Tips and Tricks for a Fabulous Waterfront Cookout

UPDATED: Nov 3, 2021

A barbecue is one of the best summertime traditions for many Americans. There is nothing more American than burgers and hot dogs on the grill on a hot summertime afternoon. Having a barbecue on the waterfront is like a mini vacation, even if it’s just for one afternoon. Running your toes through the warm sand, smelling the fresh breeze off the water mixed with the scent of barbecue, and taking a dip make for a beautiful, relaxing and fun day.

Food on the Grill

Nothing tastes better than steak, seafood, and corn on the cob fresh off the grill. Remember to spray the grill with non stick spray a minute or two prior to adding the food, and to brush grill between foods. A maintained grill will serve for many years.

A good steak requires minimal preparation for the grill. Use your favorite seasonings, toss it on a nice hot grill, cook to your liking, and enjoy! Add some personalization with a personalized steak branding iron. This is sure to cause some laughs when your friends realize their steak really does have their name written all over it.

Seafood Kabobs

Use peeled shrimp, scallops, pineapple, onions, peppers, and mushrooms.
Slice all of the vegetables and place in a bowl with the shrimp and scallops.
Cut a skinned and cored pineapple into bite sized pieces and add into the bowl with the other ingredients. Then add the following to the mixture:

1 cup of pineapple juice
3 tablespoons of orange juice
1 teaspoon of pepper
1 tablespoon of old bay
1 teaspoon of ground ginger
2 tablespoons of sesame seeds

Refrigerate the mixture for at least 1 hour, but no longer than 3 hours. Place on kabobs. Circle barbeque skewers are fun and attractive. Metal skewers are preferred, but if you use wooden skewers, be sure to soak them in water for fifteen minutes prior to loading the food on them to avoid burning.

Cook until the shrimp and scallops are cooked through. Brush with additional juice if it looks like the kabobs are getting too dry on the grill. You can serve these fully assembled or take them off of the kabobs and serve in a bowl or other serving plate.

Grilled Sides

Corn on the cob is one of a griller’s favorite vegetables. Pull the husks down but do not remove them completely. Remove all of the silks from the corn, place small pats of butter directly onto the corn, and push the husks back into place. Soak in a pan of cold water for about fifteen minutes, wrap foil around the top of each ear, and grill for about ten minutes.

Baked potatoes are a delightful side, especially for steak. Slice each potato, top with butter, wrap with aluminum foil and cook until soft. Unwrap before serving so guests may add other toppings as they wish.

Cooking the sides while the seafood is cooking will alter the flavor of the sides. Grill the side dishes before the seafood. Cold pasta salads or vegetable salads help complete the meal.

Grilled Desserts

Grill halved and pitted peaches for a nice, healthy delightful grilled dessert. Prepare this simple syrup as a topping before you leave home:

Boil three tablespoons of white sugar with 3/4 cup of water. Balsamic vinegar also works well in place of the water. Bring mixture to a boil and simmer until half remains. Allow to cool and pack with your other foods.

Brush the inner part of the peaches with the syrup and place face down on the grill. Cook for about five minutes, or until lightly caramelized, then flip and cook two more minutes. Add crumbled blue cheese or whipped cream and enjoy!

Fun Waterfront Cookout Games

You don’t have to take many fun things with you when you go to the beach, lake or other body of water. A beach ball, music, and some refreshing drinks can fill the entire day. But if you are looking for even more fun, look no further than these great ideas:

Take the volleyball and net for a little competition in the sand.
Provide all of the materials needed for some cool sand castles and have a contest.
Some silly goggles and a camera make for some funny memories you can share with friends.
Play games like Limbo, Marco Polo, Golf Island.
Turn the music up, grab a few drinks and let loose!

Plan a scavenger hunt. Ask contestants to find shells, driftwood, rocks, snails, and anything else that they can catch that won’t die; you don’t want to harm the local ecosystem. They will love finding these things and will keep them busy while you enjoy watching them.


Later in the evening, some wine and dessert next to the campfire or grill is absolutely a divine way to end your day on the beach. Relax with a drink and breathe in the salty air while feeling the cool breeze on your face. It doesn’t get much better!

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