The best BBQ recipes

General | 5 months ago

If you love dining al fresco, you’ll be pleased to hear that May is officially BBQ month. With yet another long Bank Holiday weekend coming up – and the last one until August – we bring you some of the best BBQ recipes.

If you love dining al fresco, you’ll be pleased to hear that May is officially BBQ month. With yet another long Bank Holiday weekend coming up – and the last one until August – we bring you some of the best BBQ recipes. Everything from meaty marinades to shockingly good side-dishes, you’ll have everything you need to impress your friends and family this summer.

The main event

‘Best ever’ beef marinade
As the name suggests, it doesn’t get any better than this. Simply whisk the ingredients together, et voila! For best results, allow the meat to marinate overnight.

Ingredients:
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- ¾ cup soy sauce
- ½ cup lemon juice
- ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
- ¼ cup Dijon mustard
- 1 garlic clove
- Salt and pepper to taste

See the full details here.

Quick and easy chicken
Looking for something easy that you can throw together using ingredients you probably already have in your cupboard? Look no further…

Ingredients:
- ½ cup olive oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- ½ teaspoon cumin
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 2 garlic cloves
- 2 tablespoon chopped onion
- ½ cup parsley
- 1 ½ cups beer

Method:
Mix salt, pepper, paprika, cumin, cayenne pepper and olive oil together. Add the garlic, onion and parsley then mix well. Slowly add beer. Once all combined, pour over chicken and allow to marinate for at least an hour.

See the full details here.

Perfect pork chops
Rather than the classic sticky BBQ, try something different with your pork this year. It works for steaks, chops or even sausages – simply mix everything together, coat your pork and give it a good grilling.

Ingredients:
- 100ml soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 4 garlic cloves
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- Pepper to taste

See the full details here.

Herby fish marinade
For fish, it doesn’t get much better than Jamie Oliver’s creamy coating (not as unhealthy as it sounds).

Ingredients:
- 2 thumb-sized pieces of thinly sliced ginger
- Juice and zest of 1 lemon
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- 2 garlic cloves
- 2 dried chillies
- Handful of mint
- 4 tablespoons natural yogurt

Method:
Blitz everything except the yogurt in a food processor until well combined, then stir in the yogurt.

See the full details here.

Something on the side

Homemade hummus
Everyone loves hummus, and it makes the perfect BBQ snack served with pitta bread pieces and carrot sticks. Here’s how to make your own – it couldn’t be easier.

Ingredients:
- 2 400g cans of chickpeas
- ¼ cup lemon juice
- ¼ cup tahini
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 2 garlic cloves
- ½ cup olive oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Paprika to garnish

Pulse drained chickpeas, lemon juice, tahini, cumin and garlic in a food processor until smooth. Slowly add oil and salt. Keep mixing until smooth. Add some of the liquid from the chickpeas into the mixture if too thick. Sprinkle paprika and drizzle oil on top to serve.

Find the full details here.

Coleslaw with a twist
Coleslaw is a classic BBQ side-dish, but make yours more interesting with this recipe with a difference. Mix all ingredients together and add dressing to taste.

Ingredients:
- ¼ cabbage
- 1 chopped red onion
- 1 diced bell pepper
- 2 chopped celery sticks
- 2 grated carrots
- 1 garlic clove
- 1 cup grated cheese
- 6 chopped hard-boiled eggs
- Dressing to taste

See the full details here.

And for dessert…

You’d be surprised how many of your favourite desserts can be grilled with a small recipe modification (and tin foil).

Banana boats
Slit your banana down the middle, add in whatever sweet treats take your fancy (we suggest chocolate chips and marshmallows), wrap in tin foil and BBQ. Check every few minutes until everything is suitably gooey and bad-for-you looking. Then enjoy!

S’mores
Sandwich a marshmallow between 2 chocolate digestives, wrap in foil and place on the BBQ for just a few minutes and there you have it – the American campfire classic.

Homemade cookies
Make your cookie dough as normal, but instead of putting them in the oven, wrap them in (you guessed it!) tin foil and ‘bake’ on the BBQ for approximately 20 minutes. Freshly baked cookies, straight from the grill!

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