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We’ve got meaty medleys, chicken gyros and hearty veggie barbecued sweet potato jackets to satisfy hungry kids and adults alike. Before you start, make sure your party goes without a hitch with our guide to barbecuing safely. When it comes to recipes, whether you like something spicy or want a cooler option for the kids, you can find it here.
1. Easiest ever pulled pork
This is the simplest recipe for succulent pulled pork you will ever use. Make a big batch of this subtly smoky, sweet pork and pack into burger buns. This recipe doesn’t use any tricky measurements or fancy kitchen kit, so get stuck in! Try serving with our simple herbed potato salad.
2. Lemon & yogurt chicken flatbreads
Flatbreads make an easy, satisfying family barbecue meal and kids will love assembling their own. Coat the chicken in a mouthwatering marinade of oregano, lemon, garlic and cinnamon for an hour before cooking. Serve with a cooling dollop of yogurt and fresh Greek salad for a taste of the Med.
3. Sweet potatoes with red pepper & halloumi
Cook sweet potatoes in foil on the barbecue and fill them with red pepper and halloumi parcels for an easy veggie feast. Sweet charred red pepper and salty halloumi make a winning combination and will quickly become a family favourite filling for jacket potatoes.
4. Swedish meatball burgers
Kids will love these Swedish meatball burgers, made from beef or pork mince and just a few simple seasonings. They’re quick and easy to make too, so you can get the whole family involved in shaping the patties. Serve with a batch of freshly baked soft burger buns for a special homemade treat.
5. Pineapple & pork skewers
Pair juicy pineapple with sticky pork cubes, crispy onions and peppers on skewers and cook them over the barbecue for a delicious chargrilled taste. You’ll need eight small or four large skewers for these. Metal skewers with twists along the length are ideal, as they stop the ingredients sliding about. If you’re using wooden skewers, soak them first.
6. BBQ chorizo potato salad
Spice up a homemade potato salad with a few punchy slices of barbecued chorizo. The strong, smoky flavour of paprika from the sausage is balanced perfectly by the cool, creamy salad dressing.
7. Soy & butter salmon parcels
Incorporate Asian flavours into an aromatic barbecued salmon dish for a light and refreshing main. Wrapping the fish in foil along with butter, honey and soy allows the flavours to marinate beautifully.
8. Pick & mix pesto pasta salad bar
Fussy eaters can create their own dish with a pick & mix pesto pasta salad bar. Simply offer up a bowl of fresh pasta tossed with pesto and serve alongside a selection of veggies and toppings. You can then mix up the rest of the ingredients later for the not-so-fussy guests.
9. Chicken gyros
Everyone loves a wrap stuffed to bursting with all their favourite sides and trimmings. These chicken gyro skewers make a great base to a customisable meal. The marinated chicken in this Greek-style dish delivers plenty of flavour and is deliciously tender. Try serving with our grilled & filled flatbreads.
10. Crispy sweet potatoes with chickpeas & tahini yogurt
Every barbecue needs a hearty veggie main, and these barbecued jackets will make even meat eaters jealous. The creamy tahini-and-chickpea filling with crunchy pomegranate seeds is the perfect complement to the sweet potato. Pair it with our herby couscous with citrus & pomegranate dressing.
11. Texas barbecue medley
Once you’ve tried slow cooking your barbecue dishes, you’ll never go back. This Texas barbecue medley has it all, including chicken, ribs, pork shoulder and an addictive brine-and-rub mix to add serious flavour. Serve with our cheesy corn on the cob for a whole lot of Southern comfort. Our cheesy tear-and-share garlic rolls also make a crowd-pleasing side.
12. Barbecued Greek lamb with tzatziki
Try this barbecued Greek lamb with tzatziki for a spectacular summer party centrepiece. We show you how to butterfly the leg of lamb with a step-by-step video, then you’re ready to smother with garlic, herbs and lemon for a quick and flavoursome marinade.
13. Beef & red pepper burgers
Pack the veg into your standard barbecue fare with these beef & red pepper burgers. Carrot and roasted red pepper add flavour and extra nutritonal benefits to these kid-friendly treats. If you want something with a little crunch, pair with our bread & butter pickles.
14. Traffic light chicken shish kebabs
A healthy, low-fat option packed full of colourful veggies and succulent barbecued chicken. We’ve toned down the spices to make these traffic light chicken shish kebabs kid-friendly, but they’d pair beautifully with a spicy chilli sauce on the side.
15. Barbecued banoffee splits
Finish on a sweet note with our barbecued banoffee splits, perfect with a dollop of vanilla ice cream and a handful of chopped pecans. This quick and easy dessert is a delicious way to use up ripe bananas.
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