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The true sign of summer: last night the air in my neighborhood was filled with the sound of crackling charcoal and the smell of grilling vegetables and meat. I love summer cookouts. Grilling on the patio may very well be my favorite part of the season. While I happily turn veggies on an apartment-friendly miniature grill, I can’t help but wish I could be the grill master at one of these designer bbq stations. (HGTV’s own Dream Home and Green Home always seem to have the best outdoor cooking spots.)

hgtv green home 2012 sweepstakes barbeque courtyardHGTV Green Home 2012: Barbeque Courtyard

This barbeque courtyard serves as a spacious outdoor living and dining space that gracefully extends from the kitchen and living room. The grilling station is secluded and perfect for the cook to make top-notch summer meals.

hgtv dream home 2012 sweepstakes outdoor living room grillHGTV Dream Home 2012: Outdoor Living Room

The outdoor living room from HGTV Dream Home 2012 focuses on casual, comfortable design and the surrounding views. A perk to this cozy spot is the 12-foot island, housing a gas grill, rotisserie, two warming drawers and hidden storage.

hgtv summer grilling recipes

Ready to take your spatula and tongs to the grill? Check out some of our favorite recipes, perfect for your next summertime cookout:

If you want even more grilling recipes check out our sister site, FoodNetwork.com. After you get your menu set get your outdoor space guest- and party-ready with our complete Outdoor Entertaining guide.

Have you been firing up the grill a lot since spring? What are some of your favorite grilling recipes? Share them with us in the comments below.

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    Once I tried Ina Garten's recipe for grilled shrimp I never wanted to have shrimp done any other way:

    http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/gri

    And my husband's grilled portobello mushrooms are the best!

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  6. vaneca says:

    who doesnt want to grill and have fun outside during the summer so who ever win the green home that is a huge blessing dreams do come true with god anything is possible

  7. Carrie Martin says:

    Gee when is HGTV coming to Maine would love a room re done or backyard crashers My sister and I watch it all the time. we even re did my front porch. after watching lots of episodes of HGTV. I like color splash. too and like watch house hunters and property virgins with Sandra she is our favorite. would they ever come to Maine?

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