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Gearing up for grilling season-on a budget? Check out these delicious yet affordable cookout recipes for stretching a buck (without sacrificing flavor).
Who knew that even the cheapest cuts of beef could be tender? The trick: salting your meat beforehand. This tenderizes the meat and seals in flavor, allowing you to avoid coughing up extra cash for prime cuts.
Learn how to properly salt your steak here.
Living Well Spending Less
Who knew pizza did so well on the grill? This easily customizable pizza base is affordable and can be customized with whatever toppings you have on hand-no extra trips to the grocery store required!
Get the Recipe: Grilled Pizza
SweetT Makes Three
Don't let this cut fool you-it tastes every bit as good as a ribeye, especially when prepared well and served with some delicious sides. Plus, it's much cheaper than its highbrow counterparts.
Get the Recipe: Chuck Eye Steak
Garnish and Glaze
Pork chops tend to be less expensive than other cuts of meat, and taste just as delicious with an easy homemade marinade. Dress them up with grilled fruit, and you've got a heck of a bang for your buck.
Get the Recipe: Barbeque Pork Chops with Grilled Peaches
5 Dollar Dinners
Stretch your protein budget even farther by using stew meat for a round of colorful kebabs. The addition of pineapple, peppers and onions turns it into a full, balanced meal on a stick.
Get the Recipe: Steak, Pineapple, & Pepper Kebabs
101 Cooking for Two
There are a few great things about tilapia: it tends to be cheaper than other fish filets, and it absorbs just about any flavor you put on it. Think along the lines of whatever seasonings you have on-hand, or whatever garnishes happen to be cheapest at the market. Perfect for a budget-friendly barbecue!
Get the Recipe: Grilled Blackened Tilapia
Another great way to save on grilling? Skip the meat altogether! Here, cauliflower "steaks" are seasoned well with lime and spices, then charred on the grill to perfection, making for cheap, easy, and really, really good eating.
Get the Recipe: Grilled Chipotle Lime Cauliflower Steaks
Budget Savvy Diva
Don't forget the apps! Guests need something to nibble on while you hang by the grill, after all. This Fontina cheese dip is nothing short of addictive. For about $2 per serving plus the cost of crusty bread or tortillas chips, you'll keep everyone satisfied until dinner's on the table.
Get the Recipe: Hot Cheese Dip
Good Cheap Eats
Don't spend money on sides at the deli when it's so easy to make your own! This recipe employs super-economical, super filling beans and calls for only a few additional ingredients.
Get the Recipe: White Bean Salad
This filling side slides in at under a dollar per serving and is a great complement to just about any go-to grilled mains.
Get the Recipe: Skillet Potatoes and Green Beans
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To make that grocery budget work even harder for you, take your standard corn on the cob up a notch with just a few simple upgrades. Fresh corn is usually inexpensive during the summer and fall, so take advantage of the seasonal savings!
Get the Recipe: Grilled Mexican Street Corn
Crazy for Crust
Calling for only five simple ingredients, this bright and fruity dessert is inexpensive and easy to make. Serve with ice cream for a sweet finish.
Get the Recipe: Cherry Peach Dump Cake
These stunning (and super easy) skewers are sure to be a quick backyard favorite. They're easy to assemble, and the ingredients go a long way. The perfect way to round out your budget-friendly barbecue.
Get the Recipe: Grilled Strawberry Shortcake Kebabs
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