5 Things to Grill at Your Cabin this Summer

The temperature is heating up in the Smoky Mountains and your cabin rental is the perfect place to enjoy your next Summer BBQ. Here's our 5 favorite things to grill at your cabin that your entire family is sure to enjoy! 

Grilled Steak at Your Cabin1. Steak

About 20 minutes before grilling, remove the steaks from the refrigerator and let sit, covered, at room temperature. Heat your grill to high. Brush the steaks on both sides with oil and season liberally with salt and pepper. Place the steaks on the grill and cook until golden brown and slightly charred, 4 to 5 minutes. Turn the steaks over and continue to grill 3 to 5 minutes for medium-rare (an internal temperature of 135 degrees F), 5 to 7 minutes for medium (140 degrees F) or 8 to 10 minutes for medium-well (150 degrees F). Transfer the steaks to a cutting board or platter, tent loosely with foil and let rest 5 minutes before slicing.

Grilled Chicken at Your Cabin2. Chicken

Mix together some olive oil, lemon juice, Dijon, honey and a dash of salt. Pound the chicken breasts until they are uniform thickness, then marinate them for about 24 hours in the fridge. Grill 'em up ... they should take 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown and cooked all the way through ... turn them halfway through so they cook evenly on both sides, then set 'em aside and keep 'em warm.

Grilled Salmon at Your Cabin3. Salmon

Brush the grilling rack with oil to keep the salmon from sticking. While the grill is heating, lay the salmon skin side down on a cutting board and cut it crosswise into 4 equal pieces. Whisk together mustard, soy sauce, olive oil, and garlic in a small bowl. Drizzle half of the marinade onto the salmon and allow it to sit for 10 minutes. Place the salmon skin side down on the hot grill; discard the marinade the fish was sitting in. Grill for 4 to 5 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fish. Turn carefully with a wide spatula and grill for another 4 to 5 minutes. The salmon will be slightly raw in the center, but don't worry; it will keep cooking as it sits. Transfer the fish to a flat plate, skin side down, and spoon the reserved marinade on top. Allow the fish to rest for 10 minutes. Remove the skin and serve warm, at room temperature, or chilled.

Grilled Shrimp at Your Cabin4. Shrimp

Grill over high heat. Butterfly shrimp by slicing almost through lengthwise, but leave shell on shrimp, this will keep the shrimp tender while grilling over such high heat. Brush shrimps with oil, season with salt and pepper and grill 2 minutes on each side, until shells are hot pink, and shrimp is opaque. Place lemons on grill the last minute. The heat will release the juice from the lemons. To serve, squeeze grilled lemon wedges over shrimp.

Grilled Hamburgers and Hot Dogs at Your Cabin5. Hamburgers and Hot Dogs

Hamburgers - Heat a gas grill to high or heat coals in a charcoal grill until they glow bright orange. Brush the burgers with the oil. Grill the burgers until golden brown and slightly charred on the first side, about 3 minutes. Flip over the burgers. Cook burgers until golden brown and slightly charred on the second side, 4 minutes for medium rare (3 minutes if topping with cheese; see step 3) or until cooked to desired degree of doneness. Add cheese, if using, to the tops of the burgers during the last minute of cooking and top with a basting cover, close the grill cover, or tent the burgers with aluminum foil to melt the cheese. Sandwich the hot burgers between the buns and serve immediately.

Hot Dogs - Heat grill to high. Grill the hot dogs until golden brown on all sides. Place in buns and top with your favorite mustard or condiments.