Let’s hear it for Mark Bittman, food writer extraordinaire and cookbook hero to all! The latest release of How To Grill Everything focuses squarely on all things from the barbecue. From soups and salads to elegant, hearty main courses and even dessert, this is the book to pick up if you’re looking to expand your grilling repertoire. Make these addictive, briny Brussels sprout skewers for your next cook-out and watch the excellent reviews roll in. 

A recipe that preaches to the choir and makes converts: The fire crisps the outer layers of the sprouts, creating a delicious foil for the nutty, creamy insides. Try to grab small Brussels sprouts all of a similar size so they cook evenly and can be devoured in one bite. Blanching makes the sprouts easier to pierce and lets you crank up the fire to put on the perfect char. You can prepare the skewers and sauce up to several hours in advance and refrigerate; bring both to room temperature while the grill heats.

Brussels Sprout and Soppressata Skewers

This Italian salami—or any good salami for that matter—is a nice switch from the usual bacon: You’ll need 1 thin slice soppressata for every sprout. Reduce the oil to 1 tablespoon and use it only to coat the sprouts. Omit the parsley, lime juice, garlic, and olives and skip Step 3. Skewer a sprout, then fold a slice of soppressata into quarters, and push it up against the sprout on the skewer so it fans a little. Repeat with the remaining sprouts and salami. Grill until the soppressata is crisp, even charred in spots.

Brussels Sprout Skewers with Parsley-Cilantro Pesto

A bright, herbal alternative: Omit the olives, and in Step 3, add 1 cup lightly packed fresh cilantro leaves and some salt; process until smooth.

Okra Skewers with Green Olive Dipping Sauce

In Step 1, build a medium direct fire. Substitute small okra pods for the Brussels sprouts. Trim their stems; there is no need to blanch them. Okra is easier to handle if you skewer several crosswise using two skewers, threading the tops with one and the tips with another. Or skip the skewers and put the okra right on the grill if they’re large enough. Cook, turning once or more, until they’re bright green and you can insert a knife through the center of one without resistance, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Serve with the sauce.

Reprinted with permission from How To Grill Everything