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How Chefs Plate Made Me An Expert BBQer This Summer

Lately, whenever I meet with the guys or throw a party for friends, it has to include a BBQ. We have a grill out the back but rarely used it - and even when we did, it always landed on me.

Plus, my wife and I can never decide what to BBQ - I love my burgers and hotdogs, but she enjoys her zucchini-pepper-and-chicken skewers. Usually, I toss everything onto the grill with a dash of salt and pepper, and that's it. But this summer, I want to seriously up my grill skills.

I kept seeing pictures of fantastic food from Chefs Plate - a meal kit delivery service that sends everything you need to cook a delicious meal right to your door.

I checked out the Family Friendly Plan for four people that included 4 recipes a week at $8.99 per serving. That's way more affordable than buying the ingredients individually at the grocery store.

Chefs Plate features a range of worldwide cuisines, and their meals come with a detailed recipe card that walks you step-by-step through the process. I couldn't wait for the weekend when I'd fire up the grill and give a few of their meals a try.

I decided to start simple with Chefs Plate's Homestyle BBQ Beef Burgers with potato wedges and onion jam. Instead of frying the burgers in a pan, I slapped them on the grill. Umm-um. That smoky flavor added zing to an already incredible meal, unlike my old burgers. There was no turning back now!

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The next weekend I invited a few friends over to surprise my wife with a fantastic BBQ. While she was mixing the drinks and mingling, I was rustling up a feast on the grill. How about some BBQ-Glazed Chicken Thighs with ranch kale slaw and/or Tex-Mex BBQ Pork Taquitos with avocado salsa? And for the kids? Cheesy BBQ Sloppy Joes with tomato & greens side salad - so yummy. I grabbed one for my plate.

I have to admit all the recipes tasted extraordinary - we couldn't stop commenting about the chicken, the salsa, the Sloppy Joes! My wife was so blown away, she doubted I'd made them. She found the proof in the messy kitchen - who knew it would be so hard to scrub BBQ sauce off the floor? Our friends couldn't believe how great my grilling skills were and said I should be in charge of the grill for life.

Apart from all the BBQ meals, Chefs Plate has quick and easy meal plans that feature seasonal and locally sourced ingredients. Their menus are created by their team of culinary experts and change every week. You can pause, skip or cancel your subscription at any time.

Thanks to Chefs Plate, I now own my grilling skills. And even though BBQs are a summer thing, I'll still use Chefs Plate during the week for quick, healthy dinners.

My wife and I have fallen in love with Chefs Plate - that's obvious. But our friends are total fans. Chefs Plate is now our go to meal kit, for both daily dinners and occasions, you should give it a try.

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