There is something about barbecued food that has always appealed to me. The eating outdoors aspect as well as the smokey taste enhances meals and even the simplest of food can be transformed by the charcoal. Peppers rubbed with a little oil and spice blackened and full of flavour and do not even get me started on S’mores.
Homebase have recently conducted a survey into the BBQ habits of the British public and created an infographic to show the results, you can check it out here. They have also joined up with celebrity chef Aldo Zilli to create a gorgeous BBQ recipe and to talk about his BBQ tips. I particularly like this tip:
Par-boil your sausages for 5 minutes before you place them on the BBQ – you can’t go wrong as this will ensure they are cooked thoroughly when it comes to the eating. When they’re on the grill, they’ll get that lovely caramelised, char-grilled outside whilst being perfectly cooked on the inside.
A recent addition to my garden is this half drum BBQ, you can find similar BBQ’s here.
It is so much more than a standard BBQ letting you cook using direct and indirect heat, with the lid up or lid down. It also has loads of space for all of your meat and veggies. I recently used mine to cook sweet potatoes, it really takes them up a notch – I got this tip from DJ BBQ – the king of all thing cooked low and slow BBQ style. It is the perfect vessel to cook large joints of meat over a low heat and the flavour it gives them is just out of this world. You can see some similar versions here.I thought I would share some of my ideas for easy BBQ food:
- Create a compound butter by adding the zest of 1 lime and a teaspoon of dried chill flakes to 250g of butter and whip until smooth. Roll into a sausage shape and wrap in clingfilm. Refrigerate until set. This can be used for all kinds of things on the BBQ but my favourite is to grill corn on the cob until browned and rub the butter all over. Zesty with a chilli kick.
- S’mores – originally an American treat, we seem to have adopted it here in the UK and I love the digestive, marshmallow and chocolate combination, make it even easier by using chocolate digestives. You can even make BBQ’d banana boat s’mores, check out this recipe from my friend Claire of the Foodie Quine blog.
- Rub slices of Halloumi in chilli oil and grill until golden, I adore this squeaky cheese and the addition of chilli makes it a little more interesting
- Add chunks of courgette, peppers and chicken to skewers and cook over the charcoal. Minimum effort but so tasty, you can also make a dessert version by layering marshmallows and strawberries – add a small tub of melted chocolate to dip in and you will be in food heaven.
- Jacket potatoes and sweet potatoes both take well to the BBQ creating a crispy skin with a soft and fluffy interior.
- Side dishes can make a BBQ really special. I recently made a maple and mustard potato salad – I will share the recipe on the blog soon. Other sides which always make my garden table include homemade slaw, flavoured mayos and a large green salad.
- It’s summertime and you are in the garden so it would be wrong to not have a cocktail..right? I normally opt for a Mojito but lately I have been enjoying this Rum Punch and this Gin, Elderflower and Lime cocktail.
Here are a few BBQ recipes from my fellow food bloggers:
BBQ Thai Chicken Thighs from Fab Food 4 All
BBQ Koftas from Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary
BBQ Sauce from Natural Kitchen Adventures
Summer Country Burger from The Petite Cook
Sticky Pulled Chicken from Eats Amazing
Maple Tofu Skewers from Tin & Thyme
What do you love about BBQ season?
- This post was commissioned by Homebase and I have been compensated for my time.
Loving the look of this BBQ and must try putting sweet potatoes on the barbi! Thanks for including my recipe;-)
Molly Kumar says
I love doing BBQ at home, its such a relaxed fun way to spend time with the whole family. The BBQ Kofta recipe sounds so delicious.
jacquee | i sugar coat it! says
BBQ-ing is up there with the top reasons I love summer! We grill everything from fruit to meat. Great list of ideas – I especially love grilled sweet potatoes. YUM!
Anne Murphy says
What a great roundup, with different ideas and recipes!
I love skewers, and cooking cheese. So many people I know seem to limit themselves to burgers, and there are so many more possibilities!
Claire | Sprinkles and Sprouts says
When we moved from the UK to Australia one of the things I loved most was our outdoor kitchen and the fact we could BBQ year round. Admittedly sometimes in winter I am out on the veranda when it is raining, but barbies and outdoor kitchens are so common here, they are always undercover!
We also have free gas BBQ grills at the local parks and beaches. I love that!!!
The tip for poaching the sausages first is a great idea, as when you get off the beach the kids are hungry. They don’t want to wait! Good to know everything is cooked!!!
Tina Jui | The Worktop says
Yes! I love a good bbq! I find it so hard to do though, since we live in a London flat and always have to go to a friend’s place for one. You’re making me jealous of your new bbq!
Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy says
I have still never had s’mores and I meant to try them this summer on the BBQ, but so far we have only managed to have one BBQ 🙁
It is not over yet xx
Sisley White says
I love the summer and this year I’ve finally got he BBQ out! Thanks for all the ideas. Time to get cooking.
Helen @ Fuss Free Flavours says
I do love a good BBQ. It does taste better on charcoal, but gas is so so much easier!
My favourite thing to cook is pizza, bake on the cheapest terracotta tile you can buy.
Ceri Jones says
I love a compound butter, perfect for on a BBQ cooked steak or salmon fillet, mmm, now only if I had a garden!