Grilling & Chilling: Our favorite frugal summer BBQ meals + a BBQ scraper giveaway

Grilling & Chilling: Our favorite frugal summer BBQ meals + a BBQ scraper giveaway
This post is sponsored by BBQ Scraper. As always, all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting TTBH.

Morning friends! How was your weekend? We were at a beautiful wedding on Saturday and rather than recovering from our super late night (think 3am) we were up and busy at 8am Sunday morning. After swimming lessons, a trip to the grocery store and a meeting with a potential daycare for Margsy we headed back to the house to get going on preparing some delicious food for our out guests who arrived at around place right around lunch time for a BBQ. I’m exhausted today but it was oh so worth it! Also, stay tuned for an awesome giveaway in honor of both Father’s Day and the beginning of the grilling season at the bottom of this post!

Grilling and chilling is probably our favorite summer activity. Seriously, nothing beats hanging round the fire pit, sipping cold drinks and grilling up a delicious meal with friends and family. When we lived in the apartment this sort of thing was pretty much impossible. Our place was small, we didn’t have a backyard and cramming a bunch of people onto our back balcony really wasn’t ideal. So, when we were buying our first home our priority was having an awesome backyard space that was inviting and would work well for big cookouts and BBQs.

Well, we got just that and we pretty much entertain every other weekend or so throughout the summer. As a frugal family that means that we’re spending a bit more money on grocery which if you’ve been reading for a little while you’ll know that we’re perfectly okay with because spending quality time with friends and family is important to us. Frugal living isn’t about deprivation folks (have a read of this post if you want even more clarification). I know I sound like  a broken record but frugal living gets a bad wrap when it comes to things like this and I’m all about demystifying those fallacies. Basically, if we feel that what we’re spending money on is important to us then we are perfectly okay with it! So, we entertain a ton because we love catching up with friends and family and spending quality time with them!

When it comes to preparing menus for our cookouts we absolutely apply frugal principles (If you’re interested in how we approach grocery shopping have a read of this post) We’ll never deprive our loved ones but we still try to be as conscious and frugal as possible when it comes to shopping for meals. So, today I want to share a few of our favorite BBQ meals that can feed a bunch of people delicious food on a pretty decent budget! They are all super easy to put together too which is a huge bonus!


Marinated Chicken: We like to keep things super simple in these parts. Our go to marinade is actually no-name  Italian salad dressing. We marinate our chicken for approximately 24 hours in a zip lock bag in the refrigerator and then grill it up on our BBQ. The awesome thing about preparing chicken this way is that you can marinate any type of chicken: chicken legs, breast, thigh and even wings work really really well. The chicken is always incredibly moist and flavorful.

Grilled potato and red onion salad: After scrubbing potatoes clean I chop them into cubes. I then add some raw red onion and toss everything in a bowl with some olive oil, salt and pepper. Once they’re well coated I transfer the potato and onions to a tin foil envelop and pop them on the grill for approximately 20 minutes. When the potatoes are fork tender I remove them from the foil, allow them to cool off and season with some fresh parsley, balsamic vinegar and garlic.

Grilled veggies: Veggies are so versatile and cook up beautifully on the BBQ. When planning a cookout we usually buy whatever veggies we can find on sale: bell peppers, asparagus, broccoli, snap peas, green beans etc. Once they’re washed I toss everything into a bowl and season with a little olive oil. I wrap them in tin foil and pop them on the BBQ. Once they’re cooked and cooled off I season with some greek yogurt, garlic and olive oil – salt and pepper to taste of course. Delicious, cost effective and incredibly healthy.

Grilled fruit salad with Mint: We love grilling up fruits like strawberries, watermelon and pineapple. Making fruit kabobs is an incredibly easy twist to make fruit even more delicious. After I’ve cut the fruit into bite sized pieces I toss them in a little vanilla extract and fresh mint. To prepare I just layer strawberries, melon and pineapple and pop on the grill for a few minutes allowing the fruit to develop char marks and just warm slightly through.

BBQ Scraper giveaway

When Mollen Living the awesome people behind BBQ Scraper reached out to me and offered to host this giveaway to one lucky TTBH reader in honor of Father’s Day and the start of grilling season I jumped on the opportunity because not only is their product eco-friendly but it makes cleaning your BBQ safe and easy .BBQ Scraper is 100% natural, as no chemicals or preservatives are used in the process allowing for a completely natural product!

