How to Grill Asparagus The Broke Dad Way

grilling asparagus over charcoal or gas.
How to grill asparagus using The Broke Dad’s technique over a charcoal or gas grill.

I recently shared my technique for grilling the perfect steak and with perfect steak I have always felt a perfect vegetable to go along with it is asparagus and of course a big juicy baked potato.  My baked potato technique is covered here if you would like to try it.   The focus of today’s post is How to Grill Asparagus The Broke Dad Way.

grilling asparagus
Asparagus ready for the grill.

The first thing that is needed is the asparagus. I will always purchase my asparagus from a local farmer with the roadside stand if I am able to or if you are really blessed harvest it from your own garden. If not or it is to early or late in the season then the local grocery store will suffice. Purchase enough for your dinner and some extra, everyone will want seconds or thirds.  I have found that for a family of four two bundles of asparagus are needed.

Things you will need before you start:

  • Asparagus
  • Tin foil
  • Charcoal or Propane depending on your grilling style.
  • A good grilling tong or spatula.
  • A set of Ove Gloves or clean work gloves.
    • Ove Gloves can be found by typing in ove gloves on Google or Amazon and look for this:

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      Ove Gloves from As Seen On TV fame must have tools for the backyard grill. Click on the Ove Gloves to get your own pair from Amazon.com
    • Large platter or cookie sheet.
    • Butter or Olive Oil
    • Salt and Pepper

Step 1 – Wash the asparagus well.

Step 2 – Snap the ends off of the asparagus.

  • The technique I use is to just grab the asparagus about half way up the stalk, softly bend the asparagus from the bottom (white colored end) until it snaps. The asparagus will snap in the right area on its own and you discard the white colored end, the rest is what you will be grilling.

Step 3 – Prepare the tinfoil.

  • Pull a length of tinfoil long enough to give you enough room to lay out all of the asparagus flat (it does not have to be perfect).
  • Don’t make it to long to fit on your grilling surface however. Sometimes I need to have a couple of pieces of tinfoil to get it all to fit.

    tinfoil ready to be seasoned before being grilled
    Asparagus lined up on tinfoil waiting to be seasoned.

Step 4 – Drizzle the asparagus with olive oil or cut up butter.

Step 5 – Sprinkle asparagus with salt and pepper to your preference.

Season asparagus to your preference
Salt and pepper asparagus to your liking.

Step 6 – Prepare your grill.  If you are using charcoal load up your charcoal chimney.

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Another must have tool for the back yard grill master is the charcoal chimney. Click on the chimney to purchase your own from Amazon.com.

If you are unsure what a charcoal chimney is it looks like this and is probably the best tool for charcoal grilling that was ever invented.  I wrote a whole post covering the magnificent charcoal chimney. You can find that post by clicking this link.

I find that it takes about 30 minutes to get my coals nice and hot, you should wait until the coals at the top of your chimney look mostly white before you dump the coals onto your grill surface.

Be careful when dumping the coals, this is usually the step where I start dancing around on the deck because hot little ash and coals has found its way to my legs, feet, or arms. I grilling mit is highly recommended.

The amount of coals you use and how you spread them out on your grill is up to you and based on how many cobs of corn you are grilling.  As a guideline if I am grilling two to six cobs I use half a chimney worth of coals and I always grill directly over the coals with the grilling surface about 8 inches above the highest coal in the pile.  Once the coals are dumped out and positioned where you want them close the lid and let it heat up.

If grilling with a gas grill you can skip most of the above and just fire your burners up and close your lid and wait for it to get to a good starting temperature, I recommend at least 350 degrees.

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Hickory chips from the Kingsford charcoal company help add that extra smokey flavor to your backyard grill. Click on the bag of wood chips to purchase your own from Amazon.com.

Step 6.5 (Optional based on personal taste) – I like to toss a handful of damp wood chips on the coals at this point as well if you enjoy a nice smokey flavor to your corn. I will throw another handful on right before I put the corn on.

If grilling with a gas grill wrap a handful of damp wood chips in some tinfoil, poke some holes in it and place it on the grill as soon as you fire it up, give it plenty of time to heat up the wood chips and start them smoking before you put the asparagus on.

Asparagus being grilled
Asparagus on the grill.

Step 7 – Once the grill is heated up to at least 350 degrees and had time for the grill surface to heat up retrieve your tinfoil with the asparagus on it.

Be careful when moving the asparagus on the tin foil if you used olive oil, I have spilled olive oil a few times during the moving process, now I put it all on a cookie sheet for easy transport.

Place the tinfoil and asparagus on the grill and shut the lid.

Let cook for around 3 minutes.

Lift lid and use your tongs or spatula to gently turn the asparagus and shut the lid again.

Let cook for approximately 5 minutes.

Life the lid again and prepare to remove to tinfoil and the asparagus.

grilled asparagus done perfectly
Asparagus ready to be moved to the table for dinner.

Step 8 – Get your platter or cookie sheet ready nearby. Pull the asparagus off the grill using your Ove Gloves or work gloves and move them to the table.

Step 9 – Enjoy the most flavorful asparagus you can imagine.

Step 1 to 9 paraphrased:

  • Buy asparagus
  • Prepare asparagus using snapping method.
  • Prepare tinfoil and place asparagus upon it
  • Drizzle with oil or place butter on asparagus
  • Season with salt and pepper
  • Start Grill
  • Grill asparagus 3 minutes
  • Turn asparagus
  • Grill other side for approximately 5 minutes
  • Pull off grill
  • Eat.

Hopefully you will find asparagus done this way as amazing as I do. If you are looking for another main dish to go along with your asparagus try my technique for grilling juicy, crispy chicken by clicking here.

If you have any questions, comments, or ideas you want to share please feel free to contact me and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Thank you,

The Broke Dad

grilling asparagus
How to grill asparagus The Broke Dad Way