Brazilian piri piri spatchcocked poussins
This simple chicken recipe is a barbecue must-have. Piri piri is the best marinade for grilled chicken or poussins, and it’s quick and easy to make your own.
Miami-style blackened fish sandwich with smoked paprika mayo
Who said you couldn’t barbecue fish? These fish sandwiches are a quick and healthy way to serve fish on the barbecue. Coat in spices and grill before stuffing into buns and serving with smoky paprika and lime mayo.
BBQ chicken recipes
Our BBQ chicken ideas include show-stopped whole grilled chicken, BBQ chicken wings and many more ideas to entertain your friends and family.
Ras el hanout and honey BBQ chicken thighs
Marinade chicken thighs in warming ras el hanout and sweet honey for a fragrant twist on classic BBQ chicken.
Chilli, yogurt and oregano chicken wings
These juicy wings are spiced with paprika, cumin, cayenne pepper and fresh oregano. Crisp up on the BBQ and serve with a light yogurt sauce to feed a hungry horde.
BBQ buffalo chicken thighs with wedged ranch salad
Check out this epic bbq chicken thigh recipe with punchy buffalo sauce, fresh and crunchy iceberg lettuce and creamy ranch dressing. This easy recipe is perfect for a summertime bbq with friends and ready in under an hour.
BBQ roast chicken
Learn how to cook a perfectly seasoned and juicy chicken on the barbecue and get the most of your roast chicken with all the tricks of the trade from cookery writer Adam Bush.
Cider can chicken
Pack in new flavours and try out more adventurous cuts and techniques on the barbecue this summer. This BBQ chicken recipe is a real show-stopper. Cooking the chicken over a cider can keeps the meat moist while basting in a cider chimichurri.
Mojito grilled chicken
We’ve given grilled chicken a mojito twist in this summery BBQ recipe. Rum and sugar caramelise well when cooked together in a marinade – do keep an eye on this as it cooks and adjust the grill to get a nicely browned skin without too much blackening. You can also barbecue the chicken if you like. Serve this delicious BBQ chicken recipe with rice and a tomato salad.
Our BBQ ideas will keep you going. If you’re entertaining with a BBQ in the garden this summer, try our meaty centrepieces and serve with some inventive BBQ sides (recipes below). From spatchcocked poussin to Dr Pepper ribs and recipes for lamb chops.
Start with our tips on cooking meat on the BBQ:
Start early. Light the coals or get the gas barbecue up to temperature, and tend it. The trick with low and slow barbecuing is to keep the temperature even. Brits tend to throw a whole bag of coal with a pack of firelighters and cook when it’s raging hot. Don’t. Start with a third of a bag, or find the right level on the gas and keep it there. This is an exercise in restraint and patience. Find your inner Zen. Use breathing techniques. Calmly does it.
The meat is also important. Most cuts of brisket in the UK have been trimmed of almost all fat. You need this fat when cooking low and slow. It’ll keep the meat beautifully moist.
Buy a meat thermometer. There are some people who can tell how the inside of a piece of meat is cooking from 1,000 yards away, most can’t. A meat thermometer lets you know exactly how the meat is cooking and when it’s ready.
Crispy lamb breast with malt vinegar sauce
This malt vinegar sauce is a British riff on a Carolina-style barbecue sauce and makes a great acidic partner for the rich lamb.
Cajun picanha with bean salad
Check out this epic beef recipe with punchy cajun spices and a fresh bean salad. Picanha is also known as the top sirloin cap or the rump cap. Popular in the US and Brazil, it’s a pointed cut, so is great for serving a crowd as you’ll get well done to rare from the same piece of beef.
Miso-glazed ribs with Asian slaw
Check out these melt-in-the-mouth baby back ribs with a crunchy, vibrant Asian slaw for your next BBQ.
Beer-braised lamb tacos with charred green tomato salsa
Impress your friends at your next BBQ with these super tender lamb shoulder tacos. Serve with our homemade punchy green tomato salsa and a moreish bean salad. You can use regular red tomatoes for this if you can’t get green.
Vietnamese BBQ caramelised pork loin
Try our glazed Vietnamese BBQ pork dish. This recipe is great for family BBQs; it’s delicately sweet, gluten-free and easily serves 6. Alternatively, this recipe works just as well when roasted.
Take a look at our epic home-smoked brisket BBQ idea – it’s easy to prepare once you know what you’re doing. Follow our expert tips to create the most tender meat centrepiece, it’s all about low and slow…
Ramp up your BBQ ribs and cook with beer this weekend. Fruit beers tend to have sweet and sour profiles. Cherry beer adds tang, fruitiness and maltiness to this sauce – great on pulled pork, bacon sarnies or these slow-cooked, fall-apart ribs.
Korean-style lamb chops with spicy sesame cucumber salad
An easy recipe for a Korean BBQ at home. Lamb chops marinated in a sweet-sour sauce, then grilled and served with spicy cucumber salad and chilli sauce.
Dr Pepper ribs
The caramel and spice flavours of the fizzy Dr Pepper drink add an extra dimension to these BBQ sticky ribs. A great, fun twist to your BBQ.
Easy griddle breads with lamb, dill and yogurt topping
These easy griddle breads with lamb, dill and yogurt topping make a great barbecue supper for the family. The lamb is packed full of delicious Middle Eastern flavours, and the pomegranate seeds provide a juicy crunch.