The BBQ Scraper is awesome because it customizes itself to your grill pattern because of its soft wood which makes cleaning your grill a breeze. Once you use it on a hot grill a few times the wood takes on the shape of your grill and does an incredible job cleaning off all that messy gunk. After many many reports of BBQ brushes with bristles being unsafe Mer and I had actually abandoned our own BBQ brush in lieu of using crumpled up tin foil a few years back. In recent years, we were balling up a piece of tin foil and using long BBQ tongues to help guide the foil over the heated grills which although does the job semi-well, often results in singed arm hairs and skin burns. We tried the BBQ Scraper for the first time this weekend when prepping our grill for our friends and family BBQ and we’re hooked! The edge of BBQ Scraper is angled in such a way that grooves start to form into the scraper from it’s first use, quickly customizing to the user’s BBQ. The more it is used the deeper the grooves form until it perfectly surrounds the grilling surface and is able to perfectly clean the grill surface.

To enter the giveaway

It’s easy peasy.

  • Simply answer the question below to be entered to win a BBQ Scraper of your very own!
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Contest closes on Friday June 16th at 11:59 P.M. Winner will have a BBQ scraper shipped to them directly from Mollen Living! Open to U.S & Canada! Good luck!

What are your favorite BBQ recipe?



  1. June 12, 2017 / 7:56 am

    My husband LOVES the BBQ Scraper… well we don’t exactly have THAT brand, but he absolutely tells everyone about it and our old scraper is long gone too!

  2. June 12, 2017 / 11:34 am

    I love the Steak my dad makes. Not sure what he puts in it, but it is great!

  3. June 12, 2017 / 12:42 pm

    Asparagus, fresh from the garden. We drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and either place it right on the grill or in an aluminum pie plate. So simple, so fresh and delicious, perfect side to any meat you grill along side it.

  4. June 12, 2017 / 2:08 pm

    Throw some potaoes, onions and carrots in a tin foil pan and bake on the BBQ.

  5. Karen
    June 12, 2017 / 4:54 pm

    I love to make BBQ chicken kebabs.

  6. June 12, 2017 / 6:48 pm

    my favorite recipe on the grill is having drumsticks grilled with bbq sauce and corn on the cob. though any hot dogs./burgers taste great too, especially ribs! However, love grilling drumsticks and served with corn on the cob.

  7. Diane baum
    June 12, 2017 / 6:51 pm

    My fave is grilled portebello mushrooms

  8. June 12, 2017 / 9:37 pm

    I love vegetables on the grill, specifically squash, zucchini, and red onions.

  9. angela smith
    June 12, 2017 / 10:48 pm

    Corn wrapped in foil with butter and sea salt then thrown on the grill ..It’s amazing

  10. connie tillman
    June 12, 2017 / 11:51 pm

    mmmm pulled pork. I love bbq. This looks like a cute tool that my dad would love. thanks for the chance.

  11. Shane A
    June 13, 2017 / 1:47 am

    Love to BBQ Tri Tip. Lots of cayenne pepper, mesquite, and dill!

  12. Kimberly O
    June 13, 2017 / 5:54 am

    My husband makes ribs with his special, secret sauce. Thanks.

  13. Tracy Pryor
    June 13, 2017 / 7:13 am

    I love corn on the cob wrapped in tin foil and topped with salt and butter.

  14. June 13, 2017 / 8:05 am

    corn on the cob and apsaragus! everything just tastes better on the bbq 🙂

  15. Sandi Tymchuk
    June 13, 2017 / 8:36 am

    I like Blue Menu hamburgers (Sirloin or Angus) grilled with Montreal Steak Spice–delicious and juicy!

  16. Denise S
    June 13, 2017 / 8:58 am

    My husband always wings it and everything turns out really good. I like his BBQ chicken the best.

  17. Char
    June 13, 2017 / 9:02 am

    We love corn with our ribs! Yum, thanks for the great offer 🙂

  18. Anne Derkat
    June 13, 2017 / 9:33 am

    I love baked potatoes on the BBQ.

  19. June 13, 2017 / 9:58 am

    Some great tips here, thanks for sharing 🙂

  20. Christina Sparks
    June 13, 2017 / 10:43 am

    I love my husband bbq chicken, he makes his own bbq sauce it is delicious.

  21. meghan
    June 13, 2017 / 11:01 am

    We love to do corn and also shrimp!

  22. Mike Flaman
    June 13, 2017 / 11:19 am

    My wife puts together these amazing burgers using breadcrumbs and spices – sorry I don’t know the recipe but it is amazing.

  23. Jen D
    June 13, 2017 / 11:44 am

    Lol….it sounds bland, but I really love a grilled hot dog the most. After that, boneless skinless chicken breasts. And there’s nothing that compares to corn on the cob on the grill.

  24. June 13, 2017 / 11:51 am

    I love BBQ ribs. they are my husband’s amazing recipe.

  25. Vanessa L
    June 13, 2017 / 12:04 pm

    Our favourite recipe is Cedar Planked Salmon with a maple garlic marinade.

  26. Stacie Humphrey
    June 13, 2017 / 12:33 pm

    We love bbq! My Dad makes his own bbq sauce and it is amazing!

