7 ways to spice up your BBQ eating this summer

It’s BBQ, Jim, but not as we know it…

BBQS ARE PRETTY great, to be fair.

They don’t need much to make them the best eating you’ll have all summer.

But if you’re lucky enough to get a few in this summer, chances are you might get every so slightly tired of the old-school burger and sausages fare that routinely gets served up.

So we decided to find seven different ways to spice up your BBQ.

1. Marinade

If you’re grilling meat it’s good practice to marinade the meat for at least a few hours if not overnight. The marinade will tenderise the meat and add flavour.

So if you’re looking for a way to spice that up, here’s a spicy Cajun recipe to put some hair on your chest.

2.Vietnamese-style banh-mi burgers

Hannah Petertil Hannah Petertil

The recipe here calls for pan-frying these burgers, but weather permitting lash them on the BBQ. You can toast the bread on the BBQ grill too – less washing up.

3. Hot sauce

Brellis House Brellis House

While we can’t compare with the American hot sauce market and the long tradition of spicy spicy food available there from multiple cultures (Mexican, Southern, Asian to name a few), we’re not shy of splashing some Tabasco around when the need sees fit.

If you want to try your hand at making your own hot sauce, here’s a great recipe to try out.

Try at your own risk…and don’t say we didn’t warn you.

4. Watermelon, feta and jalapeno salad

Saveur Saveur

You can’t get much spicier than jalapeno and this side salad has just the kick you need to spice up your side dishes. Combined with the watery sweetness of the melon and the tartness of the feta, you’ll view jalapeno with new eyes.

5. Malaysian chicken satay

Rasamalaysia Rasamalaysia

Here’s a nice recipe for a yummy peanut-y alternative to traditional chicken kebabs. You can prepare these in advance and keep them in the fridge till you’re ready to whack them on the barbie.

6. Spicy bloody or virgin Mary

Sweet C's Designs Sweet C's Designs

Whether you imbibe or not, here’s a spicy beverage which can be made with alcohol or without – so whatever your poison, you’ll have a hawt version to hand.

7. Spicy brownies – oh yes

Seriouseats Seriouseats

Chilli and chocolate is a combination that goes way back to Inca times – although generally as a savoury combination. We couldn’t finish out this list without a dessert though so here’s a spicy, fudgy, chocolately brownie recipe to finish off with.


Have we spiced up your life? Let us know your tips for interesting BBQ deals in the comments below.

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