Grilling broccoli on the barbecue…really?
Indeed! It can be done…not to mention, it is delicious!
I suppose you could call my first time trying this a Tremendous Trial…as it was. However, since then, I have grilled broccoli numerous times.
That is what you call a super successful Tremendous Trial.
One of the reasons I attempted to bbq grill broccoli was firstly, that broccoli is a staple in our home – so it is almost always on hand.
Secondly, the day I reached for that broccoli in my fridge, it was really hot outside so…I was not looking forward to heating up the house and cooking hot food inside.
p.s. It was also on sale at our local market so we bought a bit more than we would normally eat. (You can always freeze it, you know.)
That is only to say that if this grilling attempt did not work…no biggy!
Having so much broccoli in our fridge…I thought…we need to make something with at least some of this broccoli. Seeing that we were going to have some BBQ’s pork chops, and the bbq would already be going…I thought…hmmm…maybe we can grill that broccoli too.
But, barbecued broccoli? Can it actually be done? Can you actually grill broccoli on the BBQ?
I had never done it before – before today, that is.
Let’s Try Barbecuing Vegetables
Sure enough, as with most food items…turns out, someone has already tried to barbecue them…and that includes broccoli. So I took a recipe that I found online, made a few modifications, and gave it a try.
How to Prepare Your Broccoli for Grilling
This recipe is very simple with perhaps the exception of how to cut and slice the broccoli.
No wait…that is for grilled cauliflower. Check out that recipe here.
Typically when cooking broccoli, we break it up into individual flowerettes – which is very easy to do. You simply break off or cut off the flowers into, as my kids used to call them, little tiny trees.
If you want to grill broccoli, just prepare it in exactly the same way as you would if you were steaming or boiling it. Just try to make the pieces of a similar size so that there is even grilling.
Note that you will end up with a lot of ‘extra’ broccoli flowers which will not be usable or suitable for grilling. The pieces may be too small or too round.
Save them for another broccoli recipe – soup in my Vitamix, maybe?
Just cut up your broccoli like you would if you were boiling or steaming it.
I most often just cut off the stems and pull it apart by hand. If there are larger little trees, I may cut them apart into smaller pieces.
Grilling broccoli is very similar to barbecuing cauliflower except that you can cut cauliflower into wide flat slices so that there is are even grill marks on each side.
However, you can also break up cauliflower in the same manner as your broccoli and still get a nice side dish of grilled bbq cauliflower.
Topping for Grilled Broccoli
Now that your broccoli is broken apart or chopped to your desired size, you can prepare your topping or marinade.
I personally do not take too much care in preparing this dressing – i.e. mixing it all together before pouring it onto the broccoli flowerettes.
Usually, I just take the ingredients one by one and pour onto the broccoli in the bowl.
Start with the olive oil, shake and then pour on the lemon juice, and shake.
Now add your spices, and shake or stir (that will depend on whether you prefer your broccoli shaken or stirred 🙂
Just be sure you have sufficient olive oil. You may need more than the recipe calls for depending on the amount of broccoli you are grilling.
Otherwise, without enough oil, the broccoli can turn out a little dry.
Grill, Baby Grill
It’s bbq time! Get your barbecue heated to med-high heat, and get ready to grill, baby, grill!
The grill pan with its numerous holes allows for lots of heat to penetrate while still giving you those beautiful and delicious grill marks.
And after cooking the broccoli on medium heat for about 12-15 minutes…the finished product…just look at those fabulous grill marks.
Just remember to add sufficient olive oil – so that most of the broccoli is covered – and you won’t get a dried out cooked broccoli.
The last time I grilled broccoli, I had extra broccoli so I probably did not add enough oil and it was a bit dry.
At the end of the day, everyone really likes grilled broccoli – even those who don’t love vegetables in general.
Grilled Broccoli Gets Rave Reviews
If you want to put broccoli on a scale of when and how these veggie-haters will eat it. Raw – never, boiled – maybe, steamed – a bit more than maybe, grilled – yes, please!
(Turns out…it is pretty much the same reviews for grilled cauliflower.)
As most parents would probably agree, if you can get your children to eat vegetables, you are thrilled…and you will remember just how you managed that. This recipe lived up to that standard.
We had non-broccoli lovers eat, and truly enjoy, broccoli. (There are never any left-overs.)
If you want to eat more vegetables and you have never really liked broccoli, – and you have a BBQ – you should try this recipe.
Tremendous Trial Rating
As a tremendous trial, this recipe for grilled broccoli gets a very large pumped up thumbs up.
Have You Tried It? Let me know!
When you try this recipe, let me know what spices or herbs you used on the broccoli. I am always eager to try new flavor sensations.
Even though this recipe uses a very basic sauce topping mix, it is still really tasty. If you have any other additions that you have tried or would like to try, I would love to hear and try them!
Grilled BBQ Broccoli
Easy, fast and delicious - this grilled broccoli on the barbecue will be a new favorite vegetable side dish for the summer.
- 1 head broccoli
- 1-2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 1/2 - 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
- salt and pepper
In a large bowl, break up your broccoli into small flowerettes or little trees.
Add all the other ingredients to the bowl and mix, stir or shake.
Heat BBQ to medium heat.
Grill for about 12-15 minutes, stirring regularly.