Hundreds of thousands of years ago, man stumbled across the invention of fire. Since that time, it's been used to warm homes and shed light. It's also been used to cook burgers, ribs and chicken. Although, the grill made its debut on the scene quite a few years after fire did. In the first half of the 20th century, grilling was done primarily over a campfire [source: Food Network]. That all changed after World War II. Soldiers returning from the war were given grants to build themselves a home. And because cars were much more common, many of the soldiers found land outside of major cities [source: University of Colorado, Boulder]. Thus, the suburb was born. And that paved the way for the backyard barbecue.
These days, there are dozens of different types of grills, and almost as many manufacturers. From the traditional charcoal grill to the popular gas grill, there's one in the majority of backyards around the United States. And Americans are using them more than ever. The National Barbecue Association estimates that grilling is up in 31 percent of households over the last year [source: NBBQ]. No matter what type of grill you use, there are thousands of recipes out there to make your mouth water. It can be a little intimidating, but HowStuffWorks is here to help. We've compiled a list of 10 of the most delicious and delectable recipes to get you started. First up, yummy grilled veggies.