  27. Calvin F.
    June 13, 2017 / 2:23 pm

    Bbq wings, also grilled salmon!

  28. June 13, 2017 / 2:23 pm

    My favourite recipe is sausages

  29. June 13, 2017 / 3:42 pm

    marinated steak on the grill

  30. Cindy Peterson
    June 13, 2017 / 4:37 pm

    We enjoy making cedar planked salmon topped with rhubarb chutney

  31. Aarone Mawdsley
    June 13, 2017 / 7:57 pm

    lots of montreal steak spice

  32. Taryn T
    June 13, 2017 / 8:55 pm

    My husband makes really great fruit kebabs, pulled pork, and even pizza on the grill!

  33. J
    June 13, 2017 / 8:59 pm

    Pork tenderloin with a spicy soy honey glaze

  34. SarahJ
    June 13, 2017 / 9:23 pm

    My favourite BBQ recipe is shish kabobs.

  35. Rhonda Y
    June 13, 2017 / 9:42 pm

    My favorite BBQ recipe is Grilled Pineapple Shrimp on a stick loaded up with veggies.

  36. Jana Stefanovich
    June 13, 2017 / 10:04 pm

    Dr. Pepper baked beans and grilled Pineapple are my favorite paired with Clams yummy!!!!!

  37. beewbedard
    June 13, 2017 / 10:22 pm

    we love BBQ chicken
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  38. Stephanie D
    June 13, 2017 / 11:00 pm

    rotisserie duck with corn on the cob and grilled zucchini !!

  39. Pamela Sloss
    June 13, 2017 / 11:20 pm

    I love BBQ meatballs.

  40. Theresa C.
    June 14, 2017 / 12:26 am

    Our favorite BBQ recipe is grilled salmon with lemon butter!

  41. Jenny w
    June 14, 2017 / 9:23 am

    Grilled chicken kabobs

  42. intensev5
    June 14, 2017 / 11:11 am

    I love making beef satay kabobs on the BBQ

  43. Sara B.
    June 14, 2017 / 11:30 pm

    My favorite recipe is my za”tar chicken. So good!

  44. Christy Eldred
    June 15, 2017 / 12:00 am

    I love BBQ ribs and grilled asaragus sprinkled with olive oil & cajun seasoning

  45. June 15, 2017 / 7:25 am

    I love to make grilled stuffed jalapenos!

  46. June 15, 2017 / 9:10 am

    I just love grilled chicken kebabs made with peppers and onions! So good!

  47. Kathy D
    June 15, 2017 / 9:28 am

    Would make great Fathers day gift

  48. Brenda Haines
    June 15, 2017 / 9:42 am

    I love a good slow smoked trip tip roast. I marinate it in Italian dressing over night, then I rub it in a Cajun style rub before I put it on to smoke.

  49. Helga
    June 15, 2017 / 10:33 am

    My favorite BBQ recipe is Alabama style pork ribs. They know how to barbeque!

  50. Lynne T
    June 15, 2017 / 10:40 am

    I love to BBQ London Broil that has been marinaded in a mixture of red wine, soy sauce and garlic.

  51. Rachelle Thomson
    June 15, 2017 / 2:02 pm

    We do a lot of grilling, and my favorite thing my husband does is put the meat on a Himalayan Salt block! Yummmmmm!!

  52. clickclickmycat
    June 15, 2017 / 4:57 pm

    We cook everything on the grill. My favorite is the veggies.

  53. clickclickmycat
    June 15, 2017 / 4:59 pm

    I shared on Pinterest /

  54. June 15, 2017 / 5:35 pm

    Carne Asada Fajitas are our current go to when I am not busy smoking a nice brisket or rack of ribs.

    We use the following marinade recipe along with pickled red onions and roasted red peppers and guacamole. You can look up a pickled red onion recipe but the marinade is what makes this meal. Also make sure to let that meat marinade for at least 2 hours and then seer it (scorched outside and still pink inside) on a super hot grill for an amazing steak.

    Carne Asada Marinade Recipe

    2 – 3 lbs Steak (Skirt or Flank preferably)
    1 cup orange juice
    1/2 Lemon Juice
    1/2 Lime Juice
    2 – 3 cloves finely chopped garlic
    handful fresh cut cilantro
    2 tablespoons white or apple cider vinegar
    salt and pepper to taste
    crushed red pepper (optional)

  55. Terry Stevens
    June 15, 2017 / 7:51 pm

    I love to marinate chicken breast strips in 1/3 oil, 1/3 soy sauce and 1/3 vinegar. Put on skewers along with mushrooms, cherry tomatoes and sliced peppers.

