When the sun’s out, there aren’t many better ways to enjoy a meal than setting up outside for a barbecue! The charred smoky flavour that barbecuing lends to meat arguably makes it the perfect cooking method, whilst there’s also plenty of room for vibrant marinades and tasty accompaniments.
From beautifully chargrilled beef to rich sticky barbecue sauce and some delectable spare ribs, we’ve put together some mouth-watering suggestions to ensure your barbecue is truly sizzling.
Beef fillet: If you’re hosting a large group, a beef fillet is a brilliant way to impress – both in flavour and in the theatre of entertaining your guests. For a deliciously tender fillet, rub with olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic, top with some thyme, and cook for 5 minutes on each side. Then test the meat with a thermometer for accuracy – for medium rare you want to aim for 52-55°C.
Sticky BBQ spare ribs: Spare ribs are a barbecue classic and one that can be quite difficult to perfect. Tender meat which falls off the bone is the name of the game here and you can ensure this by liberally coating the meat in a delicious marinade before they hit the barbecue for some slow and gentle cooking. See the BBQ sauce recipe below for a perfectly sticky and sweet marinade!
Cajun chicken skewers: Chicken skewers are a mainstay of the summer barbecue and you can liven up your tender meat by liberally coating it in a Cajun-style spice mixture consisting of cayenne pepper, paprika, oregano, thyme and garlic powder.
Show stopping beef burgers: When it comes to the best burgers, you should you should settle on some minced chuck steak for a truly satisfying mouthful. As they cook try brushing them with mustard and chipotle to give them a flavoursome kick of warmth, then it’s down to your bread choice and extras to complete this classic union. Lettuce, red onion and tomato all provide fresh crunch, whilst cheese, bacon and gherkins will introduce more enticing flavours! In terms of bread, brioche buns are a great alternative to the traditional sesame seed bun.
Grilled vegetables and feta couscous: With an abundance of meat undoubtedly on offer, it’s usually best to go easy on the carbs. Try grilling up some Mediterranean-style veggies and tossing them with some crumbled feta and couscous for a light fresh side dish.
The ultimate BBQ sauce: If you fancy creating a special homemade sauce, try combining sugar, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, tabasco, English mustard, bourbon, balsamic vinegar and apple juice before cooking off for a few minutes until it’s reduced to a smooth sticky glaze.