4 Must-Try Grilling Recipes (+ the BEST Rubs to Use!)

Thanks to our partners at SCHEELS for sponsoring this article and sharing their grilling expertise with us!

The weather has finally warmed up, which means we’re warming up the grills for backyard barbecues! We all know we’ll do anything to be outside during the summer time, and that includes cooking. We checked in with the grill experts at SCHEELS to find out the best meat rubs to try, plus some fan favorite grilling recipes perfect for summer!

Favorite Grilling Recipes

Bacon-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin

Bacon makes everything better, right? Adding bacon to this tasty, seasoned pork tenderloin keeps it extra juicy and gives it that extra, savory flavor. Your family (and your belly) will thank you!

Recommended Rub: Kosmos Dirty Bird Rub

Find the full bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin recipe from SCHEELS here.

Juicy Lucy Burger Recipe

This Minnesota staple with cheese inside the burger makes for a classic summer meal. The juicier, the better, for this burger filled with cheesy-goodness. Add in some caramelized onions and a toasted bun and you’re in burger heaven.

Recommended Rub: Kosmos Q The Best Sizzlin’ Burger Rub

Find the full Juicy Lucy recipe from SCHEELS here

Blackened Walleye

This favorite fish recipe is made even better when paired with fresh-caught walleye, for those with fishing fanatics in the family. The secret to making this walleye extra delicious is to soak your fish in milk for a few hours before cooking. Brush with melted butter, season with your favorite blackened rub, and get grilling. This is a family-favorite in our household (or at the lake!).

Recommended Rub: Traeger Blackened Saskatchewan Rub

Find the full Blackened Walleye recipe from SCHEELS here

3-2-1 Ribs

Nothing feels more like a crowd-pleaser during a backyard barbecue than a delicious rack of ribs. This recipe does call for time in a smoker (3 hours) to enhance the flavor of the ribs, but finishes on the grill with some BBQ glaze. The “3-2-1” method stands for 3 hours on the smoker, 2 hours on the grill, and 1 hour glazed. These are great for Saturdays at the lake or lazy Sundays at home!

Recommended Rub: Kosmos Dirty Bird Rub

Find the full 3-2-1 Ribs recipe from SCHEELS here

And there you have it – four tried and true grilling recipes to try this summer at your next backyard barbecue. Happy grilling!

If you’re looking to expand your BBQ Rub collection, check out these 5 Favorite BBQ Rubs, taste-tested and voted on by SCHEELS grilling experts!

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Kathy Schommer
Kathy Schommer is the Owner and Founder of Fargo Mom. She is a (nearly) lifelong North Dakotan, married to her college sweetheart, and has 3 rambunctious girls. Kathy is passionate about connecting moms, advocating for maternal mental health, and giving back to this wonderful community any way she can. She loves all things crafting, attempting to read books not related to parenting, and drinking hot coffee every chance she gets. When Kathy’s not attempting to work with her kids yelling in the background, you might find her at one of the local breweries or coffee bars in the area or attempting to find unique treasures at a local thrift store.


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