Even the most dedicated grill master needs a night off. For those occasions, rely on one of these quick hits.

By Heath Goldman and Chris Morocco
Updated May 12, 2015
Hot charcoal in a grill
Credit: Rick Lew/Getty Images
Hot charcoal in a grill
Credit: Rick Lew/Getty Images

Smoked Salt

Sprinkling coarse smoked salt (available at supermarkets and specialty stores) on foods just after cooking releases little bursts of char flavor. Try on seared fish just out of the pan.

Smoked Almonds

Chop and combine with oil and hot sauce for a fast condiment. Ideal for topping oven-roasted vegetables.

Smoked Paprika

This spice adds a bacon-like flavor to marinades and rubs. Or use it solo, sprinkling it on meats before roasting.

Roasted Peppers

Charred and peeled, then jarred, these tender peppers pack fire-grilled flavor. Chop and toss into sautéed onions, eggplant, and tomatoes for a fast ratatouille.

Smoked (or Double-smoked!) Bacon

Different from regular bacon, since it’s cured and smoked, it adds a boost to a favorite vinaigrette for a spinach or chopped salad.