Best ever: barbecue ideas

  • Best-ever barbecue!

    Everything you need for a super summer is crammed into our amazing best-of barbecue blog. Happy grilling!

  • Buttermilk jalapeno and coriander char-grilled steaks

    If you love juicy, succulent steak - buttermilk is your friend. This steak is marinated in buttermilk, lime, garlic, coriander and of course jalapenos!

  • Salmon skewers with crab and chilli lime butter

    Take your perfectly barbecued salmon skewers to new heights this summer with a generous drizzle of chilli lime butter.

  • Texan-style ribs with smoky barbecue sauce and grilled corn with lime and chilli butter

    I don't know anyone who doesn't love sticky barbecued ribs! These are cooked with smoky paprika and a delicious homemade barbecue sauce.

  • Char-grilled thai lamb cutlets with green bean salad

    Not only are these char-grilled lamb cutlets melt-in-your-mouth delicious, they're also super quick and easy to make – just 20 minutes and you're done!

  • Grilled rosemary and chilli pork skewers

    Gently infused with the flavour of rosemary, these show-stopping pork skewers are perfect if you're entertaining.

  • Char-grilled and chilli octopus noodle salad

    Barbecues don't stop at steak! Give this fresh and simple Mediterranean seafood dish pride of place on your table this summer.

  • Chorizo and prawn skewers with piri piri sauce

    Add a touch of spice to your barbecued prawns this weekend with chorizo slices and a smoky piri piri sauce.

  • Green peppercorn t-bone steaks with smoky barbecue relish

    This tender, green peppercorn t-bone steak, generously drizzled with homemade smoky barbecue relish is summer grill perfection!

  • Lime and tequila chicken with smoky chilli sauce

    Spice up your chicken with a fresh twist on a classic. Brined in zesty lime and tequila, with an irresistible smoky chilli sauce and peppy jalapenos, this is chicken at its best.

Click the images to see recipes and click below for Donna’s top tips for barbecue perfection! 


1. Treat your barbecue like it’s one of your best frying pans. Heat it up gently and pour yourself a drink while it warms. That should help you to cook without everything sticking!

2. Ever had trouble with the barbecue flaming up and burning the meat before it cooks through? Instead of oiling the barbecue, use oil sparingly and just brush the meat with oil. This will help sear the meat nicely and stop the barbecue from producing too much flame.

3. Marinades are one of the secrets to a wonderfully tasty barbecue. To get the most flavour, get ahead and marinate meat and seafood the day before - as well as saving time on the day, this will help tenderise the meat.

4. Don’t turn meat over until it’s well-sealed on the first side. To check this, lift the corner of the meat with tongs – if it comes away easily, it’s ready to turn.

5. I love cooking vegetables on the barbecue – there’s nothing better than that lovely smokiness and charring. Cut them into larger pieces so they don’t fall apart.

6. If you’re making kebabs using bamboo skewers, soak the skewers in water for half an hour prior to use. This will stop them from burning during cooking.

7. Barbecued corn is so delicious and easy – it’s always on the menu at my place. I like to pull the husk back off the corn and tie it together, because besides looking beautiful, it’s handy! Run boiling water over the husk to stop it burning, and use the husk to turn the corn as it cooks.




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