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Best Indoor Cooking Recipes to Try this Summer

This summer, you can celebrate the season with our delicious selection of cooking recipes as you throw open the windows and bring the flavors indoors!

There are several reasons why you might want to cook your meat indoors. If you live in a city apartment or have no backyard, don't have a barbecue, or if the weather outdoors is not ideal for a BBQ, fret not—we’re here to help!

You already have everything you need for an inside BBQ in your kitchen. You can adapt any grilling recipe to reproduce the tastes of the grill in the comfort of your own home with the right tools and a few preparation tweaks.

Whether you're looking for new recipes, marinade ideas for classics, or want to try some meals you've never prepared before, this recipe list has one clear goal: to help you prepare the most delicious meats indoors this summer. You’re going to love our indoor cooking recipes that bring the amazing taste of grilled meals inside!

Indoor Recipes for Pork

Pork is a versatile, mild-flavored meat that can benefit from a little seasoning and still take on many flavors. The "other white flesh" as it's commonly referred to, is inexpensive and can be seasoned to your liking.

It’s also red meat that is abundant in protein, minerals, vitamins, and amino acids, all of which are beneficial to your overall health. But like any other meat, it is sure to taste better when cooked properly and not overdone. Depending on your mood, you can dress up pork with sauces or keep it simple by pan-frying it with only oil and spices. Fortunately, pork recipes don’t have to be extremely complicated, making them a perfect option for a summer meal.

If you want tasty pork pieces, you’ve come to the right place. Our pork selection at Grand Peaks Prime Meats is high-quality and guaranteed to impress.

We’re here to share with you some great pork recipes you can make at home this summer!

Best Pork Rub

This Best Pork Rub lives up to its name. It tastes better than any store-bought rub, and it contains no fillers or exotic ingredients that you can't pronounce. You'll adore this all-purpose dry rub for pork, whether you're preparing pork chops, ribs, hog shoulder, or pork tenderloin. The 7-ingredient pork rub recipe is both sweet and savory, and it will soon become your go-to hog dry rub. This whole pork rub recipe can be prepared in under 10 minutes!

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Tender Instant Pot Pulled Pork

Pulled pork is a fun and tasty entree to cook for summer BBQs, weekday dinners, and lunch meal prep. Although different cooking methods suit different cuts of pork, preparing larger pieces gently over a moderate heat yields delicious pulled pork and is surprisingly simple to execute. That's why you will love this Instant Pot Pulled Pork with BBQ Sauce recipe! It will help you create the tenderest and most juicy instant pot pulled pork, cooked with a savory dry rub and your favorite barbecue sauce. We love this one because of its simplicity and deliciously tender pulled pork in half the time!

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Balinese Sticky Glazed Pork Ribs

Sweet, spicy, and tangy, chef Lara Lee's ribs are incredibly tasty and simple to cook indoors—did we forget to mention that no grill or smoker is necessary? Kecap Manis is an Indonesian sweet soy sauce that serves as the base for the glaze's sweet, acidic flavor and sticky texture, which coats each mouthful of these supple ribs.

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Herb-Based Pork Chops

With this pork dish, the hot pan drizzle and melted butter will extract the essential oils from the herbs, which results in rich liquids marinating the pork chops in the last few minutes of cooking. The Thai chilies provide spice to the meal, but if you don't want as much heat, simply cut into the chilies rather than using halves. Then serve with mashed or roasted potatoes to soak up the delicious juices! We love these delicious herb-based pork chops because they can be prepared in just under an hour.

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Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin

This Instant Pot recipe produces a succulent and flavorful pork tenderloin that you’ll love! It includes a spice rub that’s simple but adds flavor to this delightful dish. If you want the pork to be more done, let the pressure drop naturally for two minutes before venting the pot to manually remove the pressure. The entire dinner will be ready in about an hour, making it an excellent choice for hectic nights when you still want something filling.

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Indoor Recipes for Beef

Want to shake up your weeknight meal routine and prepare something a little different?

Beef recipes are a great lunch or dinner option; they’re easy to cook and can be very healthy, too. Just make sure you choose high-quality beef, and you’re good to go!

Beef is the perfect entrée option for feasts, holidays, and entertaining. Though we're sure any leftovers from smaller events will vanish swiftly as well.

Here is a list of our favorite beef recipes that you can try this summer:

Special Slow Cooked Beef

We know you'll love this slow-cooked beef recipe! This meaty meal is quick and easy to make for a Sunday evening. The cooking time will allow plenty of time to attend to other matters while the steak is slowly cooking. It's comfort food and can be served with warm mashed potatoes on the side for a mouthful of delight. Although it’s not a quick dinner choice, it's certainly worth the effort!

