Food & Drink

Cheap grills: Economical and tasty recipes for summer

Rising food prices have you in a bind for your summer bash? You might have been able to afford to grill rib eyes for 12 last year, but this year it may be a different matter.

No need to feel embarrassed: There are plenty of ways to get frugality into your grilling without making your guests feel like you've put them on an austerity diet. Many economical cuts of meat are actually better served by grilling than their more expensive counterparts.

Chicken thighs, for example, remain juicier over the flame than do chicken breasts (especially the pricier boneless, skinless breasts), and the fuller-flavored thighs can stand up to assertive rubs and seasonings.

When it comes to beef, flank steak or skirt steak both have more flavor than filet mignon or some of the other luxury cuts. The cheaper cuts of beef are naturals for marinating, too.

These easy Asian-influenced recipes from the new cookbook “The Sunset Grill: 125 Tasty Recipes for Casual Get-Togethers and Easy Weeknight Cookouts” by the editors of Sunset magazine (Sunset Books, $21.95) can ease your budget without shortchanging your guests.