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Ashleigh Smith

Mar 28
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7 Herbs To Spice Up Your Summer Grilling

We see you barbequers out there planning your summer cookouts. We are here to help you understand how fresh herbs can elevate your meats to the next level. Meat is really just meat until you start dressing it up in the finest herbs and seasonings out there. The best doesn’t come from a bottle though. It comes from the fresh plants. 

If you are a grilling connoisseur, chances are you have had your fair share of smelling seasoning blends in search of the perfect flavor. But have you familiarized yourself with the fresh versions of those spices? They are powerful! Not only in flavor, but in scent, and the sensations they leave by combining the senses they trigger. Fresh herbs should not only be used for taste, but for a full experience of the senses. 

If you are interested in using more fresh herbs on the grill, try starting with some of the following recommendations.

Thyme - Rounds out the flavors well, can add a lemony taste depending on the variety used

Parsley - bright and fresh flavor when added near the end of cooking or as a garnish

Basil - Bright but powerful, can be added at any point of the cooking process

Rosemary - Goes best with heavy or greasy flavors and tough cuts of meat

Sage - fragrant aroma and a warm, cozy taste

Oregano - A mild flavor perfect for basting a chicken

Marjoram - A citrus and piney flavor ideal for brushing on with oil, used as a rub, or as a topper

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I'm Ashleigh Smith, a native to Northern Utah. I first gained a love of gardening with my grandmother as I helped her each summer. I decided to make a career of it and have recently graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Horticulture from Brigham Young University - Idaho. My studies have focused on plant production while I also have experience in Nursery & Garden Center Operations.



Grilling with fresh herbs is the best way to go. They make great rubs, marinades, and sauces. One of my favorite ways to use them for grilling is to make herb butters. It’s another way to use them and add flavor to grilling or smoking. I even grow herbs inside during cool weather months to make sure I always have that fresh flavor. I dry herbs too, but fresh is always better to me.


I love bbq with herbs grown in my own garden, not only do they make wonderfully delicious fresh marinades rubs and sauces, they are great to smoke with too even if you are grilling something quick cooking like a steak or fish you can mix fresh herbs with hay to flash smoke them swiftly.