Looking for BBQ recipes? Here’s our expert guide to creating the perfect BBQ. We have BBQ ideas to suit all your needs from burger recipes and sausage recipes to pulled pork and chicken wings. We’ve also included the best meaty showstoppers, vegan BBQ dishes and some epic grilled seafood and fish recipes.
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How to cook meat on the BBQ
The barbecue is a versatile cooking tool, it’s an oven and smoker as well as a fierce grill, and we don’t think we’ve been harnessing its true potential. With a bit of planning and care, you can create something truly magical – and here’s how.
- Start early. Light the coals or get the gas barbecue up to temperature, and tend it. The trick with low and slow barbecuing is to keep the temperature even. Brits tend to throw a whole bag of coal with a pack of firelighters and cook when it’s raging hot. Don’t. Start with a third of a bag, or find the right level on the gas and keep it there. This is an exercise in restraint and patience. Find your inner Zen. Use breathing techniques. Calmly does it.
- The meat is also important. Most cuts of brisket in the UK have been trimmed of almost all fat. You need this fat when cooking low and slow. It’ll keep the meat beautifully moist.
- Buy a meat thermometer. There are some people who can tell how the inside of a piece of meat is cooking from 1,000 yards away, most can’t. A meat thermometer lets you know exactly how the meat is cooking and when it’s ready.
Best BBQ recipes
We like our burgers piled sky-high. This version comes with our secret sauce (made from four very simple ingredients), sweet and sour onions, emmental cheese, gherkins, frilly lettuce, and more. We have lots more great burger recipes for you to check out.
This multi-tasking sauce can be served with burgers and bangers or used to glaze ribs and chicken – a staple for your BBQ this summer.
Pulled pork is a great recipe to feed a crowd at a summer BBQ. Ours are served up in soft buns with crunchy coleslaw – plus we’ve included extra instructions on how to make this recipe in a slow cooker.
For a BBQ veggie side dish which will complement almost everything, make this sweet and smoky aubergine and pepper muhammara with a little hint of tang.
Give your BBQ meat, fish and veg a little extra oomph this summer with these punchy marinades – from easy spiced jerk (great for ribs) to Asian chilli (ideal for salmon fillets and chicken thighs).
These juicy wings are spiced with paprika, cumin, cayenne pepper and fresh oregano. Crisp up on the BBQ and serve with a light yogurt sauce to feed a hungry horde.
Make these Turkish-style lamb kebabs at your next BBQ. They’re named after the city of Adana and flavoured with chilli and sumac. We have more great BBQ skewer recipes.
Turn your hand to Cajun cooking for your next BBQ with grill expert Helen Graves’s charred, smoky cod dish, served with fresh salad and stuffed into white sub rolls.
Looking for some plant-based options for your BBQ? These loaded, grillable vegan burgers are a must, with their full-on flavour and meaty texture.
Check out this impressive recipe for a vegan alternative to pulled pork, served in a burger bun with apple slaw. Our easy BBQ jackfruit is super meaty but with a sweet, fruity taste – an ideal plant-based BBQ option.
This skewer recipe has it all: spicy chicken, sweet, caramelised charred pineapple and plenty of refreshing mint. Definitely a dish worth firing up the BBQ for.
Fiery, piquant and less sweet than other varieties, Carolina BBQ sauce complements caramelised, smoky meat perfectly. Get it involved with your next BBQ using this great recipe that serves eight.
These burgers are inspired by the butter-drenched ones they serve in Wisconsin, USA. We’ve been a little bit more restrained with the application of butter but they’re still super-indulgent and ideal for a BBQ.
Learn how to cook a perfectly seasoned and juicy chicken on the BBQ and get the most of the bird with this recipe and our tricks of the trade.
Pep-up this grilled Mexican street snack with punchy Korean gochujang sauce and serve as a zingy side dish at your next BBQ.
Get the most out of your BBQ this summer with our seriously tender, home-smoked brisket. We’ve included some tricks and tips to help you nail this recipe, every time.
Get these juicy lamb kebabs on the grill. Fragrant with coriander stalks, they pack a fair whack of chilli and are perfect wrapped inside a soft naan with pickled red onion salad, sliced cucumber and raita.
Marinade chicken thighs in warming ras el hanout and sweet honey before throwing over those coals, for a fragrant twist on classic BBQ chicken.
Our recipe for delicately soft BBQ sea bream, with a fiery chilli and punchy lemongrass marinade, makes a great BBQ dish. This recipe is inspired by the food of coastal regions of Vietnam, where market customers choose their fish and marinade, before getting it cooked on a huge charcoal grill.
Prawns make for a quick, simple and delicious BBQ dish. Believe it or not, they pair a treat with gooseberries – try them together in this super simple BBQ recipe.
All the flavours of Brazil are crammed into one epic mouthful here – peri peri bacon, smoky chimichurri relish, cumin-spiced onion rings, creamy lime and avocado mayo – it’s a bit of extra effort but take the challenge and you’ll be rewarded with a gold-medal BBQ burger.
This malt vinegar sauce is a British riff on a Carolina-style BBQ sauce and makes a great acidic partner for rich lamb, cooked over coals.
If peanut butter caramel sounds like something you’re more likely to drizzle over ice cream, think again. It elevates BBQ pork ribs to a whole new level – they’re best simply served with a citrussy slaw and rice.
Check out this epic BBQ beef recipe with punchy cajun spices and a fresh bean salad. Popular in the US and Brazil, picanha is a pointed cut, so is great for serving a crowd as you’ll get well done to rare from the same piece of beef.
Try our glazed Vietnamese BBQ pork. This recipe is great for family BBQs; it’s delicately sweet, gluten-free and easily serves six.
Want to make a silky, garlicky aïoli with all of the flavour but none of the faff? Try this super-simple version and serve it with your BBQ meats and veggie sides.
This is a vibrant and refreshing BBQ side dish. Our Vietnamese-style herb salad is packed fresh mint, Thai basil and coriander, as well as juicy watermelon and fine rice noodles. We have more great BBQ side dish ideas here.
This classic rum and ginger cake is best made a day before – it’ll get fudgy and hold together better when crisping up on the barbecue or under the grill.
This is a great summer dessert to serve at a BBQ. It freezes brilliantly, so can be made well in advance. Just leave the cream topping off until you’re about to serve. Check out more great summer dessert recipes here.
Channel sunny holiday vibes with this classic Spanish tipple. Grab a bottle of light, dry red wine, some fruit, brandy and lemonade and create your own version of this refreshing punch.
Quench your guests’ thirsts at your next BBQ with these fab boozy batch cocktails, from mezcal and kombucha cooler to spicy margaritas, raspberry frosé, and Jamaican rum punch.