With the lazy, hazy days of summer upon us, we thought it might be a good time to bring back three tantalizing summer grilling recipes from past MSGdish.com blogs.

But first, here are a couple informative quotes from past blogs offering summer grilling recipes that should make you want to try all three recipes.

 “What we didn’t know back then was that grilling brings out the savory umami taste of meat. This is primarily due to the Maillard reaction that occurs during the “browning of various meats like steak, when seared and grilled.”

“One of the best benefits of grilling is that many of the foods we grill are rich in glutamate, which is what imparts that wonderful umami flavor.” 

“No matter what’s cookin’ on the grill, it always seems like a special treat in a way.”

 

Zesty Orange Grilled Chicken Recipe

Zesty Orange Grilled Chicken

Though somewhat unconventional, this recipe is a winner! The combination of ingredients and the chicken cooked on the grill results in a unique, delicious dish.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp.  dry mustard
  • 1/2 tsp.  ginger
  • boneless skinless chicken breast halves
  • 1/4 tsp.  hot pepper sauce
  • 1/2 tsp.  Ac’cent® Flavor Enhancer MSG
  • 1/2 cup  sweet orange marmalade

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, combine all ingredients except chicken and blend well.
  2. Preheat grill and oil grill rack.
  3. Brush chicken with orange mixture; place on grill over medium heat (or on charcoal grill 4-6 inches from medium coals.)
  4. Cook 15 to 20 minutes or until chicken is fork-tender and juices run clear, turning occasionally and brushing frequently with orange mixture.
  5. Serve immediately, garnished with sliced scallions, orange wedges and avocado slices if desired.

Recipe Notes

Recipe courtesy of Accentflavor.com

Smoky Grilled Pork Chops Recipe

Smoky Grilled Pork Chops

Make ordinary pork chops extraordinary with this tantalizing spice rub.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp. onion powder
  • 1 Tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp. MSG popular brand names for MSG are Ac’cent® and Ajinomoto®
  • 1 Tbsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp. liquid smoke
  • 4 boneless pork chops

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients, except pork chops, in a small bowl.
  2. Once combined, apply rub on each side of pork chops. Cook on pre-heated grill until cooked through.

Recipe Notes

Because the types of grills vary, please refer to the guidelines recommended by your grill manufacturer.

Recipe courtesy of Sixsistersstuff.com

Photo credit: Flickr user, 305 Seahill

 

Rendezvous-style Rub Recipe

Rendezvous-Style BBQ Rub

This recipe and photo was graciously provided by amazingribs.com, a site headed by "Meathead" Goldwyn. Goldwyn, who calls himself a barbecue whisperer who loves cooking as much as he does eating, is also the author of the NYT bestseller, Meathead: The Science of Great Barbecue and Grilling. Check out the site!

Course Seasoning
Cuisine American
Servings 2 cups
Author Meathead Goldwyn

Ingredients

  • 8 tablespoons American paprika
  • 4 tablespoons powdered garlic
  • 4 tablespoons mild chili powder
  • 3 tablespoons ground black pepper
  • 4 teaspoons whole yellow mustard seed
  • 1 tablespoon crushed celery seed
  • 1 tablespoon whole celery seed
  • 1 tablespoon dried crushed oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried crushed thyme
  • 1 tablespoon whole allspice seeds
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 tablespoon whole coriander seed
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon Ac’cent® aka MSG or “umami seasoning”

Instructions

  1. Mix together all ingredients; use as a dry rub on your choice of meats. 

  2. Makes a bit more than two cups, enough for about 12 pounds of ribs. Rub can be stored in an airtight container for months.

Recipe Notes

Recipe courtesy of amazingribs.com

Read more about this oh-so-delicious BBQ rub recipe here.

And a final quote, from the great Ralph Waldo Emerson, suggesting that summer grilling isn’t all fun and games, but serves a greater purpose!…

“Let the stoics say what they please, we do not eat for the good of living, but because the meat is savory and the appetite is keen.”