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6 BBQ ideas for meat lovers with just a hint of veg

We have combined some new BBQ ideas with some old classics, to inspire you to discover that there is more to your BBQ than just burning some sausages

We’ve chosen six of our favorite BBQ ideas that are a mix of some classic recipes, but we have added some original twists that will suit both the vegetarians and meat lovers in your family. The whole idea is just to try something a little different.

We know that everybody loves a good BBQ, especially when summer rolls around and we hope that our BBQ ideas will provide you with some tasty alternatives. Help inspire you to try something different to the slightly charred sausages that we know you’ve had more than enough of down the years

#1 An American classic

Barbecue pork ribs, tender, rich and soaked in a sticky sauce have been a staple of American barbecues for generations. You can find them on every grill in America and barbecue season rolls around.

We make a rub from salt, pepper, chili flakes, garlic powder, paprika, and brown sugar. The first thing you need to do is skin your ribs and then rub them with the mix, let them sit in the fridge for 24 hours.

To cook these ribs, you’re going to have to heat your grill beforehand, unlike most of the recipes we’ve included these will take a little of time to cook. Best results: cook them slowly on a low heat and a gas barbecue for anything up to 4 to 5 hours.

Everyone’s taste BBQ sauce varies but essentially it’s a mix of a spicy sauce, soy sauce, apple cider vinegar, and butter.

#2 Greek style chicken skewers

One of the most common mistakes people make is trying to prepare whole chicken breasts on their BBQs. There’s a reason that skewers are so popular, they make preparing chicken much easier.

These are one of the best ways to ensure that the meat is thoroughly cooked , and they also add an interesting taste and hint of the exotic.

For these Greek style chicken skewers you prepare them in advance by creating a marinade made of turmeric, paprika, human garlic, and Greek yogurt. Cut up your chicken cubes and soak them in this marinade and leave in the fridge overnight. PLace the pieces on the skewer and then barbecue them for 10 to 15 minutes until they turn golden brown.

My family likes to eat them on some toasted pita breads packed with plenty of salad to add to it they already exotic taste

#3 Try a new twist on your old beef burger recipe

Beef burgers have been a staple barbecue food around the world for years. Too many people like the convenience of buying pre-made burgers, but one of our best BBQ ideas is that you make your own. Not only will they taste better, be juicier, but they will eventually end up being cheaper, never mind the fact that they’re definitely better for you.

Our recipe requires spring onions, eggs and 500 g of minced meat. We also add some salt and pepper, garlic powder and paprika. Mix this all together using your hands to make the burgers any size you want. The trick here is to make them slightly thinner, so they will cook through much faster and not turn blacken on the outside. I’ve also learned from experience placing them in the fridge beforehand for an hour to set is a good idea.

From a cooking perspective burgers shouldn’t really be placed directly over the heat, place them around the edge of the barbecue and allow them anything from 15 to 30 minutes to cook completely

#4 Vegetables are good for you

Too many barbecues turn into meat fests. Occasionally you may have to cater for the vegetarians in your family, but in all honesty it’s important that some vegetables to the equation. These vegetable kebabs are so easy to prepare, and they’re a simple but effective way to add some healthy roughage to your barbecue fun. I like to make mushroom, tomato, red onion, and pepper kebabs.

The only thing you have to do is chop your vegetables into what you would consider bite-sized chunks. Some people like to add some halloumi just for a bit of variety and place them onto your skewer.

 Most people alternate the vegetables as they put them on the skewer and season with a little of salt and pepper, and a brush of olive oil. They should only take about 10 minutes to cook on the barbecue and turn them every few minutes until the vegetables are entirely cooked and soft.

#5 Salmon tastes great from the BBQ

Take a break from all the meat and offer people slightly lighter alternative. Salmon has become a very popular BBQ idea among more seasoned operator. They serve it with couscous, new potatoes, and salad just to lighten the meat load.

Season the salmon beforehand with a bit of lemon juice, salt and pepper and brush with some olive oil which would prevent it sticking to the barbecue.

Barbecuing the salmon skin down will ensure that the meat doesn’t get burnt and you get the best results, it’s also a good idea to have a fish slice handy which makes taking the cooked salmon from the barbecue much easier. Cooked salmon is a different shade of pink to roll salmon so the way to see if it’s cooked thoroughly is to check the color if you think it’s ready you just remove it and serve immediately.

#6. You can’t have a BBQ without some steak.

Barbecued steak is the meat lover’s dream, but choosing the correct rub will totally transform your BBQ’d steak eating experience

Down to the years we’ve tried many rubs but now we’ve settled on a combination of olive oil, salt and pepper, garlic powder and paprika. This we will rub into the meat 24 hours beforehand and allow it to marinate in the fridge overnight.

We will cook always steaks to everyone’s preference, but it takes 8 to 10 minutes to cook a well-done steak, 5 to 7 minutes to cook a medium and 3 to 5 minutes to cook a rare steak

We hope that you and your family enjoy these new barbecue ideas. As you can see the key to a successful BBQ is preparation.

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