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How to Level Up Your Outdoor Cooking

Let the experts from Epicurious help you turn your cookouts up a notch or two.

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The true joy of cookouts lies in spending quality time with friends and family in the great outdoors. So really, it’s fine if the food is just, well, fine. But if you’re ready to level up beyond the split hot dogs and overcooked burgers, my team at Epicurious is eager to help. We’ve been busy trying out tons of grills and accessories, and testing—and re-testing—wow-worthy recipes for every part of your cookout.

Below, you’ll find a few crucial tips for better grilling, plus the recipes you need for showstopping mains, sides, and sweets. Try a few for your next barbecue and just watch how quickly your friends and family ask when they can come over again for salt-bathed corn, grilled brownies, and of course, more quality time.

Maggie Hoffman

Maggie Hoffman is a contributing editor at Epicurious. Previously, she was the managing editor of Serious Eats and the founder of that site's drink section. She's the author of Batch Cocktails: Make-Ahead Drinks for Every Occasion and The One-Bottle Cocktail: More than 80 Recipes with Fresh Ingredients and a Single Spirit, both published by Ten Speed Press. Her writing about food and drinks has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, Food + Wine, Rachael Ray Every Day, and others.