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
Prawn and papaya salad is a zesty, Asian-style dish with mostly storecupboard ingredients, plus it's only 154 calories
Make sumac chicken skewers for an on-trend flavour on the barbecue or grill, using tender chicken thighs
These easy-to-make chicken skewers are great for the barbecue whether you're entertaining or treating the family
You can cook the aubergines on the barbecue to give this recipe summer extra flavour
Mackerel is a bargain buy of a fish – deliciously "meaty" and so good for you. It is complemented perfectly by the baked aubergine and yogurt dressing
A great salad for a simple supper but this recipe is also good as a barbecue accompaniment
Chipotle lamb kebabs with chimichurri is a new way with lamb that's punchy and fresh at the same time - perfect for a summer barbecue
This spiced tuna steak recipe is an Asian-inspired dish that mixes wasabi paste and mayonnaise to give a kick to the new potato and pomegranate salad
This Texan burger uses coarsely minced chuck steak which makes all the difference. Sliced Gruyère and jalapeños really take this burger to another level
The secret here is to use lean minced beef, which is just as protein-packed as the higher-fat stuff, bulked up with high-fibre cannellini beans. We even get a bit of mozzarella, too!
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