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Refreshing BBQ Recipes for the Ultimate Summer Cookout

As we are now in the height of summer, it only makes sense to host a BBQ feast, full of delicious dishes that are perfect for the summertime. Might we add, the summer bank holiday (29th August) is also slowly approaching, a long weekend that can be spent with friends and family enjoying a good old tasty BBQ.

Whether you’re a chef wanting to add some refreshing barbecue dishes to your menu or are someone looking to host a spectacular bank holiday event, we have listed our favourite summer BBQ recipes for you to try. Below we have included a variety of recipes, including different meat and vegetable dishes that everyone is bound to love.

Let’s get started!

1.      Fish Skewers

To kick start our list, we have fish skewers/kebabs! We believe there is nothing more refreshing and more appropriate for summer than a light and tasty fish dish. For fish skewers, we recommend a white fish such as cod or haddock, which is firm yet nice and flaky. Not only that, when these fish are barbecued correctly they will simply melt in your mouth, creating a delightful sensation. Accompany your fish skewers with some rice noodles or a tasty lettuce-based salad.

grilled fish on bbq

We love this fish kebab recipe by Olive Magazine.

2.      Gourmet Hot Dogs

Our second favourite summer BBQ recipe is a gourmet hot dog. Hot dogs make a nice and simple dish that is loved by everyone - you can’t go wrong! However, to make this dish a little more interesting, we suggest turning your average hot dog into a gourmet hot dog, which will certainly be popular in restaurants and gastro pubs.

gorumet full loaded hot dog

Take a look at this gourmet Tex-Mex hot dog recipe from What’s Gaby Cooking. These hot dogs are dressed in fresh guacamole and jalapeno slices for that summer kick!

3.      Chicken and Halloumi Burgers

It is well-known that everyone is partial to a big and juicy burger however, sometimes a traditional beef burger can be a bit heavy for a hot summer’s day. As an alternative, we have found a recipe from BBC Good Food which is more appropriate.

chicken burger

These chicken and halloumi burgers are a fantastic option for a summer BBQ! Not only are they quick and easy to make, but they are packed with an abundance of char-grilled flavour that the whole family will love. This dish will be a perfect addition to any summer barbecue event. Add a side of salad or some fries and you’re good to go!

4.      Tacos

Now, tacos may not seem like your typical barbecue dish however, they are perfect for a summer cookout. You can make tacos with any meat you like, whether that is fish, chicken, beef or pork - you can alter this dish to cater for all your guests. Tacos are loaded with flavour as they can be covered in a range of toppings! We suggest serving tacos with salsa, guacamole, homemade slaw, coriander, and a squeeze of lime, for a wonderful summer snack.

beef tacos with coriander

Check out these grilled steak tacos with chimichurri by Feasting at Home. Barbecue the steak to your desire, for a succulent and tasty taco dish.

5.      Corn on the Cob

Finally, we have the classic corn on the cob, which seems to make more of an appearance in the summer months. Corn on the cob is ideal for vegetarians and makes a perfect side to any BBQ dish. When barbecued, a beautiful, charred flavour is created, and the corn becomes even more sweet and juicy. Although we prefer to coat our corn with the traditional butter and salt combination, you can add anything you like, from chilli, to garlic, coriander, and even parmesan cheese – the list is endless!

bbq corn on the cob

For a perfectly grilled corn on the cob, take a look at this recipe by delish.

Barbecue Equipment from Cinders

Here at Cinders, we only manufacture and supply the best of the best, providing chefs and caterers with high-quality barbecue products and accessories. If you’re wanting to enjoy the sunny weather and host an ultimate summer cookout, you should browse our range of reliable grills. Not looking to purchase right now but looking for a grill for your event? We also offer a local search for barbecue rental service!


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