It’s the summer season once again – and that means it's time to fire up the barbie and invite your mates over for a great afternoon or evening of fun, food and hospitality. We know that holiday season entertaining can put a real strain on the family budget, so we’ve gathered our best resources to bring you these 10 delicious summer BBQ ideas that won’t break the bank.
1. Chicken kebabs
What could go wrong with this simple and healthy recipe? You’ll only need chicken breast cubes, green capsicum, and canned sliced pineapples to thread onto the skewers. The secret is with the sauce - mix honey, oyster sauce, soy sauce, sweet chilli sauce, and garlic in a bowl. Brush the mixture onto the kebabs and start grilling. Read the full recipe here.
2. Grilled stuffed chilli rellenos (or green bell peppers)
Vegetarian or not, your guests will love this recipe. It’s definitely one of the most delicious recipes for BBQs that we’ve found. The main ingredients are capsicums or poblano chillies stuffed with beans, cheese, and spices before grilling. Wait until the cheese stops bubbling before you devour one.
3. Quick BBQ prawns with garlic and chili
This Australian BBQ dish is always fantastic, summer season or not - and a barbie party is never complete without some prawns on the grill. And this recipe is easy to make, and easy on the pocket too. With lots of garlic and chilli for the dressing sauce, what’s not to love about throwing some prawns on the barbie!
4. Lamb chops with lemony asparagus
Your guests won’t be able to say no to these delicious BBQ'd lamb chops. Marinate with yoghurt, lemon rind, lemon juice, and some herbs and spices before putting them on the barbecue. Keep them on for 5 – 6 minutes each side. Marinate and barbecue the asparagus separately, then transfer the asparagus mixture to a platter with the lambchops before serving.
5. Pork and pineapple skewers
The summer season is when pineapples are the sweetest. So, get them onto the skewers with some pork ribs and shallots, and you’ll have the best barbie on your table in no time. Make sure to baste them with a special mixture while on the barbecue - see how it’s done here.
6. BBQ Aussie squid with salsa verde
Here’s one of the cheapest and easiest BBQ ideas you’ll ever find. Barbecue the squid for around three minutes on each side, taking care not to overcook it or it will end up tough. The secret of this recipe is the salsa verde that you drizzle onto the squid, along with some chilli flakes and sea salt before serving – simple to make and simply delicious to eat.
7. Brazilian beef kebabs
Who says you can’t go international with your BBQ this summer season? With this Brazilian beef kebabs recipe you’ll transport your guests to South America! Don’t be intimidated by its name as it's really easy and budget-friendly. Simply marinate the beef with orange juice, garlic, cumin, paprika and cayenne pepper, and keep it in the fridge for 2 – 4 hours before placing on the grill.
8. Mediterranean mushroom and chorizo skewers
We have more international BBQ ideas on our list, and these Mediterranean mushroom & chorizo skewers will delight your guests without impacting your budget. For a colourful combination, you have three ingredients that are threaded onto the skewers – chorizo, mushrooms, and capsicum. For extra flavour, the mushroom is marinated first with lemon juice, paprika, and sugar. Serve with lemon wedges and salad, and voila! You'll have a yummy barbie recipe that's quick and simple to prepare.
9. Thai-style BBQ chicken
And here’s another one on the list of international BBQ ideas. This time, let’s go Asian and impress your guests with this whole Thai-style BBQ chicken that will look amazing sitting in the centre of the table. The marinade is made from relatively inexpensive ingredients such as fish sauce, soy sauce, brown sugar, lemongrass, coriander, garlic, and salt. Make sure to keep it in the fridge for at least 12 hours to ensure the chicken absorbs all the flavour, then pop onto a covered barbeque to cook for around 75 minutes.
10. The best burger in Oz
Now, back to our very own BBQ ideas, and no barbie will ever be complete without the quintessential burger. This recipe claims to be the best burger in the country, because it’s not only delicious, it’s also simple and easy on the budget. The magic is in the ingredients that make the gourmet patties, so don’t miss anything out! The kids and adults alike will love it.
Enjoy the BBQ party!
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