Barbecue recipes to enjoy in the company of good friends and family, including king prawns with a Thai dipping sauce, smoked hickory chicken wings and Cajun ribs with a molasses marinade.
There’s no better way to spend the weekend, whether it’s a short notice get together on a sunny summer day or a winter barbecue, when you can wrap up warm and gather in the garden with barbecue food and hot cocktails.
Everyone loves a barbecue but there’s so much more to it than reaching for the readymade burgers and sausages. Make homemade marinades that taste so much better than anything shopbought, including our recipes for harissa marinade, teriyaki marinade and chimichurri sauce for grills. Bring your barbecue up to date with a bit of theatre, like beer can chicken or chilli and cumin marinated lamb skewers, which make an interesting take on basic kebabs.
Don’t overlook fish as it can help bring new flavours and textures to the table, such as chargrilled sardines with lemon and sea salt or a whole fish with mango, olive and tomato salsa. Or for a vegetarian option, you can’t beat grilled halloumi, barbecued Portobello mushrooms or vegetable skewers for a barbecue favourite all round.
Give your barbecue that extra edge by carefully picking out some substantial salads and barbecue side dishes, such as a simple pasta salad recipe with feta and roasted veg or a fresh cucumber salad with feta, black olives and mint. Or surprise your guests by jazzing up classic corn on the cob by melting over chilli and lime butter – the chilli gives it a little kick while the lime instantly cools it.
Top off a superb lunch with our barbecued pineapple recipe – the bite-sized chunks are so moreish and by grilling it on the barbecue, you’ll really bring out its sweetness. Your barbecue will be a hit if you follow our recipes for easy, delicious food that is guaranteed to impress.
Our jerk chicken recipe with pineapple salad will quickly become your go-to barbecue chicken recipe. Expertly seasoned, it's a real winner and will leave guests are your barbecue very satisfied!
Delicious Barbecue recipes
Hosting a successful barbecue is about so much more than burgers and sausages. Don't get caught out! Here are your must-haves to stock up beforehand
These merguez burgers are a really great lamb burger option - they're full of flavour from the harissa and great on the barbecue or at home
Salmon and wasabi burgers are deliciously hot and tangy but because they're made of salmon they're much lighter than a meaty burger and make a good change
Ice cream waffle sandwiches are a really simple dessert that you can try in any flavour combination, but we've suggested out top three
Asian-style BBQ scallops are so delicious with chilli flakes and lime juice and are perfect at barbecue or as a dinner party starter
Chipotle chilli beef burgers have a really great smoky kick to them and are wonderfully filling thanks to the kidney beans
Southern-style chicken couldn't be easier to make - great on a barbecue and if you baste it little and often you'll get the best results!
This salt and pepper potato salad is great either hot or cold and has a bit of a kick to it with fresh chilli, coriander and red onion, which keeps it simple but tasty
Marinated paneer, halloumi and vegetable skewers are ideal for both vegetarians and meat eaters and make a perfect addition to your barbecue menu
This master barbecue sauce will be your go-to barbecue recipe as you can use it in so many ways, as marinade for chicken or ribs, as a baste or as a dip
This master barbecue rub is great on ribs, a joint of meat or chicken. It even works perfectly with potato wedges. Make a batch and it'll keep for 2 months
Texan-style barbecue brisket is perfectly tender and by finishing it off on the barbecue, it gets an added delicious smokiness
Sticky mustard lamb ribs are perfectly crisp and yet wonderfully tender at the same time and after marinating, they're bursting with flavour too
Indian beer can chicken is a new and absolutely delicious way with barbecue chicken, made with coriander, cumin and fennel seeds and cardamom pods
Marinating meat can take your barbecue to the next level in flavour and it's well worth the effort - all it takes it a little forward planning
Barbecue recipe collections
Find the best barbecue food in the shops from our barbecue taste test 2015, including the best barbecue sauce, quality burgers and sausages as well as shopbought desserts
Chicken wing recipes are a barbecue favourite, but they don't just have to be saved for when the weather is nice - enjoy them year round cooked in the oven
Homemade burger recipes including Middle Eastern lamb burgers, spicy mushroom and halloumi burger, herby beef burgers and vegetarian chickpea burgers. Ideal for a barbecue but also ideal cooke indoors if the weather doesn't permit!
Find salad recipes that are filling, refreshing and very tasty, whether you're making a big bowl to share or preparing a quick lunch for one
Sausage recipes range from barbecue hero to midweek staple, so whether you're pressed for time and feeding a crowd or looking to impress, find the best recipes to bring out the the most of this humble meat
Vegetarian barbecue recipes that carnivores will love too, whether you're steering clear of meat, or simply fancy something different on the barbecue