up (and taste fantastic) on the grill. As pro-barbecue as we are though, we wouldn’t recommend doing berries that way.

French toast

Once again, sounds crazy, but after all this, don’t you trust us? Here’s a recipe to try if you’re still on the fence.

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