There is nothing quite as satisfying as perfectly grilled food. Whether your idea of a barbecue is cooking up burgers and dogs on a charcoal barbecue or grilling chicken and steaks over gas, with the correct recipes and techniques, you will have a dish that delights and one your friends will love. This post will cover six amazing BBQ recipes, including an option for the vegetarians out there who also enjoy the taste of grilled food.

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Smoked BBQ Ribs

Smoked BBQ ribs are a popular dish in the United States. They are made by cooking meat on a grill with a barbecue sauce, usually made from sugar, vinegar, tomato paste, and various spices. They are also fiendishly straightforward to cook as long as you have the right gear. You will need a smoker if you want to get the most from the meal. Fortunately, you can purchase high-quality barbecue smokers online that come in various form factors and accommodate a range of budgets. In addition, smoked ribs are a crowd-pleaser if you host a party with many guests. So what do you need to get started?

  • Wood chips: You can add a broad range of flavours depending on your taste because you are smoking the meat. These include chips like hickory, oak, and mesquite, among others.
  • Pork ribs: The star of the show are the ribs themselves. You should spend a bit of time here and get the best quality you can afford. The best options have good meat coverage and some fat to keep things juicy and moist.
  • BBQ sauce or rib rub: You can make your own sauce or use a store-bought rub. However, you can control the exact flavour you’re after by making your own. 

Kebab Skewers

Kebabs are usually cooked over an open fire or grill, making a BBQ the perfect option to cook this delicious dish. They are typically served in pita bread with tahini sauce, yogurt sauce, or garlic sauce. You can use almost any kind of meat you desire, making it a versatile option. However, if you want to remain authentic, you should go for chicken or lamb. Moreover, you can make them meaty or vegetarian, meaning they are the perfect dish to serve at parties. You can create a mixture of meat and vegetarian skewers and let your guests decide. To ensure your kebabs stay juicy as you grill them, you should add in some layers of fat and constantly baste throughout the cooking process.

Skewers on BBQ

Halloumi Burgers

As promised, this one is for the vegetarians among you! Halloumi cheese is a type of cheese that is made from a mixture of sheep and goat milk. It can be eaten in many different ways, such as grilled, fried, cooked with pasta, or cut into chunks and served as part of an antipasto plate. Halloumi originated in Cyprus, where it was initially produced by shepherds who lived on the island’s mountain slopes. The name halloumi comes from the Arabic word for salty water, which reflects the fact that it was produced initially near saltwater sources. The best part is that you can cook it in various ways because of its “meaty” structure. In this case, you simply cut a decently sized chunk, marinate it in a sauce of your choice, and throw it on the BBQ! 

Slow-Cooked Pulled Pork Burgers

Nothing says BBQ quite like slow cooking a fatty hog for such a long time that you can shred it with a fork! All you really need is a quality cut of meat (in this case, it would be the pork shoulder), a meat rub, and some foil. You prepare the cut by rubbing in a generous amount of your meat rub, then placing it on a tray covered with the foil. Then you simply close the lid, monitor the temperature, and wait until full-cooked.

Grilled Lamb Koftas

Lamb Koftas are a popular dish in the Middle East and Indian Subcontinent. It is made from ground lamb, onions, garlic, ginger, cumin, coriander seeds, and bread crumbs. They make a delicious meal, and when paired with freshly made tahini or plain yogurt, you will have something extraordinary on your hands.

Crispy Grilled Shrimp

BBQ shrimp is a popular dish and is typically served with lemon, garlic, butter, and cayenne pepper. The dish is generally prepared by frying or basting the shrimp in butter or oil and placing them on the BBQ until they become golden brown. 

The barbeque is a highly-versatile device allowing you to cook a wide range of meals. Hopefully, the ideas in this post have provided you with some inspiration to get the coals out, invite some friends over, and have a great time.