With the long weekend looming, we’re keeping our fingers crossed that the weather will be good enough for some al fresco fare. Read on for some of our favourite ways to create your best-ever barbecue…
Is it even an Irish barbecue without a few pork sausages? NO. No it is not. Whether you like ‘em simple and straightforward or you’re feeling a little bit fancy, you’ll find a new fave below. First, why not give yourself a refresher course on the basics with this handy guide to cooking those dogs to perfection? Keep things simple with mustard, ketchup, peppers and onions, or try one of our tasty twists below.
A homemade onion relish adds a hint of luxury to these simple herby sausage dogs.
Sweetness is a fantastic match for pork, and these hoisin sausage dogs with pineapple salsa will give you some serious tropical vibes.
If you’re really out to impress, take your tastebuds on a trip to Vietnam with this fresh and flavoursome bánh-mì inspired option.
Another staple of the Irish barbecue scene, you just can’t beat a well-made burger with that perfect char. Make your best burgers every time with these top tips, or follow the link below for our favourite-ever BBQ cheeseburgers.
For those looking for a veggie option, Halloumi is delicious cooked on the barbecue and makes a hearty meat-free burger. Check out these crowd-pleasing baps with Halloumi, pesto and salad.
In the mood for something a little different? Try making mini burger patties and serving on pittas with hummus, Feta and a Mediterranean-style salad.
If, like us, you like some homemade slaw on your burger (or just on the side), you’ll find our best basic recipe here.
Who knows why cooking food on sticks is so appealing, but it stretches across so many cultures that it’s practically universal.
Whether they’re the star of the show or a clever way to include veggies as a side dish, these vegetable skewers are a colourful addition to your al fresco spread.
These beef skewers make clever use of a sweet and salty marinade to add tenderness and flavour.
Pairing juicy prawns with spicy chorizo, sweet pineapple and veggies, these skewers are exactly what your barbecue needs.
Spatchcocking a whole chicken means it cooks more quickly and more evenly. This peri peri version will have everyone salivating.
Looking for the perfect side dish for that mouthwatering chicken? It’s this Mexican street corn. You’re welcome.
A light and fresh charred courgette and Feta salad forms the ideal foil for these tasty barbecued lamb chops.
Make a menu
Why not create a complete menu for your barbecue? Try one of ours, including drinks, desserts and sides alongside the main events.
Never underestimate the mass appeal of barbecued summer fruits. This pineapple dessert needs just three ingredients and is sure to spark smiles around the table.
One for the road…
It may have hit peak trendiness last summer, but we still reckon the Aperol spritz is quite possibly the best summer drink you could choose: quick and easy to make and requiring just three ingredients.