3 Easy Barbecue Recipes for Beach Bonfires
August 30, 2013
After some nice waves and a not-so-nice sunburn, it’s time to embrace that cool, breezy night sea air and start a fire for beach bonfire barbecues! We’re not talking weenies on a stick (though you can have that, too). After a full day of swimming, surfing, flirting with some hotties, and tanning, you’ve worked up an appetite, and sometimes, hot dogs just won’t do. So pack up some wood and matches and be ready to share a few embarrassing stories with your closest over some rounds of the following beach barbecue recipes!
What is more suitable for a beach barbecue than seafood? Shrimp and Sausage Skewers make a light meal using only vegetable oil and Creole seasoning. The light flavor of this grilled shrimp recipe is complemented by zucchini that’s grilled along with the shrimp and andouille sausage. Try adding some mini corn cobs or cherry tomatoes, too!
Drool, a beach favorite! Grilled Fish Tacos are a must-have when visiting the beach, but making them yourself over an open fire on the beach… Very little can top that. But unlike other fish tacos you may have had, this one uses not fried but fresh fish– adobo-rubbed mahi mahi or halibut, to be exact. A homemade coleslaw can be prepared hours before, and the flaky grilled fish is perfect for passing around the bonfire with corn tortillas. Don’t forget heavy duty foil for this one!
How could we forget dessert? The simplest, sweetest type of beach barbecue treat, Beach S’mores recall days of youth as well as making new memories over the gooey bonfire recipe. Graham crackers, chocolate, and large marshmallows are all it takes. Try adding a dash of sea salt to the melted chocolate for a little bit of the beach and zing in every munch!
Don’t forget to pack a few essentials:
- “Dishware” such as paper plates, plastic utensils, and plenty of napkins
- Hand wipes (no one wants a taste of sea water while licking homemade coleslaw off their fingers, trust us)
- Foil (for grilling the shrimp, sausage, and fish)
- Barbecue accessories like tongs and maybe a BBQ Sword
- Good friends for good times!
Remember, the idea with beach barbecues is to keep it simple: without a sink or full kitchen to access, finger foods and easy cleanup are best. Plus, feeding a nibble to your crush or a significant other can be mighty romantic with your toes in the sand and the crashing of the waves. Don’t forget to check if your local beach has bonfire pits (like this website for California beaches), then be ready to throw some caution to the wind and enjoy the sand in your hair (and face, occasionally)! Beach bonfire barbecue recipes won’t be in season for long, so get to the beach early before everyone else notices how awesome and time-limited they are!