Food and travel go hand in hand, and there’s no better way to fully immerse yourself in local culture than by experiencing local dishes. Today, travelers are choosing to make their trips more authentic by living and eating like a local, which often means picking up ingredients at a local market and trying your hand at creating a new dish in your vacation rental.
A rental with a grill offers even more options to create delicious, easy, and healthy grill recipes. Outdoor grills also mean that you aren’t stuck inside while the rest of the family enjoys the deck or pool outside your door. Here we highlight five grill recipes to inspire you to grill like a local.
- Grilled Scallops and Grits in the Outer Banks, North Carolina
As in most beach towns, the Outer Banks specializes in seafood. Scallops, in particular, reign supreme. In true Southern style, whip up this Grilled Scallops and Grits recipe from blogger “We are not Martha.” This decadent meal looks and tastes fancy without requiring a lot of elaborate tools and gadgets.
Get your grill on here: Jamman by the Sea
- Gumbo on the Grill in Hilton Head, South Carolina
Hilton Head is known for its Lowcountry cuisine, with famous dishes including Gullah rice, gumbo, fried okra and peach cobbler. Eat like a local by cooking up your own batch of gumbo. Blogger “The Grillin’ Fools” created this Gumbo on the Grill recipe, which gives a wonderful charred flavor to the gumbo to add richness and depth of flavor.
Get your grill on here: Singleton Beach 1
- Grilled ‘Fried’ Green Tomatoes and Shrimp Remoulade in the Gulf Shores of Alabama
The Gulf Shores and Orange Beach offer vacationers truly special culinary experiences thanks to the abundance of fresh gulf seafood. Try the local shrimp over fried green tomatoes, a southern delicacy that’s hard to find in other areas of the country. This grilled version from Daily Republic makes the dish a bit more healthful, and the shrimp remoulade creates a truly elegant dish that’s light enough to warrant dessert afterwards. May we suggest these Grilled Peaches with Cinnamon Honey Ricotta?
Get your grill on here: Morning Dew
- Buffalo Steak and Potatoes on the Grill in Breckenridge, Colorado
If you’re making your way out west this summer, treat yourself to a local buffalo steak. Grilling this type of meat isn’t all that different than a beef steak: Food Republic shows you how here. You can make some sides right beside it on the grill, too, like corn or potatoes. (Did you know you can grill potatoes? Give it a try!)
Get your grill on here: American Way Chalet
- Grilled Guacamole in Palm Springs, California
If Instagram is any indication, the whole world is still loving their avocados. And with its healthy amounts of potassium, fiber, and healthy fats, avocados are a not so guilty pleasure. Here, Garden Betty shows us that you can take your classic guacamole recipe up a notch by grilling the ingredients first. You’ll end up with a creamy and smoky dip for chips or carrots, but no judgement if you choose to just eat it with a spoon.
Get your grill on here: Desert Grand Villa