  56. Terry Stevens
    June 15, 2017 / 7:52 pm


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    June 15, 2017 / 7:53 pm


  58. shawna
    June 15, 2017 / 10:40 pm

    Shrimp and steak!

  59. laura588
    June 15, 2017 / 11:28 pm

    I love the BBQ wings with BBQ corn my husband grills.

  60. Lissa Crane
    June 16, 2017 / 8:56 am

    I love chicken and grilled corn on the cob!!!

  61. Nancy
    June 16, 2017 / 9:04 am

    I love grilled steak and whole grilled onions. To make the onions, top whole peeled onions with butter and seasoning and wrap them in foil. Roast them on the grill until soft and tender.

  62. June 16, 2017 / 10:18 am

    the ggrill scraper w ould be good for me i have s mall grill and the scraber brush does not clean it

  63. June 16, 2017 / 10:23 am

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  64. Mary Beth Elderton
    June 16, 2017 / 10:24 am

    This scraper looks so cool! We love BBQ chicken and burgers. I like to add corn on the cob and potatoes, too.

  65. Tina reynolds
    June 16, 2017 / 11:44 am

    I love ribs with my husbands honey BBQ sauce and baked beans

  66. June 16, 2017 / 12:09 pm

    My favorite BBQ sauce is made with oil, vinegar and an egg.

  67. Erica B.
    June 16, 2017 / 1:06 pm

    I like bbq shrimp.

  68. Kat Emerick
    June 16, 2017 / 3:09 pm

    I love BBQ boneless pork chops!!

  69. Donna L
    June 16, 2017 / 3:33 pm

    I like to grill steak and pork ribs.

  70. DebP
    June 16, 2017 / 5:19 pm

    I like my husbands steak. He uses beer to keep them moist, and they turn out tender in the middle and crisp around the edges.

  71. June 16, 2017 / 6:26 pm

    Love grilled whole fish on the bbq along with grilled veggies

  72. Pamela
    June 16, 2017 / 6:35 pm

    We love to grill burgers, veggies, kabobs, all kinds of things.

  73. Gina Rock
    June 16, 2017 / 6:55 pm

    Sweet honey bbq on grilled chicken!

  74. Lisa Queen
    June 16, 2017 / 7:53 pm

    We loved grilled chicken! We also do shrimp alot!

  75. elizabeth miller
    June 16, 2017 / 8:31 pm

    My favorite grill recipe is shrimp and steak kabobs. On the side, in foil packets we put cauliflower, squash, and zuchini in a tiny bit of margarine and sprinkle parmesean cheese on top. Delicious. For that though we have to really clean off the grill. I’d love to try this scraper versus the metal looking thing we have.

  76. Breanne
    June 16, 2017 / 8:38 pm

    I like bbq chicken.

  77. Rachel V
    June 16, 2017 / 8:43 pm

    I love steak on the grill, and also kabobs.

  78. Brenda Penton
    June 16, 2017 / 9:31 pm

    I love BBQed Pizza. My favourite to BBQ would be Buffalo Chicken pizza

  79. LeAnn H
    June 16, 2017 / 9:47 pm

    I like grilling chicken that has soaked in Italian dressing

  80. Brooke Rose
    June 16, 2017 / 10:18 pm

    Yummy! I love everything grilled… shrimp, steak, chicken, and corn on the cob… YUM!!! Thanks for the chance, would love to win!

  81. Sand
    June 16, 2017 / 10:50 pm

    We grill a lot! Lots of vegetables and different meats!

  82. Terry Stevens
    June 16, 2017 / 10:51 pm

    Tweeted today-

  83. Terry Stevens
    June 16, 2017 / 10:51 pm

    Shared on FB-

  84. Leela
    June 16, 2017 / 11:50 pm

    Swiss, mushroom and bacon burgers.

  85. June 17, 2017 / 6:59 am

    Thank you to everyone who as entered! This giveaway is now closed. Winner will be announced on Monday June 19th, 2017. Good luck!

  86. June 18, 2017 / 8:56 pm

    Loops delicious!!! I love grilling out 🙂 We have a scraper but ours is just the traditional looks like a good one to try 🙂

  87. June 20, 2017 / 4:32 pm

    I’m a big fan of homemade burgers! I use ground up corn nachos instead of breadcrumbs to hold the meat together so that they are gluten free.

  88. rhonda fuller
    June 22, 2017 / 9:24 pm

    Sweet tea brined BBQ chicken!

  89. July 4, 2017 / 4:02 pm

    We love grilling. It not only can be very economical, but is one of the easiest ways for gluten free entertaining. I seriously need to get one of those awesome grill scrapers!

    • July 4, 2017 / 7:00 pm

      Absolutely!! It’s a really great way to work around a gluten intolerance. If you’re interested in buying the scraper, BBQ scraper has a coupon that is still active. See above if it interests you!

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