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.