The 4th of July is the perfect time to fire up the grill with some choice cuts. There’s nothing better than being able to cook up a fresh catch right there on your boat. Before you head out on the high seas take a look at BoatLIFE’s grilling tips.
Gas or Charcoal?
Most people suggest using propane over charcoal for safety
reasons. Unlike charcoal grills, gas/propane grills don’t burn as hot, provide
the ability to control the heat, and have the capability to be turned off
instantly. Gas grills also allow for easier cleanup and aren’t difficult to
light in windy weather. While charcoal grilled meats may, debatably, have
better flavor, it’s better to err on the side of safety when you’re out on the
water. If you decide on a charcoal grill, make sure to check with the club or
marina you’ll be visiting, as many have prohibited the use of charcoal grills
There are many small gas grills available to purchase, such
as the Magma Kettle 2 and Force 10, that are specifically built for boat use.
If you have a newly purchased boat grill make sure you try it out a few times
before entertaining a group of people so you are comfortable using it. In
addition to a boat grill, you might need these additional accessories:
- Gill mounting hardware
- Grill cover
- Umbrella to protect you while your grilling
- Bait and filet cutting board
- Light clip for evening grilling
Grilled Meats and Fish
Once you’ve got your grill installed you’ll definitely want
to start cooking this 4th of July weekend. To make sure you have as
little prep and cleanup as possible, try marinating your meat and vegetables
beforehand and storing them in a Ziploc bag. Here are a few delicious recipes
ideas that are perfect for an afternoon on the water:
- Fresh fish, sea scallops, shrimp – Nothing
better than immediately grilling seafood. If you’re grilling up fish, try
adding some citrus to add a little more flavor.
- Blue Cheese-Stuffed Burgers
- Chicken skewers- marinate and skewer at home,
store in a Ziploc bag.
- Bacon wrapped steak
- Chili Cheese Dogs- Definitely a Independence Day
staple. This year more than 150 million hot dogs will be eaten on the 4th
of July, according to the National
Hot Dog and Sausage Council!
Banana Boats– who says grilling is just for meats and veggies? Try whipping
up some grilled banana boats for a tasty after dinner treat.
After all the fun is over and it’s time to make the boat sparkle
again, use the best boat
cleaner on the market and do it all over again next weekend!
type of grill do you use on your boat? Do you have a recipe you’d like to
share? Please let us know in the comments!
at BoatLIFE wishes you a happy and safe
4th of July weekend.