Kids first try behind the grill

Get them started early

By Staci Nappi, Mom Publisher/Editor, Riverhead Macaroni Kid May 13, 2024

Behind the Grill, For the 1st time

As summer approaches, many families are excited to break out of the barbecue grill and enjoy delicious outdoor cooking. Cooking children's first meal on the grill can be a memorable experience.

Many kid-friendly recipes can be cooked on the barbecue, but hot dogs are among the most popular. They are simple to make and can be customized to each child's taste. Start by preheating the grill to medium-high heat.

Next, prepare the hot dogs by making shallow slits on the surface. This will allow the hot dogs to cook evenly and prevent them from splitting open. You can also use skewers to make hot dog kebabs, which can be a fun twist on the traditional hot dog.

Once the grill is ready, place the hot dogs on it and cook for 5-7 minutes, turning occasionally, until they are browned and heated. Be sure to supervise children while they are cooking to ensure their safety.

While the hot dogs are cooking, you can also grill some vegetables to make the meal more balanced and nutritious. Zucchini, bell peppers, and mushrooms are significant options that are easy to grill.

Once the hot dogs are done, let them cool for a few minutes before serving. Kids can add their favorite toppings, such as ketchup, mustard, relish, cheese, or pickles!

Cooking on the grill can be a fun and educational experience for children. They can learn about fire safety, food preparation, and cooking techniques while spending time with family and friends. Plus, it's a great way to introduce them to new foods and flavors.

So fire up the grill and let your kids join the fun. Who knows, their first meal on the barbecue might become a cherished memory they'll never forget.