Easy, impressive recipes to step up your grilling game this summer

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You could have your friends over for a regular, run-of-the-mill cookout this summer (you know, hamburgers, hot dogs, potato chips), or you could change things up a bit with these fun food ideas!

Now keep in mind, we're not re-inventing the wheel, here. Everybody loves a classic hot dog on the grill, right? But there are a few ways to refresh that same-old hot dog or those pulled pork sandwiches by adding delicious seasonal ingredients, making a dish extra spicy or preparing it all in a way that no one would have thought to do themselves!

To help keep things interesting, we asked our bloggers about their favorite ways to switch up outdoor eating, and they showed us all the ways to use Cobblestone Bread Co.™ buns and rolls and their Big Green Egg® grills to take things to a whole new level. Click through below to see more!

Summer grilling with the Lifestyle Collective
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Summer grilling with the Lifestyle Collective

"My wife literally told me this was the best sandwich she's ever had, and with any great sandwich like this one, it starts with the bun. Cobblestone Bread Co.™ offers a huge selection of different sandwich breads and buns, but their Sesame Twist Bun is perfect due to its superb sweet flavors and large size, which is big enough to handle this legendary Smoked Chicken Sandwich with Chipotle Mayonnaise." -- Billy, Billy Parisi

"When smoking any meats, you have to account for the time it takes to do so because it's really a two-step process. The first is developing a really tasty rub to go on your protein, and along with that comes time in the refrigerator to let all of those wonderful flavors infuse in." -- Billy, Billy Parisi
"When it comes to grilling up the perfect hot dog, I always look no further than the perfect charcoal grill. There's just something about charcoal. I think it's that charred taste that it gives to the best meats, including these hot dogs. Once Zach and I started using a charcoal grill, we hardly ever pulled out the gas grill. When I found out that we would be receiving the Big Green Egg®, I think I almost fainted." -- Justine, Cooking and Beer
"The best hot dogs go above and beyond a drizzle of ketchup and mustard. Hot dogs are the perfect blank slate. You can top them with just about anything!" -- Justine, Cooking and Beer
"The Big Green Egg® (aka EGG) is like the king of summertime. Not only is it a grill, but it's also a smoker, a slow cooker, a pizza over and probably a lot more things that I don't even know about yet! And if you know me or have read this blog before, you're probably well aware that I have to make everything into a sandwich. So that leads me to my next point -- what do I do with all this new fun stuff that my boyfriend and I have been making in my EGG? Throw it between two slices of Cobblestone Bread Co.™ bread, of course!" -- MacKenzie, Grilled Cheese Social
"Outdoor grilling season calls for some seriously good bread. And if you want to know the best bread to use for all your summertime grilling projects, you definitely need to get your sauce-covered fingers onto some Cobblestone Bread Co.™ products." -- MacKenzie, Grilled Cheese Social
"Grilling meatloaf is actually really easy, as long as you monitor temperature and don't overcook it. The basic idea is that you lightly mix together all of the ingredients and form the meatloaf on a grilling plank. Then place the meatloaf and plank over medium direct heat and cook it just like an oven. The grilling plank will impart a mild smoky flavor to the meatloaf." -- John, Grilling 24x7
"Cobblestone Bread Co.™ Toasted Onion Rolls work great for this recipe because they are sturdy rolls that can handle such a hearty sandwich. Fantastic! These should be the 'go-to' rolls for any summer cookout." -- John, Grilling 24x7
"By far, my favorite grilling feast is a perfectly cooked brisket slathered in Cherry Chipotle BBQ and then cooked in the Big Green Egg®; it is so tender and irresistible that your grilling invitation should come with a disclaimer that as the cook, you have the right to nibble a taste with your fingers before dishing up plates for your guests." -- Coryanne, Kitchen Living with Coryanne
"If Iam being honest, BBQ sauce has never been one of those sauces that makes me weak in the knees, until I started exploring ways to give it a taste of heat and sweet without being too much of either one. Mixing the heat and smoke of the chipotle pepper with the sweet tang of fresh cherries pairs well with every summer grilling recipe." -- Coryanne, Kitchen Living with Coryanne
"I am dedicated to stepping up my grilling game this summer. Yes, it is time to take things to the next level, be more adventurous and more experimental in my outdoor cooking. Thanks to Cobblestone Bread Co.™ and Big Green Egg®, I am off to a great start." -- Mom Foodie
"Smokey Thai Pulled Chicken Sandwiches are mildly hot and sweet with some traditional Thai flavors. Chicken thighs are brined, dry rubbed and smoked in preparation for pulling, so the chicken is moist and loaded with flavor...even before the sauce is added." -- Mom Foodie
"The classic meat and cheese burger is amazing. That's why it's a classic, but when I'm tired of tradition, I like to change things up a bit. This summer, I created the ultimate, over-the-top, deluxe burger with the help of an insane little condiment called bacon jam, Cobblestone Bread Co.™ Corn Dusted Kaiser Rolls and Big Green Egg®. It's like a trifecta of burger bliss!" -- Meredith, Steele House Kitchen
"A lot of my friends are diehard burger classics opting for cheese, tomato, lettuce and maybe mustard, but I'm on a different stage. What gets my burger-loving heart pounding is unique options like this Bacon Jam Burger." -- Meredith, Steele House Kitchen
"I didn't know it was possible to love a grill so much. Everything about it makes it the perfect grilling tool. And you would not believe the smoky flavor you get from this baby. Obsessed doesn't even cover it." -- Deborah, Taste and Tell
"I don't even remember how my mind cooked these up, but who wouldn't love pork on pork on pork? Bacon on a burger is one of my favorite things, so I thought I'd take it to a new level with these Triple Pork Burgers." -- Deborah, Taste and Tell
"Grilling a Stuffed Caprese Chicken Sandwich for us always require two must-haves: Cobblestone Bread Co.™ and our Big Green Egg®! If you're grilling without either one, you are grilling all wrong!" -- Becky, The Cookie Rookie
"There is no better bun perfect for summer than Cobblestone Bread Co.™ Their buns are always fresh, taste homemade and are full of flavor." -- Becky, The Cookie Rookie
"This banh mi hybrid is at the perfect intersection of summertime grilling and fresh, crisp and simple. The cheesy beef burger is cooked perfectly to medium rare and topped with pickled radish, carrot, jalapeño, fresh mint, cilantro and Thai basil." -- Judy, The Woks of Life
"You can imagine my trepidation when Sarah suggested the idea of banh mi burgers. What about that roll? Well, turns out that the perfectly fluffy, gently toasted Cobblestone Bread Co.™ burger bun we were using worked amazingly well for banh mi, especially when you've decided to burgerify your banh mi." -- Judy, The Woks of Life

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