Simple Grilled Asparagus

Whether charcoal or gas, your barbecue grill will add delightfully smoky flavor to this seasonal favorite!

1 pound asparagus spears
Olive oil
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

1. Preheat your grill for high, direct heat.

2. Prepare the asparagus by breaking or cutting off any tough bottom ends (can save for stock, or discard). Place the asparagus in a pan (to contain the spears while you put them on and take them off the grill). Coat them with olive oil and sprinkle salt over them.

3. Grill the asparagus spears for 5-10 minutes, until nicely charred and just fork tender, turning them every few minutes so that they brown relatively evenly. Remove from grill and serve.

Variations: You can also top grilled spears with freshly-squeezed lemon juice, grated Parmesan cheese, or for some heat, a smattering of ground chili flakes and sautéed garlic.

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