BBQ for Brunch

BBQ for Brunch

Breaking out the grill is a great way to upgrade a weekend brunch.

Bonus: You get to spend more time outdoors! From incredible breakfast pizza to delicious lemon pound cake, here are seven fantastic brunch recipes to make on the grill.

1. Grilled Pizza with Greens and Eggs
This fast breakfast pizza is topped with fresh ricotta, eggs and spigarello, a leafy green that tastes like broccoli.

2. Grilled Gruyère-and-Zucchini Sandwiches with Smoky Pesto
These amazing grilled cheese sandwiches are made with paprika-spiked pesto.

3. Sausage Mixed Grill
10 minutes is all you need for fantastic grilled breakfast sausages.

4. Grill-Roasted Bacon-and-Scallion Corn Muffins
Using the grill as an oven gives muffins terrific, smoky flavor.

Related: More Grilling Ideas

5. Grilled Polenta with Spinach and Robiola Cheese
Star chef Mario Batali’s savory polenta is grilled until crisp, then covered with tangy melted cheese.

6. Grilled Asparagus with Pecorino and Meyer Lemon-Poached Eggs
Top Chef alum Nicholas Elmi’s healthy dish is ready in just 20 minutes.

7. Grilled Lemon Pound Cake with Peaches and Cream
This moist pound cake is fantastic for French toast or with grilled fruit.

Food and Wine

Petty’s BBQ Brunch is on the menu and it’s guaranteed to get you back up and running. Beer Can Poached Eggs, a grilled Bloody Mary, and Quick and Easy Smoked Salmon, we met up with Patterson Watkins from Philadelphia’s Hocks n Coqs to give us the lowdown on grilling up the perfect morning eats.
Photos by Jason Varney

Grilled Bloody Mary
Serves 6-8

8 vine ripe tomatoes, core removed
1/2 small yellow onion, peeled
1 jalapeño, stem removed
2 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 lemon, cut in half
3 limes, cut in half
2 garlic cloves
1 tablespoon celery seeds
3 tablespoons prepared horseradish
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 quart tomato juice
1 1/2 cups your favorite vodka/tequila
garnish: cilantro, dill and celery


1. In a large bowl toss whole tomatoes, onion and jalapeño with olive oil, salt and pepper.

2. Arrange veggies on the hot grill with cut lemons and limes. Grill for 5-6 minutes or until moderately charred.

3. Place grilled tomatoes, onion, jalapeño, garlic, celery seeds, horseradish and worcestershire into a blender and squeeze the juice from the grilled lemon and limes.

4. Blend until smooth, pour into a large pitcher, stir in tomato juice and vodka/tequila. Chill until ready to serve.

5. Garnish glass rim with left over lime, salt and pepper.

Quick and Easy Smoked Salmon
Serves 6-8


1 small bag of hickory/fruit wood chips-soaked in water overnight
1/4 cup kosher salt
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 cups of beer (pour a little bit out of each of the 6 cans)
5 pounds salmon


1. In a medium bowl whisk together the salt, sugar and beer-creating a paste.

2. Tear off a large sheet of aluminum foil, coat generously with nonstick spray.

3. Rub the salmon with the paste and place it skin side down on the foil. Fold the edges of the foil up an inch or two, creating a “boat”-do not enclose the salmon in the foil.

4. Carefully remove the grate from the grill. Sprinkle half of the soaked wood chips on top of the hot coals, return the grate to the grill and arrange the salmon on top and cover with the lid.

5. Smoke the salmon for 10-15 minutes checking midway to make sure grill is still smoking. Add additional wood chips if needed and check the temperature of the salmon- 145 degrees=done.

6. Gently remove the salmon from the foil, discard any remaining liquid and let rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Everything Else
Serves 6-8


1 doz bagels
1-2 8 ounce packages of cream cheese
1 stick salted butter
1 doz eggs
6 cans of beer
1 package of Hocks N Coqs smoked sausage-any flavor
1 package of thick sliced bacon
1 bunch scallions/chives
Kosher salt, cider vinegar, aluminum foil and non-stick spray

Sausage directions:
Place thawed Hocks N Coqs sausage on the grill and cook for 6 minutes or until hot, flipping once. Keep warm until ready to serve

Bacon directions:
Spread thick sliced bacon on a cookie sheet. Spray bacon slices with nonstick spray and gently place on the grill. Cook for 4 minutes or until brown and slightly crisp, turning once.

Bagel directions:
Brush bagels with butter and place butter side down on the grill. Toast for 2 minutes or until grill marks form. Keep warm.

Beer Can Eggs


6 (now partially empty) cans of beer
12 teaspoons cider vinegar
6 teaspoons kosher salt
6 eggs


1. Using a can opener, carefully, remove the tops of the beer cans. Cans should be half full with beer—adjust accordingly. Evenly distribute to each beer can.

2. Add 2 teaspoon of vinegar and 1 teaspoon of salt. Place cans on the grill and cover with the grill lid. Beer needs to be close to 180 degrees to poach the eggs, not boiling.

3. Crack eggs, one at a time, into a small cup or bowl just in case there are some egg shells. Place one egg into each beer can and cook eggs for 3-4 minutes.

4. Using a small slotted spoon, remove the poached eggs from cans—serve immediately.

Serve a la carte style for maximum brunch creations, have plenty of cream cheese, butter and chives or any other toppings of your choosing.

How to Make BBQ Sauce

It doesn’t get much easier than this. The beauty of this recipe is it’s very flexible: more of this – less of that – no problem. Add cayenne or Tabasco if you like but I like it just this way, not too hot, sweet, and sticky. I’ve never found a bottled sauce this good! -Jenny Jones

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Makes: 1 cup

Quick & Easy Barbeque Sauce


  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup onion, finely diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons molasses
  • 2 Tablespoons spicy mustard (I use Guldens’ Spicy Brown Mustard)
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder (NOT powdered chili pepper)


  • Heat oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat and sauté onion & garlic for 2 minutes until golden brown.
  • Add everything else and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, for about 25 minutes. Sauce with thicken as it cools.

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