Tomorrow is the Fourth of July! For those of you celebrating throughout the weekend, its always good to have some tips and tricks as well as great recipes to make it that much more special. Chef Dave Wais gives this Somm the inside scoop on great grilling techniques for your Independence Day, along with some delicious recipes!


Sara: So Dave, do we need to sacrifice our day by standing at the grill and constantly tending to it? How can we get great food on the grill, but still have some family fun?

Dave: The only way to barbecue without tending the grill at all times is if you’re cooking big cuts of meat for a long period of time. On Fourth of July we usually cook the easy things for the kids & family such as burgers, hotdogs, sausages, steaks, and chicken. These types of foods don’t need too much time too tend too when cooked correctly. The only advice I can give you is too make sure that there is a cool zone on your grill and move the meats to that section so it may stay warm.


Sara: If you want to do veggies on the grill, is foil the best? How do we grill vegetables without falling through the grates?

Dave: The problem with cooking in foil on the grill is that you can’t really obtain that grill flavor. I would recommend buying at your local food store a grill pan. It’s a wok looking pan that has holes in it so that your vegetables can acquire that real grill flavor. If you aren’t able to obtain one then you may grill using the foil technique. It’s certainly easy to grill veggies using the foil technique if you choose to do so.


Sara: For those who want to grill fruit, what are the best ones to try?

Dave: The best technique to grill your fruits is too marinate them in a bit of lemon juice (fresh). Get your grill to 350 degrees & cook for 5 minutes on both sides. I would recommend trying watermelon, pineapples, apples, pears, and peaches on the grill. They all make wonderful additions to your barbecue.


Sara: So… what’s your favorite food to BBQ?

Dave: My favorite food to barbecue on the grill has got to be my wings! Chicken wings are so great to grill because they have the right amount of fat on them.



Here are some of Dave’s recipes for you to try:


Vegetables on the Grill:


1 Red onion julienned

1 Red bell pepper julienned

1 Green bell pepper julienned

1 Zucchini julienned

½ Teaspoon salt

½ Teaspoon black pepper

2 Teaspoon garlic powder

1 Teaspoon Sweet paprika

½ Teaspoon red pepper flakes

1 Teaspoon oregano

2 Tablespoon olive oil

½ Lemon juiced


Preheat your barbecue to 300 degrees. Take your red onion, red bell pepper, green bell pepper, & zucchini into a plastic bread bag. In a bowl mix in your salt, black pepper, garlic powder, red pepper flakes, oregano, olive oil, & ½ a lemon juiced. Throw your mixture onto your vegetables and mix generously. Take your foil and lay your vegetables in the center making a little pouch. Throw onto your grill at 300 degrees for 25 minutes and viola.


“Sweet Ginger BBQ Wings”


6 wings

4 tablespoons olive oil

½ Teaspoon Himalayan pink salt

½ Teaspoon ginger powder

½ Teaspoon mustard powder

1 Teaspoon smoked paprika

2 teaspoon raw brown sugar

3 Garlic cloves minced


Mix into a bowl olive oil, Himalayan pink salt, ginger powder, mustard powder, smoked paprika, raw brown sugar, & your minced garlic. Mix together in a bread bag & marinate your wings for 30 minutes before grilling.


Happy July 4th Everyone! Please pair responsibly.