Balsamic Beets on the BBQ

Candy Cane beets with a simple salad of mixed greens

Candy Cane beets roasted in a foil bag on the BBQ.

If you are part of a CSA then you know that you get beets in your CSA box in the height of the summer. Since I don’t want to turn on my oven during a heat wave in July I decided to throw the beets on the barbeque.

The beets are so delicious that the first few times we had them we ate probably a cup each. The next day I had pretty much forgotten that we had eaten so many beets the night before and was just about to call the doctor thinking I had some type kidney issue. My pee was an alarming shade of pink but when the cobwebs cleared in my head I remembered what I’d had for dinner the night before. Whatever vitamins are in beets, I’m pretty sure I got my fill that day.

I cook my vegetables on the bbq all summer usually in one of two ways: on a foil tray with holes in in or in an aluminum bag that I make with regular old aluminum foil. I love cooking potatoes this way too. I know you can get foil bags pre-made at the grocery store but they probably a dollar each which is ridiculous.

If you want more instruction on how to make the foil bags, then leave a comment re: your question and I will answer it right away. If there are a lot of questions then I will do a whole post devoted to how to make foil bags for the bbq. Maybe even with a video. At the very least, a photo series.

Balsamic Beets on the BBQ

Beets roasted on the barbeque in a foil bag seasoned with balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper.

20 minPrep Time

1 hrCook Time

1 hr, 20 Total Time

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  • 2 cups beets, peeled and cut into large bite size pieces
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp Balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp Maldon salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper


    To Make A Foil Bag
  1. Take a very large piece of foil, about 4 feet long. Fold it in half and then in half again to get a1 foot long piece.
  2. Start folding one of the sides closest to the closed fold with very small 1/4" folds. Press each fold firmly. Fold it 3 times and then do the other side.
  3. The vegetables go in between those the unconnected parts and the folded over part so that the vegetables have two layers of foil on each side of the bag. When you put the vegetables in the bag, do the same 1/4" fold for the top to close the bag.
  4. Beets
  5. Turn the barbeque on to a medium heat.
  6. Toss the peeled beets with the olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper. Pour it all into the foil bag and seal by folding as described.
  7. Turn the barbeque down to medium low heat and place the sealed bag of beets on indirect heat on the grill with the lid closed for 45 min.
  8. Open the bag slightly and check if the beets are fork tender. If it is turn the heat up to medium and place the bag of beets on the direct heat for 10 or 15 minutes with the lid open to caramelize parts of the beets.
  9. Serve as a side dish or let them cool and slice and serve in a salad.
Cuisine: Barbeque | Recipe Type: Side Dish


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    • says

      I have written the instructions to make the foil bag in the recipe but if you have a specific question about those (if something isn't clear) then please let me know. I will be happy to clarify.

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