Why should BBQs just be a summer thing? Wouldn’t it be great to recreate that chilled barbecue vibe on a crisp midwinter afternoon? Although buying a BBQ grill doesn’t mean you have to eat outdoors (you can still use paper plates to save on washing up)!
If you love to entertain without having to slave over a hot oven for hours on end, read on for twelve delicious and quick winter BBQ ideas that cater for all tastes and dietary requirements.
Can you get to number #12 without your tummy rumbling?
#1 Start With A Bang: BBQ Onion Meatball Bombs
The neat thing about this recipe is it can easily be adapted to include everyone’s favourite meat (although a combination of beef, pork and veal is delicious) and you can use gluten-free breadcrumbs. It is super quick too. Just be careful not to drop one or the dog will wolf it down before you can say ‘meatballs’.
#2 Rice Rice Baby: Mexican Chicken Skewers With Rice And Picante Salsa
Chicken fresh off the grill is one of my favorite BBQ dishes, and I love this Mexican take on it. For a tasty and colorful option you can’t go wrong with these chargrilled skewers. The word ‘barbecue’ comes from the Spanish word ‘barbacoa’ so it’s very fitting to include at least one Mexican dish! If you’re worried about folks being hungry, you can just add a bigger bed of rice. ‘Picante’ means ‘spicy’ so this Mexican chicken will keep your mouth warm at your winter BBQ.
#3 Don’t Glaze Over This One: Spicy Honey Glazed Chicken and Sweet Potato Kebabs
Another glazed wonder and effectively a meal on a stick, the secret to these delicious kebabs is the combination of seven different spices in the glaze. Perhaps you could invent your own secret spice combination that will one day be as renowned as the heavily guarded secret KFC spices!
#4 Tidings of Comfort and Joy: Fresh Pumpkin Cornbread
Did you know pumpkins have been grown in North America for over 5000 years? You can cut corners by buying in canned pumpkin for this airy cornbread recipe. For future reference, you can also freeze the pulp from your Halloween pumpkins for up to 6 months! This cornbread also makes a great accompaniment to hearty winter stew.
#5 Fortune Favors the Bold: Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey Glazed Chicken
Yes, this is the one we dared you to try. The glaze obsession continues – but what a glaze! It can be made ahead of time (make plenty in case you want to ‘check the flavor’ and we guarantee it will go down a treat, particular with spirit lovers!
#6 Then For A Succulent Side: Maple Glazed Bacon Wrapped Roasted Carrots
You will get your money’s worth out of this recipe as these sumptuous carrots in bacon blankets also make a great side dish all year round. The sweet, salty, crunchy and soft combination is a winner, and a sneaky way of getting veg down the little ones. They had me at ‘glazed’.
#7 Add A Taste Sensation: Ginger Chilli Lime Chicken
This hearty dish is cheap, quick and cheerful and involves caramelized chicken thighs with a kick of ginger, chilli and lime. If you want to be organised you should ideally marinate for 4 hours, but between you and me, you can cheat and just marinate for an hour and it still tastes awesome.
#8 Kabob’s Your Uncle: BBQ Chicken Bacon Pineapple Kabobs (very quick to make)
This sweet and salty combination of bacon and pineapple perfectly complements the chicken and is very quick to rustle up, requiring very few ingredients. These always go down well with the children!
#9 Keep The Veggies Happy: Mexican Street Corn Elotes
It’s good to have some veggie options and you can’t have a BBQ without some corn on the cob. The beauty of this Mexican street food staple is that your guests can add their preferred topping to suit their own taste. Don’t forget the toothpicks.
#10 Salad Days: Grilled Avocado Quinoa Salad
The protein lovers will adore this little beauty and your blood sugar will be kept in check for the rest of the day. Although it requires a rather lengthy list of ingredients, it is worth it – this salad is as tasty as it is colourful.
#11 Is Your Tummy Rumbling Yet? Homemade Cheese Stuffed Burgers
A safe option for any BBQ, these scrummy burgers with melted cheese will keep your hands warm if you’re eating outside – watch out for dripping melted cheese though. There are two versions of this recipe, differing in their ratio of ease of preparation versus cheesy ooziness.
#12 Save The Best Until Last: Easy Olive and Herb Grilled Flatbreads
Add a delectable Mediterranean option to your wintry feast with these quick and easy flatbreads – they can be done and dusted in 20 minutes tops. Remember, if you don’t want to make your own flatbreads or hummus, you can just buy them ready made (shhh)!
We hope you enjoyed this tastebud-tantalizing selection of winter BBQ recipes. Think of it as charity work, making sure your BBQ doesn’t feel abandoned and unloved during the cold dark winter months.
Which recipe is your favourite? What do you like rack up on your BBQ grill? We’d love to hear from you in the comments.
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