BBQ Food Ideas You NEED to Kick Summer Off!

Welcome to my Summer Series!

Looking forward to sharing my ideas on how to have a fabulous summer. In my previous blog post; I shared tips on how we can get ourselves and our homes ready for the summer (You can read my previous blog post here: Tips to Prepare Yourself & Your Home for Summer). Barbecue season is officially upon us, Yes, Summer is almost here and in most cases we are seeing sunny days that last all the way into the evening which means it's time to get grilling. A barbecue is the perfect opportunity to cook up, grill some of your favourite dishes while you're at home. So be sure to impress this summer!

Before you fire up the grill and start cooking; check out my summer BBQ food ideas that will definitely make you a better barbecuer and make your cookout the best party on the block!

Good Ol' Grilled Chicken Wings

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A favourite, especially with kids! Who needs hot or Buffalo sauce? I love Nando's range of sauces, they go well with chicken wings!

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Throw In A Couple of Grilled Ribs

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Tickle your taste buds with grilled ribs on the grill, smothered in saucy tangy BBQ Sauce! What better way to enjoy your ribs? Amazing! Grilled BBQ Ribs are just perfect for summer! Get Grilling With These Recipes

My Favourite; Grilled Peppers

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This is one of the easiest side dishes to make and they make a perfect accompaniment for halloumi cheese. Grilled bell peppers are fast, fresh, and flavourful. Quick Tip: You can also use sweet peppers too!

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Nothing Like Homemade Hamburgers

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No barbecue would be complete without it! And you don't have to stick to just beef burgers, get creative! You can make chicken, mushroom or veggie burgers! Quick Tip: You can always pick up a pack of 6, 8, or 10 patties from your local store or If you want to create patties of your own, you can always do so with butcher ground beef.

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Mouth-Watering Shrimp Skewers

I love shrimp skewers! And they make a delicious meal with grilled peppers! Mouth watering and filling. Grilled Shrimp Skewers are perfect for summer barbecue! Quick Tip: They can be grilled indoors or outdoors any time of the year. Check out the recipe for Grilled Garlic Cajun Shrimp Skewers from Natasha's Kitchen.

Lets Not Forget The Sides;

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No barbecue is complete without a side dish, at least two or three sides dishes. Once you have your meat seasoned and ready for grilling, its time to move on to the sides! We've got plenty to choose from! Every barbecue needs a spectacular spread of sides to go with it. From easy side dishes that will appeal to kids like seasoned French fries, tortilla, nachos and an array of dips to side dishes like pasta presto, roasted corn on the cob (You can dribble a little butter over the corn while it is still hot), salads, grilled vegetables and potato wedges, you will definitely be spoilt for choice!

And The Drinks!

Let's mix the drinks! Get creative, make it interesting! Don't just serve only the usual fizzy drinks and beer, spice it up a little: Serve some cocktails! Quick Tip: Fresh Watermelon drinks and Jack Honey & Grapefruits drinks are not only appetising but healthy too.

For The Sweet Tooth!

The kids would love this! I would go for Ice lollies, Popsicles (Click to get some made popsicle recipes here) and various flavours of ice Cream to keep you cool this summer.

There, you have it!