Memorial Day is the unofficial start to the summer, and when the weather heats up, so does the grill! Grilling is a favorite summer pastime. Why not surround yourself with family and friends to show off your skills with honey complementing your grill this year. Few things beat the taste of food fresh off the BBQ. Although we’re scaling back the crowds this year, summer weekends can still shine with the help of our favorite culinary sidekick – honey!
Did you know that honey provides a multitude of benefits to your favorite grilled foods? This simple single-ingredient kitchen staple adds the perfect amount of sweetness to your dishes, yet it also acts as:
- a humectant to keep your grilled meats tender by locking in its natural juices;
- an emulsifier fusing ingredients and flavors in sauces, dips and marinades;
- a flavor enhancer bringing balance;
- all while adding a rich amber/mahogany color to your meats.
Getting started is easy – add a bit of honey to your favorite barbecue sauce or beverage for sipping while you grill to explore new flavors.
Grilled Corn with Spiced Honey Butter
YIELD: Makes 8 servings
- 1/2 cup butter softened
- 1/3 cup Raspberry Blossom honey
1 tsp. chili powder
- 8 ears fresh corn
- 8 lime wedges
- 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
- In a small bowl stir together the butter, honey and chili powder; set aside.
- Fold back husks and remove silk from corn; pull husks back up over corn.
- Place corn in a large bowl of ice water and soak for 15 minutes. Remove and shake off excess water.
- Place on grill over medium hot coals and cook for 15 to 20 minutes, turning frequently.
- Remove husks and spread each ear with seasoned butter. Sprinkle with cilantro and serve with lime wedges.
TIP and Serving Suggestion: Leave the husk on the corn to use as a handle.
Source: Adapted from www.honey.com