It’s national barbecue day today and I had no idea! My husband is out of town so that means no barbecue in the backyard (a sigh of disappointment). But there is something else I can make for me and the boys to celebrate this day – pancakes.
Have you ever tried grilling your pancakes? I bet not many of you have. Well, it’s time to change that. This outdoor cooking method by smoking over wood or charcoal is not reserved only for meat, even though barbecues were obviously invented for the purpose of cooking meat in the first place. You can grill everything: vegetables, cheeses, nuts, bread and other starches, desserts, even ingredients used to make certain beverages like beer!
Why Should You Make Barbecue Pancakes?
Well, the point in barbecues is that they bring people together, but also inspires them to get closer to nature. Works for me since the only nature we have is our backyard. My boys will be brought together out in the open where the damages and mess they’re able to produce is minimized, under my watchful eye. Let’s take advantage of the good weather and grill our breakfast.
A small digression here. Besides your favorite pancake recipes, you can use the barbecue to prepare other types of breakfast. Here is what else you can make:
– Grill bagels or toast bread, then smear them with some butter and top with fruit slices;
– Use a lightly greased skillet and crack a few eggs, then top with grated cheese and fresh herbs. If you are really hungry, grill a sausage or some bacon as well.
– Assemble fruit kebabs made of your favorite fruits. Use bamboo skewers to do this, then brush them with milk and sprinkle some cinnamon sugar. You can also use small pancake pieces here, to alternate with the fruit slices.
Barbecue Pancake Recipe #1
Ok, back to barbecue pancakes. The easiest option is to make a Dutch baby pancake recipe. I love this puffy pancake because there is no need to flip and the mess is really reduced to a minimum. It’s worth mentioning that it puffs to biblical proportions when prepared on a barbecue!
Set up your barbecue for direct grilling and preheat to high temp, 450 degrees F. Prepare the batter following your favorite Dutch baby pancake recipe. Grease a 10’’ cast iron pan with some butter and melt it on the barbecue. When the butter is sizzling, pour the batter and swirl the pan to coat the bottom evenly. Cook for about 20-25 minutes, until golden brown (leave the lid on for the first 15 minutes).
Serve sprinkled with confectioners’ sugar.
Barbecue Pancake Recipe #2
I usually do this when I have leftover pancakes. If you don’t have unused flapjacks, make them from scratch, following your favorite American pancake recipe. Cook them the usual way or, even better, make them crepe-like, thinner and wider than the standard ones. Fill the flapjacks with a chicken filling made of cooked and chopped chicken breasts, barbecue sauce, grated cheese, honey, mayonnaise, salt, and pepper. Direct grill the pancakes for about 5 minutes on each side.
And finally, if you are not in the mood to light up the grill and go through all the trouble, simply include a ¼ cup of barbecue dressing and ranch dressing into the pancake batter and cook the flapjacks the usual way – flipping on the stovetop. Serve with bacon slices and maple syrup.