Alternative BBQ Recipes Ideas & Fruity Summer Puds

Alternative BBQ Recipes Ideas & Fruity Summer Puds

Read our BBQ article to get a flavour of tasty recipes, ingenious hacks and inspiring ways to get your kids involved in al fresco dining this summer.

We know that barbecuing is a serious business - that's why we've developed these tips and tricks to make your BBQ the best this summer, but shhh, don't give all our secrets away! Here's our quick-fire list of the best BBQ hacks you're going to need this summer:

  1.   Run out of firelighters? Try tortilla chips.
  2.   Fill a large food bag with your chosen BBQ rub, then simply pop your chicken or steak in, give it a shake and ta-da! Mess free BBQ seasoning achieved.
  3.   Spray your meat with apple juice as it cooks and enjoy the tastiest, juiciest burger possible.
  4.   Use ketchup to spell how each person wants their burger cooked, on the lid of their bun! WD for well done, R for rare.
  5.   Stick a popsicle stick into the lid of a yogurt and put it in the freezer. Then behold the best healthy "fro-yo" ice lollies for your little ones.

Ever considered ditching the meat? Kerstin Rodgers has shown us that a vegetarian BBQ can be just as tasty as its meaty counterpart. She even showed us how to make dessert on the BBQ, mmm, grilled pineapple anyone?

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The BBQ may be the main event but no grilled meat is complete without an array of nifty side orders for everyone to tuck into. Think creamy coleslaws, posh potato salads and crunchy corn. These make perfect veggie alternatives too!

Vegetarians and veg-lovers will enjoy tucking into barbecued sweet red peppers with halloumi cheese and pesto. Kerstin from MsMarmiteLover blog also recommends grilled aubergines with miso sauce, barbecued corn-on-the-cob with lime and chilli butter, all polished off with sweet grilled pineapple with palm sugar. These recipe ideas are perfect veggie alternatives to barbecued meat, but also make great sides for meat eaters.

Coleslaw: Mix together some shredded cabbage, grated carrots and diced onions. In a jug, pop in a few dollops of mayo, some yogurt, vinegar and a good seasoning of salt and pepper too. For a naughty but nice addition, add some sugar. Simply pour the wet ingredients over the vegetables, give it a good mix and chill in the fridge for a few hours. Done!

Potato Salad: Simply a classic. Add peeled potatoes (chopped into chunks) to a large pot, season with salt and cover with water - boil until tender, drain and set aside to cool. In a separate bowl whisk mayo with vinegar, salt and pepper and add chopped spring onions. Mix in with the potatoes and rest in the fridge for a few hours.

Remember to think about watering your BBQ buddies too, no-one likes a lukewarm drink with their barbecued food. Why not set up a mini fridge in your shed or garage? Fill it with a range of your favourite go-to drinks, after all there's nothing better than a cold drink on a hot day.

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While barbecuing is grown-ups' work, kids can definitely get involved in fun ways at a BBQ party. Involve them with making desserts, or by helping to make frozen slushie drinks like these ideas:

Pop half a peeled banana on a lolly stick and freeze to make banana popsicles. You could even drizzle with melted chocolate first and scatter with sprinkles for an extra fancy banana pop!

Mix non-alcoholic drinks like fruit juice with soda and chopped mint and pour into an ice cream tub. Wait until frozen and then scrape up with a fork for an instant, easy refreshing slushie.

For a simple, healthy dessert, get funky with colourful fruit. In transparent cups layer different types of bright fruits: kiwis, blueberries and strawberries work best for this. You'll end up with cups of simple deliciousness. If you're preparing these ahead of time, avoid apples and bananas. No-one wants browning fruit in their colourful fruit cup!

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