The best barbecue recipes

Barbecue season is here, and while you can’t beat a good old hot dog or beef burger on the BBQ, sometimes it’s nice to give some alternative barbecue recipes a whirl.

From pork steaks to jerk-style chicken thighs, we’ve rounded up the best barbecue recipes to wow your guests, with chefs such as Annie Bell and Clodagh McKenna offering up their best summer dishes.

Best barbecue recipes

Best BBQ pork recipes

Baharat pork steaks
Ellis Parrinder

Pork steaks with beetroot and tomato salad recipe

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.

Best BBQ beef recipes

Dora Kazmierak

Barbecued rump steak with chimichurri and charred chicory recipe

Chimichurri adds a massive burst of freshness, heat and saltiness to the beef. You can use the chimichurri with chicken, meaty fish, lamb or pork or over halloumi and, if you like, swap the chicory for sliced radicchio. 

Best BBQ lamb recipes

za'atar burgers
Ellis Parrinder

Za’atar burgers with tahini recipe

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.

Best BBQ chicken recipes

Pinch of Nom BBQ chicken
Mike English

BBQ chicken drumsticks and thighs recipe

Preparation, as ever, is key. You can make the rich barbecue sauce in advance and coat the chicken in the sauce and seasoning in advance, too, ready for cooking. Just cook the coated chicken when you’re ready – in the oven if it’s not barbecue weather – and smother it with the remaining sauce to serve.

jerk-style chicken thighs
Ellis Parrinder

Jerk-style chicken thighs with padron peppers recipe

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.