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BBQ Weekend

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mollie Fri 05-Jul-13 13:51:13

It has to be a BBQ this weekend ... what are your foolproof, favourite BBQ suggestions for meals to share with friends (not burgers and sausages though...)?

whenim64 Fri 05-Jul-13 14:18:54

Fresh mackerel fillets, marinated in lime and chilli, wrapped in foil and cooked for about 15 minutes on the edge of the BBQ.

Chunks of red onion and peppers, cherry tomatoes, courgettes, cubes of haloumi, skewered onto rosemary sprigs and turned every couple of minutes.

Spatchcocked chicken, rubbed with oil and whatever spices you fancy, just make sure it's not pink and the juices run clear.

Baked potatoes done in foil in the oven (do more than you think you need) then kept hot on the edge of the BBQ. Squeeze open and slather with butter.

glammanana Fri 05-Jul-13 15:47:35

We'd also go for the Spatchcocked chicken rubbed down with alliolli and wrapped with red peppers,lots of lamb breast cut into ribs and left until well done and crispy with lots of mint sauce,baby new potatoes halved and wrapped to keep warm with a good dollop of reggae-reggae sauce.
p.s. don't forget the egg/cress butties.

mollie Fri 05-Jul-13 15:49:05

Thank you When...we've got friends coming and I want to do something a bit more than burgers and sausages...

mollie Fri 05-Jul-13 16:08:10

I would have if you hadn't mentioned them glam mañ

whenim64 Fri 05-Jul-13 16:15:48

Also, bananas kept in their skins, but sliced partway through at intervals, slip a chocolate button into the slits, wrap with foil and BBQ.

Pineapple slices caramelised and then drizzled with honey.

Skewers with strawberries, pineapple and melon chunks, nectarine, whatever you fancy, really! Delicious, whether BBQ'd or not.

Ariadne Fri 05-Jul-13 16:22:05

We don't do barbeques (Theseus tried and is a dead loss). And I am vegetarian so mostly it doesn't bother me. But DD is vegetarian too, and does amazing stuff when DSiL barbeques e.g.

Stuffed (with mozarella) spicy bean burgers
Halloumi cheese skewered with peppers, onions etc and marinated overnight in something delicious

I hate the standard shop bought veggie stuff!

nanaej Fri 05-Jul-13 16:25:41

I hate hosting BBQs! We are having a load of pals over for lunch on Sunday but it won't be a BBQ. DH feels it is his responsibility to do the BBQ cooking and he is useless at it! Everything is either undercooked or burnt. i am seriously thinking of going gas BBQ but to me..used to real 'made out of an old tin can' charcoal BBQ.. it feels like a sell out!

Grannyknot Fri 05-Jul-13 16:27:58

when if you wrap the potatoes really well in thick foil, you can chuck them in the coals and fish them out an hour later, cooked to perfection with a crisp skin.

I love that banana tip. Sounds divine.

Mamie Fri 05-Jul-13 16:31:04

Pieces of duck breast with dried figs marinated in armagnac, on skewers. Marinated chops, veal, lamb or pork (herbs to suit). Pork chops in a hot, spicy, dry rub. Monkfish bits, wrapped in sage leaves and bacon with aioli (sp?).
Tonight we are having sausages though, venison and merguez.

Sook Fri 05-Jul-13 16:31:07

when I'm going to gate crash your next BBQ grin

whenim64 Fri 05-Jul-13 16:42:08

I didn't say that I provide all those goodies, Sook grin. My son is the BBQ king now (it used to be sausages, burgers and steak till everyone howled at the thought of one more burnt offering). I come up with ideas and he sets to! He's bought himself a new BBQ that looks like something from outer space. He's just texted me to say he's doing one tomorrow. Perfect weather for it! smile

Mamie Fri 05-Jul-13 16:42:19

Also, fresh sardines, spicy mackerel, pork spare ribs in chinese spices, whole, butterflied leg of lamb marinated for 24 hours in oil, lemon juice and herbs, whole sea bass stuffed with herbs, rib of beef in a paste of oil, onion, thyme, rosemary, bay and flavoured with juniper berries (which are put in the coals) etc etc (We do a lot of barbecues).

whenim64 Fri 05-Jul-13 16:44:25

Sook grab your sunglasses! It's Mamie's place for the scrummiest-sounding BBQ! grin

kittylester Fri 05-Jul-13 16:50:43

Most of the above plus homemade burgers (pork) with lardons and diced mozzarella mixed in.

Love the banana one - I knew there was a good idea involving bananas!

Nectarines/peaches sprinkled with sugar (brown or white vanilla) and put on the BBQ as you eat your meal. Serve with clotted cream or good icecream. The fruit skewers with marshmallows in amongst the fruit.

Our local Budgen's franchise sells frozen bananas covered in chocolate and nuts. sunshine

Mamie Fri 05-Jul-13 16:52:45

The farmer has cut the field today so you should be able to parachute in if you are quick.....

whenim64 Fri 05-Jul-13 17:04:39


mollie Fri 05-Jul-13 17:28:52

Count me in! Everything sounds so yummy that now I'm overwhelmed by the options!

There's just four of us so what would be a good spread? I so rarely cook for anyone else and never bbq'd for other people so I'm panic-stricken. We usually go out with friends but in a moment of idiocy I thought this would be fun. Illy me!

mollie Fri 05-Jul-13 17:29:04

Silly me!

j08 Fri 05-Jul-13 17:39:55

Glad I enjoyed scent of mock orange blossom today. Won't get chance tomorrow. hmm


Pittcity Fri 05-Jul-13 21:37:50

Thanks for reminding me not to put the washing out til Monday!

Deedaa Fri 05-Jul-13 21:59:39

I'm getting hungry just reading this lot! We generally go for steak, pork belly rashers, perhaps a couple of burgers, red and yellow peppers and some veggie sausages if we're feeding our daughter.

Grannyknot Sat 06-Jul-13 14:18:31

Mamie your menu has me salivating sunshine

Sook Sat 06-Jul-13 15:03:48

when grin

Mamie I'm on my way grin

Hunt Sat 06-Jul-13 21:43:43

We lived next to a fish monger and always had to go out when they had a barbecue as the smell was so AWFUL. J08 , entirely agree.