5 Unusual BBQ Foods You’ll Need To Try This SummerMona
One of the main reasons we love summer is all of the delicious BBQ foods we eat throughout the season. But we often end up cooking the same BBQ foods like sausages, corn, ribs, and burgers. While those foods are all delicious, sometimes you just want to surprise and delight your guests and family.
This year we want to inspire you to get a bit more adventurous. Have you ever thought about putting watermelon, lettuce, or oysters on the grill? No? Well, now is the time to get creative with new BBQ foods.
In this blog article, we share five different recipes that include foods you may have never thought about grilling on the barbie, but are definitely worth a try.
Before you start cooking, make sure you preheat your BBQ nice and early so your grill is hot and the temperature is even. This will help ensure your food is cooked evenly and prevents anything from sticking to the grill. Happy grilling season!
Grilled Lettuce with Almonds
Credit: Image & recipe by taste.com.au
Instead of a traditional cold salad, try grilling lettuce on the BBQ; it’s quick, crunchy and produces a lovely smoky flavour.
Break apart a whole cos or romaine lettuce and drizzle with olive oil. Place on the grill for 3 – 4 minutes per side (or until lightly charred). Remove from heat.
Arrange lettuce on a serving plate, sprinkle with almonds and Parmesan and season with salt and pepper.
Whisk one tablespoon of olive oil, three teaspoons of white wine vinegar, two teaspoons of wholegrain mustard and one teaspoon of honey together and drizzle over lettuce.
Credit: Image & recipe by thespruceeats.com
Oysters have so many health benefits and can be enjoyed in various ways – fresh, steamed, fried and grilled on the barbie! What we love the most about barbecuing an oyster that you can avoid the tedious job of shucking them; the heat from the bbq will open them up for you. The result? A delicious, juicy, smoked flavoured oyster.
Rinse your fresh (closed-shell) oysters under cold water and discard any with shells that are already open.
Place oysters onto preheated BBQ hotplate or grill and cover or close your grill until oysters have opened and the meat is opaque and cooked through (about 5 – 10 minutes depending on the size of oyster).
Carefully remove oysters from heat, remove the top shell, and loosen the oyster from the bottom shell by running a knife along the edge.
Arrange oyster onto a plate covered in rock salt and serve with your choice of flavours. Here are some examples, BBQ sauce, a dollop of pesto, hot sauce, or lemon wedges.
Smoky Avocado Guacamole
Credit: Image & recipe by Acouplecooks.com
Take Mexican night outside and BBQ your avocado to create creamy and yet smoky guacamole.
Cut three ripe avocados in half and remove the pit.
Place avocados cut side down onto your grill, cook for 4 minutes on either side and then remove from heat.
Remove avocado flesh and place into a bowl with:
– 1 thinly sliced white onion
– 1 thinly sliced Roma tomato
– Handful of chopped coriander
– Lime juice from 1- 2 limes
Mash ingredients together in a bowl and season with salt and pepper.
Grilled Watermelon Pizza
Credit: Image & recipe by rachaelrayshow.com
This fruity, crunchy and unique appetiser will surprise and delight your friends and family. It’s super simple to make and is a healthy alternative to regular pizza dough.
Cut watermelon into wedges (about 1 – 2 inches thick) and place on a preheated BBQ grill. Cook for about 2 – 3 minutes on each side and remove once you’ve achieved lovely grill marks.
Season grilled watermelon with salt and pepper and top with sliced prosciutto, parmigiana and rocket. Drizzle with a little balsamic vinegar. Recipe via Rachel Ray Show.
Grilled Fruit Kebabs
Credit: Image & recipe by feelgoodfoodie.net
This unusual take on a fruit kebab is perfect to enjoy all year round. This recipe includes banana, pineapple, strawberry, and cantaloupe skewers that work perfectly on the barbie. Why not experiment with your favourite fruits next?
Soak the skewers in water for 20 minutes, to prevent them from burning while grilling the skewers. To make the fruit kabobs, thread two pieces each banana, pineapple, strawberry and cantaloupe onto a skewer. Repeat the process to assemble as many skewers as you’d like to make.
Drizzle with olive oil and maple syrup. Grill on preheated grill for about 10 minutes, turning occasionally until the fruit softens and chars.
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