Is there anything better than a BBQ on a hot summer’s day? If you’re not sure what to put on the menu at your next alfresco fry-up, don’t stress. As your local outdoor living experts, Altec can help you make the most of your BBQing skills with these classic summer BBQ recipes.
Grilled Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken Skewers
Featuring juicy marinated chicken and capsicum grilled to perfection, this dish is the perfect entrée for an outdoor dinner party. Combining the sweetness of brown sugar with a fragrant garlic flavour, it’ll be a massive hit at your next BBQ.
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup BBQ sauce
- 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
- 3 garlic cloves, chopped finely
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (if you’re not a fan of spicy food, skip this ingredient)
- 2 teaspoons dried oregano
- 4 medium chicken breasts
- 2 red capsicums, diced
- 2 tablespoons fresh chopped cilantro, for garnish.
- 1. To make the marinade, mix the BBQ sauce, brown sugar, oregano, cayenne pepper, garlic, and paprika together in a small bowl.
- 2. Cut the chicken breasts into cubes and season with salt and pepper.
- 3. Dice the capsicum into small pieces.
- 4. Marinate the chicken in half of the BBQ marinade for at least 20 minutes. To make your chicken extra juicy, leave it marinating in the fridge overnight.
- 5. Once you chicken is done marinating, skewer it together with the capsicum and grill over medium heat. Drizzle your skewers with the leftover marinade to add extra flavour. Cook the chicken for about 2-3 minutes per side, until it’s cooked all the way through and slightly charred. Garnish with chopped cilantro.
Recipe credit: Eatwell101
2. Sweet and Sticky BBQ Salmon
Instead of opting for steak at your next BBQ, why not go with a healthier cut of meat to mix things up? Light yet delicious, this sweet and sticky BBQ salmon recipe is a great option if you’re trying to eat clean over the summer.
- Salmon fillets, with the skin on (the number of fillets you’ll need will depend on the amount of people attending your BBQ)
- 1 tbsp lemon zest
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 5 tbsp soy sauce
- 4 tbps brown sugar (preferably soft brown sugar)
- 5 tbsp water
- 4 tbsp vegetable oil
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Fresh chives and lemon slices for garnishing.
- 1. In a small bowl, stir together the garlic, lemon zest, soy sauce, pepper, sugar, water and vegetable oil until the sugar has completely dissolved.
- 2. Marinate the salmon portions in this mixture for at least 2 hours in the fridge (leaving the fillets overnight will make them even tastier).
- 3. Lightly coat your BBQ with oil and turn it to medium heat. Cook the salmon fillets skin side up for around two minutes, and then flip them over and continue cooking for another four minutes. Depending on how well done you like your salmon, continue cooking until your happy with the crispiness of your fillets.
- 4. Once your fillets are done cooking, garnish them with the chopped chives and lemon slices.
Recipe Credit: Tassal Group
2. Portobello Mushroom Burgers
This recipe is ideal if you’ve got vegetarians coming over, but even diehard meat-eaters will love these Portobello mushrooms.
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 6 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
- 4 Portobello mushroom caps
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1. In a small bowl, combine the garlic, basil and olive oil. Brush over both sides of the mushroom caps.
- 2. Coat your BBQ’s grill rack with non-stick cooking spray before firing it up to medium heat. Grill the mushrooms over medium heat for 10-12 minutes or until tender, turning frequently.
- 3. Serve on burger buns with lettuce, tomato, cheese slices, and any other burger toppings you like the look of.
Recipe credit: Reader’s Digest
We hope you enjoy cooking up a storming on your BBQ this summer. For more alfresco dining inspiration, check out some of our other favourite BBQ recipes.