5 Delicious Dishes to Whip Up on the BBQ
When it comes to summer dining, there’s nothing more Aussie than delicious food straight from the BBQ. Whether it’s a few skewers, a cob of zesty corn or a plate of chargrilled vegies, there’s no shortage of tasty options when it comes to barbecued foods.
If you’re in need of inspiration for your next grilled feast, here are five of our favourite delicious dishes to whip up on the BBQ.
1. Meat, vegie or seafood skewers
Skewers are a barbecue staple. Whether you’re a fan of chicken, beef, scallops, prawns, capsicum or haloumi, there are endless ways to customise a skewer – and luckily for foodies, all of these options (and more) taste fantastic once barbecued. Depending on your skewer food of choice, make sure you’ve prepped your marinade or salt rub a few hours before you cook them to enhance its flavour. If you’re using bamboo skewers, you’ll want to soak them in water for at least 30 minutes to minimise burning.
Once your ingredients are threaded onto your soaked skewers, heat your barbecue pan to high and lightly brush oil onto your skewered ingredients. Cook until charred – this should take about two minutes for each side. Skewers are a great option for those with plumbed gas barbecues thanks to their precise temperature control dials, meaning you won’t be left guessing whether your meat or vegies are cooked all the way through. Once cooked, serve with lettuce and a squeeze of lemon for freshness.
2. Zesty barbecued corn
If you’re a barbecue novice, grilled corn is one of the simplest and most delicious dishes you can cook on a BBQ. There are a couple of techniques for grilling corn, but one of the most popular options is to grill it with the husk removed so your kernels are exposed to the direct heat of your BBQ’s grills. Once your BBQ is ready on high heat, lightly toss your corn in olive oil and then place it on your grill plate. It should take between 10 and 12 minutes to cook. Turn occasionally, and brush with a mix of butter, coriander and spring onion as desired. Once it appears chargrilled, plate up with a chipotle salt mix and plenty of fresh lime for a zesty taste.
3. Crispy chicken quesadillas with fresh salsa
Quesadillas are a quick and easy crowd pleaser. Though they’re often cooked in an oven or on a stovetop, throwing them on the barbecue is a great way to bring out the hot and smoky flavour these Mexican treats are so renowned for. These can be made for vegetarians or meat-eaters – in this recipe, we suggest preparing some shredded chicken breast the day before to minimise preparation time.
Once it’s time to cook, prepare your BBQ to high heat – if you have a plumbed gas BBQ, this will only take a few minutes. Spread your tortillas across the BBQ plate, then place chicken, cheese and any vegetables you’d like on top before sandwiching with another tortilla to seal. Cook each quesadilla for a few minutes on each side, then serve with fresh tomato salsa.
4. Grilled eggplant and haloumi stack
This Greek-inspired dish is full of delicious, smoky flavours – and is the perfect way to make the most of your barbecue’s charring abilities. To prepare your eggplant, slice it into rounds, lightly brush it with olive oil, then season with salt and pepper. Haloumi is quite salty as it is, so simply slice it into squares and then place all ingredients onto your barbecue. You’ll need to turn them occasionally and cook until tender – this should take around six to seven minutes. Once cooked, simply stack your haloumi slices onto eggplant slices and serve with a side salad.
5. Barbecued prawns with honey and lemon
Grilled prawns are a staple at Aussie barbecues, and this glaze of honey, sesame seeds, salt flakes and fresh lemon is the perfect way to complement a prawn’s delicious flavour. Once you’ve made your glaze, marinate your prawns at least a day before they hit the BBQ for a tasty infusion. You can thread your prawns onto skewers or cook separately. These should take just under five minutes – and if you’ve got a plumbed gas BBQ, you’ll have precise temperature control to make sure they aren’t overcooked. Serve with a fresh summer salad and enjoy!