Annie Bell: Spice up the BBQ with these six recipes

Annie Bell gives the barbecue menu a global flavour with marinades and sauces from around the world.

The beauty of a barbecue is that it adds a hit of smoky flavour to even the plainest foods. But if you want to take things to the next level, then it’s all about adding a spice blend to your marinade. This is a simple way to make meat, fish and vegetables shine, and just a few beautifully crafted blends will brighten up your barbecues all summer long. You can buy spice mixes from most big supermarkets or stock up online at seasonedpioneers.co.uk.

Five-spiced prawn skewers with cucumber salad

Chinese five-spice is so intriguing, it immediately has you guessing ‘what’s that spice?’ Star anise, Sichuan peppers, fennel, cassia and cloves certainly make a delicious combination.

prawn skewers
Ellis Parrinder

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Baharat pork steaks with beetroot and tomato salad

Pork steaks welcome this paprika-rich spice blend, while the sweet and sour tomato salad can be dished up with any barbecue offerings. You could also add some feta to it, or grill halloumi for a vegetarian option.

Baharat pork steaks
Ellis Parrinder

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Za’atar burgers with tahini

A lavish burger line-up marrying lamb with thyme and spices in the za’atar and sesame in the tahini. This makes just the right amount of tahini sauce, but it’s such a welcome dip to find in the fridge and keeps for days, so you may like to double up.

za'atar burgers
Ellis Parrinder

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Moroccan-style spicy grilled courgettes with feta

Ras-el-hanout is such a masterful blend (often with cardamom, cumin and allspice) it really doesn’t call for much in attendance. Vegans can forego the feta and serve these with a dollop of hummus instead.

grilled courgettes
Ellis Parrinder

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Jerk-style chicken thighs with padron peppers

The best jerk chicken is almost blackened on the outside, courtesy of the onions and garlic. Buy a good jerk seasoning blend and it’s the easiest of marinades to whiz up.

jerk-style chicken thighs
Ellis Parrinder

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Coconut green beans and asparagus

A light, summery coconut sauce will go with any simply grilled meat or fish, but it is especially good with green veggies.

coconut green beans
Ellis Parrinder

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Food styling: Myles Williamson. Styling: Max Robinson. Creative direction: Chloe Sharp

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