Tasty Recipes for the BBQ

Su PaverApr 5, '21

There’s nothing quite like firing up the barbecue for family and friends on a sunny day and spending the day in the garden. Yet there’s so much more you can do with this way of cooking than just sausages and burgers.

Explore our brilliant hand-picked BBQ recipes and find inspiration for beautiful sizzling skewers, sticky chicken wings, vegetarian options and those all-important sides. We’ve even included a cheeky cocktail recipe too! 

So, grab your utensils and fire up the barbie with these family friendly recipe ideas.

Easy BBQ Marinade

Add flavour to meats with this fabulous yet quick smokey barbecue marinade. A must have for your repertoire. Who said a great sauce is difficult to make.

Smokey BBQ Marinade RecipeIngredients

  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup golden syrup
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp barbecue sauce

Simply combine all the ingredients and you’ve got a fail-safe barbecue sauce in an instant!

Recipe as seen on taste.com.au


Ginger & Honey Chicken Wings

Simple, sticky, sweet and zingy wings that everyone will love. Easy to make and serves around 6-8.

Top tip: Char them on the BBQ for an extra smokey hit.

Sticky Ginger & Honey Chicken Wings


  • - 24 chicken wings
  • - 5 spring onions
  • - 1 fresh red chilli
  • - 5 tbs runny honey
  • - 2 tbs soy sauce
  • - 2 cm piece of ginger
  • - 5 sprigs of fresh thyme


    1. Finely slice the spring onions and chilli, place into a bowl with the honey and soy sauce.
    2. Peel, and use a grater to grate in the ginger, and pick in the thyme leaves. Add to the bowl and mix well.
    3. Place the chicken wings in a single layer in a wide, shallow dish. Pour or brush over the marinade, cover and place in the fridge to marinate for at least 4 hours (overnight is preferable).
    4. Cook the wings on a hot BBQ for 15 to 20 minutes, or until dark and the juices run clear, turning often.

    Recipe by JamieOliver.com


    Steak with Vibrant Green Sauce

    Meaty steak accompanied by a punchy sauce, what could be better? The leftovers are perfect for a delicious steak sandwich for the lunch the next day. 

    Steak with Green Sauce

    • 800g beef skirt steak or beef rump steak
    • 4cm piece ginger (20g), grated
    • 2 tbsp each soy sauce and extra virgin olive oil
    • 1 red onion, chopped
    • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
    • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
    • 1 cup (130g) each mint leaves, sage leaves and kale leaves


    1. For the green sauce, place all the ingredients (excluding the beef) in a small food processor or use a hand blender, season with salt and pepper and whiz until it forms a paste. Brush 2 tbs over the steak and set the remainder aside.
    2. Add the steak to a hot BBQ and cook for 2-5 minutes on each side until charred and cooked to medium. Set aside for 5 minutes to rest, lightly covered in foil. Cook for less or longer depending on how you like your steak.
    3. Slice steak and serve with remaining green sauce.

    Recipe as seen on delicious.com.au


    Barbecued Corn with Coriander and Chili Butter

    A fantastic option to go with your favourite BBQ meats, fish and salads. It's super simple and only 10 minutes cooking time.

    Corn on the Cob with Chilli and CorianderIngredients:

    • 100g butter, melted
    • 120g coriander finely chopped
    • 10 corn cob
    • 1 chilli finely chopped, small
    • 1 tsp lime zest, finely grated
    • 1/2 cloves garlic crushed
    • Pinch salt and pepper to taste


    1. Pull husks and silk away from corn.
    2. Brush the corn lightly with the melted butter and grill on the barbecue turning occasionally for 10 minutes until slightly charred and soft. Rest for 2-3 minutes before serving.
    3. Combine remaining melted butter with coriander, chilli, lime and garlic, season with salt and pepper.
    4. Generously brush each corn cob with butter and serve immediately.

    Recipe by bestrecipes.com.au


    Butterflied Prawn Skewers

    One for seafood lovers, easy sizzling prawn skewers which are an absolute joy to eat.

    Sizzling Prawn SkewersIngredients:

    • 2 lemons
    • 3 cloves of garlic
    • 1 bunch of fresh flat-leaf parsley , (30g)
    • Olive oil
    • 320g large raw shell-on king prawns
    • Extra virgin olive oil
    • Pancetta


    1. If using wooden skewers, soak them in cold water for 10 minutes, so they don't burn.
    2. Finely grate the zest of 1 lemon into a large bowl, squeeze in its juice. Peel the garlic and pound into a rough paste in a pestle and mortar with a pinch of sea salt and black pepper. Tear in half of the parsley leaves, smash together, then add to the bowl with 1 tablespoon of oil.
    3. Pull the heads off the prawns and peel off the shells, leaving the tails intact. Run the tip of your knife down their backs and pull out the vein to butterfly them. Toss the prawns in the marinade, then cover and pop in the fridge for 30 minutes.
    4. Carefully skewer the prawns, alternating them with the pancetta as you go, Don’t pack it on too tightly.
    5. Cook the skewers on the barbecue for about 3 minutes on each side, or until the bacon is crisp and the prawns are pink.

