A veteran of the branding and signage industry, Mike Loftus serves as the president of MLE in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. Recreationally, Mike Loftus enjoys channeling the same creativity he uses at MLE into cooking. A self-proclaimed grill master, he especially enjoys combining unique flavors that pleasantly surprise guests.
Sweet and tangy is a classic flavor combination, but it can be achieved with unique ingredients, such as grilled pineapple and sharp cheddar. Topping a burger with this combination puts an unexpected twist on a classic. For a quick side dish, individuals can flash grill watermelon with some hot sauce, such as Sriracha. While it sounds strange, the heat and smoke work well with the mild watermelon flavor.
Another excellent but nontraditional flavor combination is shrimp and plums. Slice the plums and put them on skewers with the shrimp, add a sauce and throw them on the grill. For meat lovers, steak pairs very well with grilled peaches, particularly when using a teriyaki sauce. Grilled peaches or mangoes also complement barbecued chicken nicely.