3 Unique Grilling Recipes for your Next BBQ!

Living in Northern New England, we spend most of our snowy winters longing for summertime and warmer days. That’s why, when grilling season rolls around, we’re more than ready to fire up the gas grill for those backyard BBQ’s!

This summer, we’ve rounded up some unique side dishes that you can cook on the grill alongside your main meal. If you missed last year’s healthy grilling recipes, be sure to check them out.

We recommend using a propane gas grill for precise temperature control, no charcoal mess, and easy clean up! And since propane is an EPA certified green energy, gas grills are better for the environment than alternative options.

Now, let’s get cooking! Scroll through the slides for the recipes.

Photo credit: How Sweet It Is

Grilled Corn with Bacon Butter and Cotija Cheese

Ingredients (serves 6)

  • 6 ears of corn
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 slices bacon, cooked & crumbled
  • 3-4 ounces cotija cheese, crumbled
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Black pepper

Get the full recipe from How Sweet It Is.

Photo credit: Feasting at Home

Grilled Potato Salad with Black Garlic Vinaigrette

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 1 ½ pounds baby potatoes
  • 4 cloves black garlic
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon chives
  • 2-3 tablespoons fresh dill and cilantro

Get the full recipe from Feasting at Home.

Photo credit: She Likes Food

Grilled Cucumbers with Creamy Feta Dip

Ingredients (serves 4)

Grilled Cucumbers:

  • 10 baby cucumbers
  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 pinch of salt

Feta Dip:

  • 6 ounces plain green non-fat yogurt
  • ½ cup feta cheese
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tablespoon dill, chopped
  • 1/3 cup white vinegar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 ½ teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon salt

Get the full recipe from She Likes Food.

Take a Tour Through a Propane Backyard

By: Andrea Karass and Andrew Spires, Residential Energy Advisors at Dead River Company

August is the height of summer in New England, a time when we try to get outdoors as much as possible. Truth is, one of the best places to have outdoor fun in the summer—and actually all year round—is your own backyard.  As Residential Energy Advisors for Dead River Company, we can show you how with one word: propane.

Scroll through the above images to take a tour of the best your backyard has to offer!

Gas Grills
Nothing gathers the family like the smell of something delicious on the propane grill. While summer is synonymous with cookouts, the easy, on-off convenience of propane gas grilling means you can cook out all year long. (And there are no mosquitoes in December!)

Outdoor Fireplaces & Fire Pits

Another way to extend your outdoor living is with a propane fireplace or fire pit. An outdoor fire is certainly fun on a starlight summer night, but it’s downright cozy in October. Turn it on and grab the marshmallows. When it’s time for bed, turn it off and go to sleep worry free. No hot coals to douse.

Patio Heaters

Here in New England, not every summer night is a hot one. Don’t let a fog bank or a drop in temperature spoil your outdoor plans. A propane patio heater (or two) is the perfect backyard appliance. They come in multiple sizes to cover a variety of spaces.

Outdoor Kitchens

In the old days, many New England homes had summer kitchens. For the ultimate summer kitchen, how about the versatility and efficiency of a full outdoor kitchen that runs on propane? Grill, oven, hot water, even refrigeration. (You may never go back indoors!)

Pool Heaters

For people who want to extend the pool season, a propane pool heater is the way to go. Whether your pool is above or in ground, you can heat it more efficiently with a propane heater. Keep swimming well into September.


We think of needing backup power generators for fierce winter storms. Well, a good electrical storm with high winds can knock out the power just as easily as a blizzard. A propane generator is just the ticket for keeping the lights on and your food safe in the hot summer months.

How can you enjoy your backyard with family and friends throughout most of the year? Ask us. We’re happy to be your trusted advisors on all things propane. Your safety and comfort is our main concern, so let us answer all your questions.



3 Healthy Propane Grilling Recipes for Summer

By: Craig Boyd, Wellness Manager at Dead River Company

Mmmm… smell that? Someone in the neighborhood just fired up the gas grill and is about to taste summer. Why isn’t it you? I hope it’s not because you think grilling means only hamburgers and hot dogs and those items are incompatible with your plan for healthy summer eating.

Grilling and healthy go together even better than lobster and butter.

Click through to see three healthy propane grilling recipes I’ve recently shared.
As the Wellness Manager here at Dead River Company, I’m always finding and sharing healthy recipes with my co-workers—some of whom use their gas grill all year round! The rest of us, however, have waited until right about now to move out to the back yard and wipe down the picnic table.

My favorite summer grilling ideas really bring the flavor.  Let’s start with a robust Grilled Portobello Mushroom Burger that comes with a little bit of a cayenne kick. And the best part? No cholesterol and only one gram of saturated fat.

Click here for the Grilled Portobello Mushroom Burger recipe.
Gas grilling is one of the joys of summer. For those all day family reunions, neighborhood block parties, or just about any summer celebration, your propane grill will see you through. When you’re the cook and you want to be part of all the other fun, it’s great to know you just turn the knob and start grilling for as long as 15 to 20 hours on one tank. No need to spend hours trying to get charcoal briquettes to stay hot enough to feed a gang of people all afternoon and into the evening.

After all, the cook wants to get in a few innings of Whiffle ball too!

After everyone’s worked up an appetite, you can be the hero with a platter full of Grilled Lime Honey Glazed Chicken. Using flavorful dark meat chicken thighs, and a marinade that mixes the savory with the sweet, you’ll have a guaranteed crowd pleaser. At only 227 calories per serving, this is definitely heart healthy.

Click here for the Grilled Lime Honey Glazed Chicken recipe.

A healthy lifestyle doesn’t mean a bland diet of celery and tomato juice. Choosing a variety of foods that provide nutrients, vitamins, protein, and the right amount of carbohydrates will give you a balanced, delicious food experience. That can happen on the propane grill just the same as in the kitchen. (And by the way, a propane grill is much better for the environment than a charcoal grill. Propane is a clean burning and EPA certified green energy.)

For those carnivores who think it just isn’t summer without meat on the grill, gather round for some Grilled Flank Steak with Roasted Corn Vinaigrette—and don’t feel guilty. Flank steak is low in fat and low in cost. It’s also perfect for marinating. When buying a flank steak, look for one that’s as uniform as possible in thickness. This keeps you from getting a steak that’s rare in the middle and over done on the ends.

And when you’re done? No need to break out the steel wool to clean the grill. Turn the burners on high for a few minutes, scrape down the grate, and just like that, you’re ready for strawberries and cream.

Click here for the Grilled Flank Steak with Roasted Corn Vinaigrette recipe.