Active Time
30 Mins
Total Time
1 Hour 30 Mins
Serves 6

Take advantage of the summer sun and cook dinner on the grill.

How to Make It

Step 1

Prepare a wood or charcoal grill. (See "Hearth-fired Hack," below.) Heat oil in a large cast-iron skillet on grill over direct heat until oil is just starting to shimmer, about 2 minutes. Add pasta to skillet, and cook, stirring constantly, until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes. (If it starts to burn, just move your pan to the indirect side. Also, a few burnt tips of pasta are not unwelcome here.) Add stock, puree, vinegar, oregano, orange zest, salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper to skillet. Bring to a boil over direct heat, and cook 1 minute; add clams. Open vent holes on grill lid, and close grill lid. Grill 3 minutes.

Step 2

Arrange lobster tails, shell side down, in a single layer in skillet with clams. Close lid, and grill 3 minutes. Add squid; close lid, and grill until squid and lobster are just opaque, clams are open, and liquid is completely absorbed, about 2 minutes. Discard any unopened clams. (The pasta will be cooked and starting to dry on the bottom of the skillet.) Top with parsley, and serve with lemon wedges.

Chef's Notes


With any charcoal grill, you can achieve the same smoky results preferred by chefs such as Charleston's Sean Brock. Just follow these steps.

1. Choose your wood. Heavier hardwoods (oak, hickory) work better for spicy dishes and rich meats (beef or pork). For this menu, you'll want something lighter (fruit, nut, alder).

2. Use a 50/50 ratio when combining the charcoal and hardwood.

3. Light wood and charcoal in a chimney starter, and cluster toward one side of the grill.

4. Maintain an internal temp­erature between 500° and 550° by adjusting the grill vents.

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