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The Best Maple Recipes For Your Next Barbecue

The summer is heating up and so are our grills. It’s the season to cook (and dine) al fresco. Whether you’re throwing a barbecue, invited to one, or just enjoying a Wednesday evening around the patio table, we have collected the best recipes for your next barbecue from our own recipe box.

Naturally, our recipes all include pure maple. Yes, even the potato salad! Real maple syrup is a natural ingredient with a versatile flavor profile. Pairings span sweet and savory recipes and we find that the richness of maple is especially complimentary to dishes you’d throw on a grill.

Meat and maple make a merry pairing, but a barbecue isn’t limited to burgers, pulled pork and hotdogs. Never underestimate the buffet of sides served alongside the mains. From salads to salsas, anything that can accentuate a savory plate will be a part of this list so you can build the best menu for your barbecue. This is the best way to build flavors on your fork.

Including maple at the barbecue can be as easy as picking up a few pre-made condiments. A bottle of our Maple BBQ Sauce shines atop a glistening rack of ribs. Add our Vermont Organic Maple Sugar Seasoning to dry rub recipes! Sugar is often a necessary element in recipes and maple adds wholesome goodness to the mix.

Without further ado, here are our favorite recipes for your summer barbecue.

Maple Chipotle Shrimp Tacos

Make these shrimp in a skillet or on your flat top. The flavorful tango of chipotle peppers and maple brings a smokey sweet bite that’ll keep you interested in taco after taco. Top with a mango salsa to add brightness.

Maple Portobello Burger

A maple and soy sauce slurry adds oomph to these vegetarian burgers.

Fivespice Maple Chicken Skewers

Marinades are an incredible way to incorporate maple syrup into the barbecue. This chicken marinade’s inclusion of maple subtly softens the Chinese five spice to achieve a striking balance of spicy-sweet.

Grilled Herb Scallops

Sometimes maple is best served on top where its richness can really shine. Enjoy these grilled scallops with a fresh drizzle of maple syrup.

Vermont Style New Potato Salad

Dressings warmly welcome the addition of maple syrup. In this dressing for potato salad, mustard and maple become a dream team of flavors.

Sweet Bourbon Caramelized Onions

Hoping for more than ketchup, lettuce and tomato on top of your backyard burger? A great way to add interest is to whip up a batch of caramelized onions. This adds a little bit of maple and a whole lot of flavor to your burgers.

Almost Three Bean Salad

Got a lot of beans in your garden? Toss them in a side salad to add crunch to your plate!

Maple Mango Salsa

The sweetness of mango paired with maple is a winning combination. Toss these two together for a taco topping or to enjoy as a dip for salty chips.

Peach Avocado Salad with Basil Pepper Dressing

Condiments like maple mustard are great to have on the table for people to help themselves, but it’s also a delicious way to incorporate maple into your meals. We work maple mustard into salad dressings for a hint of maple flavor. This summery, punchy bowl of salad is fantastic alongside a hotdog.

Cucumber Salad

A cooling side salad complimenting chicken skewers, you’ll enjoy this dish all summer. Maple syrup and sesame oil are building blocks for a flavorful dressing you can apply beyond cucumbers.