Summer is around the corner, and that means it’s almost BBQ season! You don’t need to be a pitmaster to cook up some delicious barbecue food; all you need is a recipe and the right barbecue!
5 delicious barbecue recipes you to try
We have rounded up 5 delicious barbecue recipes that you can serve your BBQ guests and leave them wanting more!
#1 Grilled vegetable Kabobs with Halloumi
Grilling veggies on the barbecue is easy. You can create the perfect vegetable medley by threading your favourite vegetables through a skewer along with halloumi. You can grill up a selection of different vegetables and invite your guests to choose their own for their skewers.
To make grilled vegetable kabobs preheat the barbecue, and in a small bowl mix olive oil, lemon juice, basil, oregano and salt and pepper. Brush your mixture across the chopped halloumi and the veggies of your choice (capsicum, mushroom, eggplant, onion). Thread the vegetables and halloumi chunks onto the skewers and place the skewered vegetables onto the grill. Rotate for approximately 10 minutes until evenly cooked.
For a Mediterranean-inspired dish, you can lightly grill some flatbread and make vegetable wraps.
#2 BBQ Prawns with Salsa Verde
BBQ prawns with green olive salsa verde is the perfect addition to any BBQ, and it’s super easy to prepare.
Start by preheating the barbecue to a high heat, and while you’re waiting you can get to work on the salsa verde. Toss parsley, mint, green olives, anchovies, almonds, capers and garlic in a big bowl, and season with lemon, oil and salt and pepper.
Drizzle the mixture over the prawns and place them onto the grill for around 2 minutes – turning over until they become lightly charred.
Drizzle the mixture over chopped halloumi and onions before adding them to the grill to cook.
Once cooked serve them on a bed of salad and drizzle with salsa verde to serve.
#3 Sweet potato, capsicum and feta
Barbecued sweet potato, capsicum and feta is the perfect sweet summer dish. Here’s how to prepare it.
Preheat the barbecue. To cook the sweet potato, wash it, prick it with a knife, drizzle oil and salt onto it and wrap it in aluminium foil. Place the potato on direct heat for at least 30 minutes, turning until it has cooked through.
Meanwhile, cut up strips of capsicum and rub them with oil. Grill them for 3 – 4 minutes until they are lightly charred. Once the potato is cooked, add butter to their centre and squeeze lemon juice over the top. Arrange the capsicum strips with the potato and sprinkle feta over the top and voila! (Alternatively, you can use grilled halloumi in the place of feta.)
#4 Aussie burgers
Celebrate classic Australian flavours by cooking up your very own Aussie burgers.
The ingredients you will need are beef patties, cheese, bacon, pineapple, beetroot, tomato and lettuce. Cook the beef patties on high heat on the barbecue until the edges start to char – about 4 minutes on each side will do.
While the burgers are cooking, barbecue the pineapple and bacon. Once cooked, place the bacon on top of the burger patties as well as the cheese. Place the burgers back on the grill until the cheese melts, and then stack the burger with the pineapple, beetroot, tomato and lettuce.
Bookend your burger stack with your burger bun and they’re ready to eat – the Australian way!
#5 Parmesan corn on the cob
You can’t have a barbecue without corn on the cob – it’s an essential element!
Instead of making the same-old corn on the cob, add a little flare to get your BBQ guests excited. To make Parmesan corn on the cob, brush the corb with a thin layer of mayonnaise, and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, chilli powder, salt and pepper.
Wrap the corn in aluminium foil and place on the grill for around 10 minutes – rotating occasionally until the kernels begin to blacken. Serve with butter and you have a mouth-watering side dish!
Try out these delicious dishes at your next BBQ, and impress your guests!
Russ Whittaker is a Director of Joe’s BBQs & has been in the BBQ industry for over 30 years; He is also a keen surfer on Sydney’s northern beaches.