    Recipe by JamieOliver.com


    Halloumi & Mushroom Burgers

    Super simple and satisfying, this colourful vegetarian burger layers up some wonderful ingredients to get your taste buds tingling. Serves 4.

    Halloumi & Mushroom BurgersIngredients:

    • 450g halloumi, sliced into 1 cm pieces
    • 1 tbsp olive oil
    • 4 Portobello mushrooms
    • 4 seeded burger buns, sliced
    • 182g tub red pepper hummus (or of your choice)
    • 1 little gem lettuce, leaves separated
    • Sweet chilli sauce, to serve


    1. Slice the halloumi and coat in the olive oil. Place on the BBQ and cook for 1-2 mins, turning every 30 secs, until charred lines appear. Take off and keep warm.
    2. Grill the Portobello mushrooms on both sides for 3-4 mins, or until done to your preference.
    3. Slice the buns and grill until toasted. Assemble the burgers by spreading red pepper hummus onto the bottom part of the bun, add lettuce leaves, the mushroom and the halloumi, topping with sweet chilli sauce to taste and finishing with the bun lid.

    Recipe by realfood.tesco.com


    Bacon & Paprika Potato Wedges

    Try these wedges with a cheeky twist! Easy to make, satisfying and great along side a burger!

    Bacon & Paprika Potato WedgesIngredients:

    • 1 1/2 kg baby potatoes
    • 1 tbsp olive oil
    • 1 tbsp paprika
    • 6 bacon rashers, chopped
    • 65g cheddar cheese, grated


    1. Cut potatoes in wedges and place into a large bowl, add olive oil and toss well. Next add paprika and toss until well coated.
    2. Place wedges into a foil barbeque tray. Bake for 40 minutes on the BBQ.
    3. Sprinkle chopped bacon over wedges and cook for another 10 minutes
    4. Sprinkle grated cheese over wedges and cook for a further 10 minutes until cheese has melted

    Recipe by bestrecipes.com.au


    Lime, Chilli and Feta Butter

    Transform BBQ meats and sides with this delicious butter. Zingy, salty and spicy its perfect to melt over corn on the cob, new potatoes or meat of your choice.

    Lime, Chilli & Feta ButterIngredients:

    • 150g butter
    • 100g feta
    • Finely grated zest of 2 limes
    • 1 finely chopped chilli
    • Handful of chopped coriander leaves (optional and to taste)
    • Salt

    Simply mash the butter until soft. Crumble over the feta and add the lime zest, chilli and chopped coriander leaves. Work everything together with a little salt, then chill until needed.

    Top Tip: Roll into a sausage shape in some cling film, chill, then cut into rounds and serve with steak! Delicious!

    Recipe by bbcgoodfood.com


    Blackberry Ginsecco Cocktail

    This easy Blackberry Thyme Sparkler is made with a simple homemade blackberry syrup and garnished with a sugar rim. Your guests will love this elegant cocktail recipe! Top up with Champagne for a boujee twist!

    Blackberry Ginsecco CocktailIngredients:

    • Blackberries
    • Sugar
    • Water
    • Champagne or Prosecco


    1. In a saucepan, bring blackberries, water, and few tablespoons of sugar to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes, until the blackberries are soft and the simple syrup has turned to a bright pink / reddish colour. Remove from heat, drain blackberries, and allow to cool.  

    This step can be done well in advance as the syrup will keep for at least a week in the fridge.

    2. Run a tiny amount of lemon around the rim of your cocktail glasses and dip the glasses in sugar

    3. Add a measure (or two) of your favourite gin, and one measure of the blackberry syrup to each glass. Next drop two blackberries in each glass.

    4. Fill the rest of the glass with prosecco or champagne and top with a sprig of thyme in each glass.

    Recipe as seen on theeffortlesschic.com


    For more delicious, easy and satisfying recipe ideas check out our:

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    5 Easy, Delicious & Healthy Recipes 

    Or if you're looking for inspiration to spruce up your garden in time for BBQ'ing season and dining alfresco, then look no further - have a little read of our decoration ideas and tips to Get Your Garden Ready for Spring blog post! 

    Get Garden Ready For Spring