An Upscale Backyard Barbecue

August  2, 2014

Today: Host a barbecue soirée and savor the last warm nights of summer.

You've already hosted the refined, candlelit dinner indoors. Now you're looking for something to keep you outside: a barbecue. Invite your friends over and enjoy the last of the warm summer breeze from your patio or deck -- especially if you've been in an air-conditioned office all day. 

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More: Don't want to use paper plates or bring your ceramic plates outside? Here's a stylish compromise.

We're not talking about a last-minute burgers-and-hot dogs type of barbecue -- rather, a sophisticated menu that just happens to be prepared entirely on the grill, aside from a cool drink and a no-bake dessert. The majority of prep for these dishes can be done before your guests arrive so that you can finish them outdoors while nursing a cocktail. Ready your tools and get your char on.

Pimm's Cup

Grilled Corn with Basil Butter

Grilled Bread Salad with Broccoli Rabe and Summer Squash

Spicy Shrimp

Chicken al Mattone with Thyme Pesto

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What's your favorite thing to grill when entertaining? Tell us in the comments!

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Emi Boscamp

Written by: Emi Boscamp

Editorial Intern, Food52