You know what to expect at a barbecue. The usual assortment of delicious meats and sides all served with a smoky goodness that enhances the taste. Stuff like you see on Smoky Goodness BBQ.
Or at least, BBQ food should be delicious. Unfortunately though, a lot of people think just throwing a piece of meat on the grill is enough at these kinds of social gatherings.
But with the right recipe, your BBQ food can be taken to the next level, instead of being an exercise in bland eating. Read on to find out how.
No barbecue is complete without a burger. But here is a recipe for the perfect burger. Trust me, after people have taken a bite out of one of these, they’ll be swarming around you asking about the recipe.
5 crackers, or 3 slices of bread
600 g lean minced beef
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 heaped teaspoon ground black pepper
1 large egg
Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
Cook some chopped onions for about 12 minutes or until the onions have begun to caramelise, then put to one side to cool. Blitz some crackers or bread in a food processor until you get a fine crumbs. Put the onions into a mixing bowl with the rest of the burger ingredients. Scrunch the mixture together really well, then divide into 6 equal patties. As simple as that. Serve with garlic mayo and a toasted bun.
Tangy barbecue chicken
I still cant decide between a burger or barbecue chicken as my fave BBQ food. Regardless, chicken is a staple for a good cookout. So learn to cook it the best way.
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon mustard
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons ketchup
1 teaspoon olive oil
1/16 teaspoon sea salt, to taste
1/16 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, to taste
4 x 5 oz boneless skinless higher-welfare chicken breasts
Crumble the dried chilli, paprika, mustard, honey, ketchup and a splash of olive oil into a bowl. Season with a small pinch of salt and pepper and mix thoroughly.
Place the chicken breasts in the bowl and turn them over in the marinade until well coated. Next, cover with plastic wrap and leave to sit for 10 to 15 minutes or until the grill is ready.
Lovely served with a good potato salad or a fresh green salad. Alternatively, these are delicious sliced in good-quality bread.
Nothing compliments burgers or grilled chicken better than some good old-fashioned wedges. The dry, moreishness of a golden wedge goes so well with the juicy meats.
Pinch of salt
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
700 g baking potatoes
First, put a large pan of salted water on to boil. Wash the potatoes under the tap and get rid of any roots. Cut the potatoes into thick wedges. Add to the pan of boiling water and par-boil for 10 minutes. Drain in a strainer and leave to steam dry for a couple of minutes.
Transfer to a roasting tray and add a generous lug of oil and a pinch of salt and pepper. Mix together so all the wedges are coated in the oil then spread out on the tray. Cook over the heat for about 30 minutes until golden crispy and cooked through.