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The Ultimate Instant Pot Roast

Pot roast fans, this recipe is for you! In just 2 hours, you can make the most delicious and flavorful pot roast with plenty of vegetables and homemade gravy. Because this recipe is made in a pressure cooker, it can be cooked in a fraction of the time of a regular oven-cooked pot roast. It's great for a lovely summer get-together with family and friends.

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The Best Sous Vide Steak

We're in love with sous vide steak. It’s both hearty and wonderful, and we can guarantee you’ll love it. If you've ever ordered a steak at a fine dining restaurant and it arrived quickly, it was most likely prepared sous vide, especially if it was cooked evenly across. Warning, though, with this recipe you can get addicted to cooking steak!

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Wild Rice Meatloaf

This beef recipe includes fresh ingredients, spices, and sauces that combine to make the most delectable meatloaf you've ever had. It also has all of the wonderful flavors you need for a hearty summer dinner and is ideal for feeding a large group!

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Indoor Recipes for Chicken

Chicken is one of the easiest meats to prepare and is generally loved by most people, which means it's hard to go wrong with most recipes! All you need is some good seasoning and usually little else to prepare a wonderful meal that’s filled with protein.

Chicken is also great to cook and meal prep for those who are too busy to cook during the week. Especially in the summer when most of us want to be out in the sun having some fun!

Just make sure you pick high-quality chicken pieces, and you won’t be disappointed!

We’ve put together a list of our favorite chicken recipes for you, and they’re all easy and quick to prepare. We guarantee that they’ll become staples in your kitchen for when you don’t have much time to cook a fancy meal.

Grilled Chicken Breasts

This fantastic and quick recipe will include succulent grilled chicken breasts. It’s a simple main dish that can be made on the stovetop using a grill pan. An excellent option if you want to cook ahead of time and then enjoy it throughout the week!

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Classic Roast Chicken & Gravy

We think that a classic roast chicken recipe should be in everyone’s kitchen recipe book! If you have ever wanted to make a roast chicken to impress your family or friends, then the good news is that we have just the recipe you need to dazzle your guests! This might be the best and simplest chicken roast recipe out there. And the best part? It can be prepared in under an hour and a half!

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Chicken Tikka

These juicy chicken skewers are marinated in yogurt, ginger, garlic, and spices to create a fantastic appetizer for an Indian-inspired feast or a tasty lunch wrapped in flatbread. Something easy for those summer days where you don’t have time for anything too complicated!

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Hunter’s Chicken Recipe:

This delightful chicken meal will become a family favorite! To prepare the meal, simply wrap a chicken breast in bacon, slather it in BBQ sauce, then top it with melted cheese. If you want to add an extra little something, then we recommend that you serve with mashed potatoes and wilted greens. It can be prepared in under 35 minutes, making it perfect for when you’re hungry and want something quick!

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Easy Pan Grilled Chicken on Stove

With this simple and delectable grilled chicken recipe, you can barbecue chicken breasts indoors on the stove! This dish can help you prepare grilled chicken without a grill, and it’s a delightful meal option that’s full of flavor owing to the light and quick marinade. Delicious and nutritious, you'll be a convert for sure after you master this cooking method for chicken breast. It can be prepared in under 25 minutes. Because who doesn’t love quick dishes?

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Additional Tips for Cooking Meat Indoors

  • When cooking indoors, a single pan usually replaces the entire gas or charcoal barbecue, so it needs to be strong! The best cooking utensil for cooking meats indoors is cast iron. Remember, if you're using a cast-iron grill pan, then most of the time, a small layer of oil is all that is required.
  • Before putting meats over the fire, make sure you pat them dry if they contain any moisture. Also gently spray them with olive oil and season both sides with salt and pepper.
  • If your home or apartment is poorly ventilated, especially if you live in the city, you can always grill inside the oven to help control some of the smoke and speed up cooking time.
  • Great meat dishes will usually demand some preparation ahead of time, whether you're cooking outside or indoors. It's usually better to prepare meat that has been totally thawed, so if it's frozen solid, put it in the fridge for a day or two. Allow your meat to come to room temperature before cooking it to retain the fluids and taste that might otherwise be lost during the cooking process.
  • For great taste and texture, make sure you cook meat at a low temperature. Always keep an eye on your meal and give it plenty of time to cook properly. When you’re done, allow the meat to rest for 10 minutes to allow it to settle and stay juicy!

The options are endless when it comes to inside—or outside—bbq grilling recipes. One thing is for sure, the better the quality of meat, the better the quality of the meal. We at Grand Peaks Prime Meats have specialized in the meat industry for the last 65 years procuring locally sourced products to supply our community with some of the best quality of cuts around. Contact us today for a custom order, or to see our available cuts made to order.

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