As the sun starts to peek through the clouds, our thoughts turn to firing up the grill and enjoying some alfresco dining. Sausages, burgers and the odd kebab are fairly standard grilling fare, but we’re always on the look out for something new to cook on the BBQ. We’ve got some unusual ideas as well as some top BBQ tips for beginners to help you bring the wow factor to your socially distanced gatherings this Spring.
It’s no secret that halloumi is delicious, but have you tried grilling it? Slice your halloumi cheese into thick pieces, around ⅓ inch to avoid them falling apart on the grill. Then grill for around 3 minutes on each side, until golden char marks appear. You can also thread your halloumi onto skewers with your favourite veggies for grilling.
Cauliflower deserves better than being boiled, and when grilled on the BBQ has a whole new level of flavour. It’s one of our favourite cheap BBQ ideas for entertaining. We like to slice our cauliflower into steaks and slather with rich tandoori spices from our Veggie Rub 01. Grill until charred and tender, then add a squeeze of lemon before serving.
We didn’t think it got better than avocado on sourdough toast in the morning, but we’re happy to say we were wrong. It turns out that avocados are delicious on the BBQ. Just a few minutes of searing will give them a crisp burnished flavour.
You may not have considered putting bread on the BBQ before, but it’s a welcome addition to soak up all of the lovely meaty juices as well as using up any loaf that is a bit past its best. To take it to the next level, try blending our Veggie Rub No. 5 with butter and garlic before slathering it on thick slices of bread and grilling.
Fish is the unsung hero of the barbecue. It takes very little cooking and can be ready in a few minutes. Salmon and other oily fish are natural choices for the grill, as they’re unlikely to dry out and readily take on delicious smoky flavours. Our Cajun Rub for Fish works a treat with them.
White fish works well too, but takes even less cooking – we like to parcel ours up in tin foil with butter and herbs, then grill.
A pizza oven is top of our garden wishlist, but did you know that you can still make a pretty good pizza pie on your current barbecue? We recommend using a pizza stone – a flat slab that gets extra hot and absorbs moisture, ensuring a crispy pizza every time. A drizzle of Spicy BBQ Oil will ensure that the crust is extra crispy when you cook on the BBQ.
We’re usually so stuffed after the main event that we can’t face dessert, but if you’re looking for a sweet treat to round off your BBQ party, why not pop some fruit on the grill? Watermelon and pineapple are obvious contenders, but we love slicing partway through an unpeeled banana, squishing chocolate buttons into the gaps, wrapping it in foil and letting it grill over the dying embers.
Ross and Ross has a huge range of seasonings, jams and oils to spice up your BBQ dinner ideas for family this year. Try something new!