A summertime afternoon and a grill full of mouthwatering food — we can’t think of a more natural pairing! This summer, relax on your Shea Homes® patio and grill up a smorgasbord of treats for family, friends, neighbors, and anyone who follows their nose to your house. Here are six recipes to help make this summer extra delicious.

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Fruit Skewers
Who says grilling is only for savory bites? Try skewers packed with your favorite fruits instead of your typical burgers and dogs. Play with a tropical blend like pineapple, banana, and mango, or keep it classic with strawberries and melon. For the kids, drizzle grilled fruit skewers with chocolate sauce or whipped cream — for the adults, slip grilled peaches or plums into a summertime sangria for a sweet and smoky garnish.

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What’s more appealing than ribs straight off the grill, glistening with tangy barbeque sauce? For this delectable delicacy, dry-rub with your desired spices, place on the grill, cover with barbecue sauce in an even layer, then let time and smoke do their work. After about 1.5 to two hours, check for doneness then let it rest off the grill under aluminum foil for 15 to 20 minutes. They’ll be falling off the bone and into your mouth in no time!

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Foil packet perfection
Customize these easy foil grill packets to your heart’s content: Try a shrimp boil-inspired packet with shrimp, corn, and baby potatoes, or a surf-and-turf packet with Old Bay seasoning and juicy cherry tomatoes. To make these recipes, just oil your vegetables or protein, season as desired, then seal until airtight and grill for about 6-8 minutes on each side. While your wrapped-up riches cook, swap stories on the patio or simply admire the gorgeous Colorado sunset with a glass of wine. Unwrap packets using gloves and enjoy your juicy, tender meal with those you love most.

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Mexican grilled corn
Elote is a Mexican dish of grilled corn slathered with mayonnaise or Mexican crema, spiced up with cayenne, and served sprinkled with a salty cheese like Parmesan or cotija. To make elote, just oil a few ears of corn and grill over a medium-hot flame until cooked through and lightly blackened. Apply desired toppings, a squeeze of lime juice, and enjoy. Pro Tip: You’ll want to have lots of napkins on-hand!

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Fish tacos
A soft corn or flour tortilla is the perfect vehicle for grilled fish and a spicy, flavorful salsa. Try a flaky blackened catfish taco with a cabbage and cilantro slaw doused in lime juice, or a meaty grilled snapper with a spicy pineapple-jalapeno salsa. Whatever you choose, it’ll feel like you transported Baja California into your own backyard.

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Pizza on the grill
Grilled pizza might seem like a misnomer, but it’s easier to make than you’d think! Preheat your grill to 425 degrees, brush pizza dough with oil, and grill until lightly browned on the bottom. Then, flip pizza dough over and add sauce and your favorite toppings. Grill a few more minutes until the cheese is melted and beginning to brown. Make one big pizza to split, or personal pizzas to avoid any disagreements over toppings!

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No matter the recipe, grilling is the perfect way to relax with family and friends in the tranquility of your lovely Shea Home®. Fire up the grill and get summer started the right way!

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