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Time to Bust Out the Grill

Depending on where you live, it’s either just becoming grilling season, or it is grilling season. And either way, most of us can benefit from some tips. So start with a good cleaning – inside, outside and all around. You know how your car seems to drive better when it’s clean? Well the same applies to grills – or at least in my mind it does.

And then whether you use gas, electric or charcoal, you should just get cooking. BTW, I discovered the joys of charcoal a couple of years ago and now can’t stop. Finally, to jump start your cooking a bit, I put one of my favorite, quick appetizers in the video – Grilled Teriyaki Meatballs.

Happy grilling.

Sam the Cooking Guy

Grilled Teriyaki Meatballs

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 32 meatballs

Grilled Teriyaki Meatballs

I like to use frozen small meatballs. They’re about 1/2 ounce each – if you make the ‘OK’ sign with your thumb and forefinger, they’re about the size that would fit in that circle.


One pound fully cooked meatballs (about 32), defrosted

2-3 tablespoons olive oil

1/3 cup teriyaki sauce

Bamboo skewers

1/4 cup finely chopped green onions

Sesame seeds


  1. Heat grill to medium/high.
  2. Toss meatballs with oil.
  3. Grill until fully warmed through, starting to brown with grill markings.
  4. Baste well with teriyaki sauce.
  5. Remove from grill, skewer and top with green onion and sesame seeds.

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Sam Zien

is host of the TV show Sam the Cooking Guy, author of 3 cookbooks and a frequent guest in the Today Show kitchen. He’s also and proud of his “big in taste but small in effort” cooking style — “food that anyone can make,” he likes to say.

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