Summer is just around the corner and it is the perfect season for you to take the grill out into the backyard and prepare a simple feast for your friends and family. There is no better way to share some laughter, catch up and bond than over the best barbecue dishes that you’ve ever had. If you wish to have your guests raving about the excellent food you whipped up in your backyard this summer, then try a few of these recipes!
Here are 12 of the best barbecue recipe ideas that you NEED to try this summer:
12.) Grilled Zucchini Boats
Zucchini is a light-tasting yet juicy vegetable that even kids love! This delicious zucchini recipe is stuffed with all time favorite ingredients like cheese, peppers, onions, bacon, and basil. First, slice your zucchinis in half, length-wise, leaving the skin on. Grill with the skin facing up first, until texture begins to soften. Afterwards, flip and let cook until almost done. Then, add all of your chopped (and pre-cooked) ingredients and layer them into the zucchini boat. Cook for another 1-2 minutes until heated through. This is a great side dish or the perfect appetizer.
11.) Grilled Shrimp
This is another easy barbecue recipe that will definitely be a big hit during your barbecue party. Marinate your shrimp in a tomato sauce filled with your choice of spices. We like to add minced garlic, cayenne pepper, and freshly chopped basil. Then, skewer the shrimp and grill to perfection! These shrimp are the perfect bite-sized snack.
10.) Chicken Satay
If you love Thai dishes, then absolutely need to try this chicken satay recipe. Simply mix the following ingredients to taste: creamy peanut butter, soy sauce, lime juice, brown sugar, curry powder, hot sauce, and minced garlic. Marinate chicken breasts with this mixture for at least 30 minutes before grilling. With this recipe, you can serve the best satay dish right at the comforts of your own home. Now you don’t have to go out to your favorite Thai restaurant just to have a taste of an authentic Thai dish!
9.) Grilled Tilapia and Mango Salsa
From its name, you may think that this dish is one complicated recipe but do not let the name of its ingredients fool you. This is actually an easy recipe to make. The salsa is quite refreshing and will certainly be everyone’s favorite at the party. Simply marinate your tilapia with salt and pepper, then grill. You’ll chop up the following veggies to make the salsa: mangoes, jalapenos, tomatoes, cilantro, onions, and some lime juice. This is a healthy yet satisfying dish with delicate flavors, perfect for fish lovers!
8.) Grilled Pineapple
No barbecue party will ever be complete without pineapples on the menu. This is probably the easiest thing to do. You’ll marinate your cored and sliced pineapples in a mixture of honey, melted butter, and hot pepper sauce. The hot sauce that comes with this recipe gives the pineapple an extra kick and tames its sweetness. You can serve this as an appetizer.
7.) Tandoori style chicken legs
This is a delicious Indian inspired recipe that is partially cooked on the grill and then the oven to seal in the most amazing Indian flavors. To create the marinade, you’ll mix together plain yogurt, onion, minced garlic, grated ginger, garam masala, cayenne pepper, and salt to taste. Optional toppings are cilantro, and limes.
6.) Ginger and Lime Salmon
Here’s one for the fish lovers. Combine lime juice, honey, and ginger to marinate your salmon fillets. The citrus flavor of lime is balanced by the slightly spicy taste of ginger. This can also be served with avocado for a creamier taste. Serve this with wild rice salad and your guests will definitely go crazy with delight!
5.) Barbecued Greek Lamb Kebabs
If you want something different or out of the ordinary, then this lamb kebab recipe is just what the chef ordered. Start with a boneless leg of lamb and marinate in garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, and salt and pepper. Nothing compares to the herb-y and greek flavor of this recipe. Pair it with herbed rice for best results.
4.) Garlic Mushroom Burgers
If you love burgers but you wish to cut down on your meat consumption, then mushrooms are the healthiest substitute that you can find. The combination of garlic and barbecued mushroom will definitely be a big hit during your barbecue dinner.
3.) Soy and Sesame Grilled Veggies
Who says barbecue dishes are just for meat lovers? Well, this recipe will beg to differ! Create the sauce with a mixture of soy sauce and sugar. The sweet and sticky glaze chars well and is the perfect match for the light crunchy vegetable salad or asparagus. Vegetable lovers represent!
2.) Jerk Chicken
As they say, you will never go wrong with chicken. No matter who your guests are and what their preferences are, this will always be a winner. This is best served with rice and peas. We highly recommend that you eat it with your bare hands for one delightful experience.
1.) Cider Brined Porkchop
This pork barbecue recipe features the right balance between sweetness and sourness. The cider adds a touch of sweetness to the dish. Pair it with a sour mustard salad to keep the taste balanced. This is perfect for meat lovers.
What are you waiting for? Fire up your grill and start preparing these amazing barbecue recipe ideas that will definitely make your summer more delicious!