The only way to grill tomatoes without losing their delicious juices is in a foil packet. Flavor the tomatoes with any fresh herbs or aromatics, then use them in a briny summer clam chowder or crostini.
Chef Nate Appleman swears by coating vegetables with a mayonnaise-based marinade; it creates a beautifully blistered crust when grilled. Here, he offers a marinade for asparagus that is also fabulous on broccoli and fennel.
Chef Michael Solomonov of Zahav in Philadelphia adds onion juice or pureed onions to his Middle Eastern-style marinades to tenderize and caramelize the meat. The marinade is great on chicken breast as well as lamb.
Jerk chicken gets its aroma from being grilled over wood from pimento trees, the source of allspice. Chef Jose Garces mimics jerk by soaking allspice in water, then throwing the berries onto hot coals. For his jerk chicken, chef Laurent Tourondel creates a marinade using allspice. Letting the marinade sit for an additional 24 hours before adding the meat will intensify the flavor.
Chef Tim Love rubs meat with a bit of sugar to help brown it but finishes the dish over low heat so the sugar doesn't char the outside. Here, he coats pork chops with cocoa and chile powders for a rub that's like a deconstructed version of Mexican mole sauce.