z grill smoked mussels by dennis the prescott


  • 1/4 Cup butter

  • 4 Clove garlic, minced

  • 1 Cup apple cider

  • 3 Pound Mussels, debearded, washed

  • 1 Bunch Chives, fresh

  • 1 Bunch Tarragon, fresh

  • 1 Bunch Basil, fresh

  • 1 Bunch chopped flat-leaf parsley

  • 1 Clove garlic, chopped

  • 1/2 lemon juice

  • To Taste salt and pepper

  • extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 Whole lemon wedges

  • As Needed Crusty bread




When ready to cook, set the grill temperature to 350°F and preheat, lid closed for 15 minutes.


Heat a cast-iron (or oven-safe) pan over medium heat, and melt the butter. When melted, add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds (keep watch that it doesn’t burn), then pour in the apple cider and bring to a simmer. Add the mussels, cover with a tight fitting lid, and transfer to the Z Grill. Cook for 8 –10 minutes, or until the mussels have opened (discard any mussels that do not open).


While the mussels are cooking, crack on with the salsa verde. Combine the fresh herbs and garlic in a food processor (or high powered blender) and finely chop. Add the lemon juice and season with salt and pepper. With the blender running on low, drizzle in the olive oil in a slow & steady stream until thick and glorious.


Serve up those beautiful wood-fire kissed mussels with the salsa verde, lemon wedges, and crusty bread. Enjoy!