Skip to content
Open menu Close menu

Feed your appetite for cooking with Penguin’s expert authors

penguin logo

The ultimate BBQ meat recipe collection

by Francesca Sleet

published on 26 July 2019

A summer weekend isn’t complete without firing up the grill and serving up a barbecue feast. Whether you’re in it for the perfect sticky chicken wings, tender beef kebabs, chargrilled lamb chops or juicy pork ribs, these are all of the best meaty BBQ recipes to see you through the summer. For the vegetarians in your group, you can find all of our favourite veggie BBQ dishes here, and make sure to finish off your spread with some fresh and easy side dishes and salads. Plus, you can find our full collection of barbecue recipes here.

Chicken

Andi Oliver’s Tea-brined Spiced Barbecue Chicken

by Andi Oliver

Brining your meat before it goes on the grill is the best way to guarantee juicy, tender chicken. In this easy recipe from Andi Oliver, she uses a citrusy Earl Grey tea brine, adding a bold, zesty flavour whilst tenderising the meat. 

Buttermilk Chicken Shish Kebab with Quick Lemon Pickle and Oregano

Buttermilk Chicken Shish Kebab with Quick Lemon Pickle and Oregano

by Josh Katz

A good shish kebab at a barbecue is a game-changer, especially when the chicken has been left to marinate in buttermilk and spices overnight. Josh Katz’s easy-to-follow recipe guarantees perfectly succulent skewers every time, packed with the delicious flavours of the Middle East.

Meliz Berg’s Chicken Kebabs

by Meliz Berg

Full of flavour, these succulent chicken thigh kebabs are coated in a creamy marinade of red pepper, honey, and pomegranate molasses before being grilled. Serve with pitta bread and a generous portion of hummus for an effortless, Turkish-Cypriot-inspired BBQ feast.  

Sticky Honey Chicken Wings

by Debora Robertson

Coated in a rich honey, soy sauce and garlic marinade, these chicken wings become sticky and crisp on the barbecue. Be warned, you may need more wings than you think, these are addictively good and will be gone in a flash. 

Roasted Pineapple Chicken with a Sweet Chilli Glaze

Roasted Pineapple Chicken with a Sweet Chilli Glaze

by Levi Roots

Coated in a sweet and spicy glaze, grilled pineapple and tender chunks of chicken take on a smoky, sweet flavour in this easy kebab recipe from Levi Roots. 

Chicken Satay Skewers (Sate Ayam)

Chicken Satay Skewers (Sate Ayam)

by Norman Musa

These chicken satay skewers are a barbecue staple, and always the first thing to get devoured thanks to the irresistible peanut marinade and sweet chilli dip. Find more Southeast Asian-inspired barbecue dishes here.

Smoked Chicken Thighs with Saffron and Orange Blossom Caramel, Hazelnut Dukkah and Basil

Smoked Chicken Thighs with Saffron and Orange Blossom Caramel, Hazelnut Dukkah and Basil

by Josh Katz

Don’t be intimidated by the long ingredient list, these Middle-Eastern-inspired barbecue chicken thighs are well worth the effort. The combination of smoky charred chicken, sweet zesty sauce and nutty dukkah is hard to resist. 

Chicken Burgers with Maple-chipotle Mayonnaise and Pickled Cucumber

by Lucy Carr-Ellison, Jemima Jones

Packed with spring onions, fresh garlic and ginger, and plenty of coriander, these chicken burgers are a lovely lighter alternative to the classic beef version. 

Ainsley Harriott’s Ultimate Jerk Chicken

Ainsley Harriott’s Ultimate Jerk Chicken

For a show-stopping centrepiece to feed the whole family, Ainsley Harriot’s whole jerk chicken, coated in a punchy chilli, ginger, allspice and turmeric marinade, is our go-to dish. 

Cyrus’s Turkey Tikka

Cyrus’s Turkey Tikka

by Cyrus Todiwala, Tony Singh

A twist on a classic tikka masala recipe, these easy kebabs are coated in a quick marinade that is packed with flavour. While they are made here with turkey breast, they can just as easily be substituted with chicken if you prefer.

Lamb

Meliz Berg’s Lamb Chops

by Meliz Berg

Don’t skip the marinade for these easy lamb chops. The milk-based, sweet red pepper and garlic sauce tenderises the lamb to perfection, resulting in juicy cutlets ready to be served straight off the grill. Find more lamb BBQ recipes here.

Moroccan Lamb Burgers with Mint Aïoli

Moroccan Lamb Burgers with Mint Aïoli

by Jordan Bourke

Sweet dried apricots, spicy harissa and fresh mint add a Moroccan-inspired twist to these easy lamb burgers. Serve with crunchy lettuce and cooling cucumber and mint aïoli. 

Chargrilled Lamb Cutlets, Chermoula

Chargrilled Lamb Cutlets, Chermoula

by Chris Ammermann, Laura Harper-Hinton, Miles Kirby
from Caravan

Who better to turn to for some barbecue inspiration than a group of Aussies? The team behind the popular Australian restaurant group, Caravan, shows us how it’s done with these tempting chargrilled lamb cutlets, coated in a flavourful chermoula rub.

Beef

Beef Kebabs

Ainsley Harriott’s Mustard-Glazed Beef Kebabs and Baby Potato Skewers with Horseradish Dip

If you are missing your cosy Sunday dinners, this kebab is the perfect summer alternative. Mustard, honey and thyme-marinated beef sirloin is grilled alongside rosemary baby potatoes and served with a creamy horseradish dip. 

Jamie Oliver’s Loaded Beefburger

from One

These loaded beef burgers from Jamie Oliver are not your basic, boring beef burger. The thick beef patties are stuffed with roasted sweet red peppers, sour pickles and plenty of gooey, oozy cheese. 

Jamie Oliver One Cover
From the book

One

Ainsley Harriott’s Poppy and Coconut Beef Kebabs with Roasted Chilli Salsa

These delicious beef kebabs are a meat-eater’s idea of heaven, and the punchy roasted chilli salsa that goes with it is not to be missed. This flavour-packed dish is one we’ll be making all summer long.

Seasoned-up Pepper Steak

Seasoned-up Pepper Steak

by Levi Roots

This easy recipe for barbecued rump steak is perfect for a laidback BBQ with lots of hungry mouths to feed. Simple, packed with flavour, and a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.

Pork

Jerk-spiced Pork Chops with Sweet Potato Wedges and Thyme Salt

Jerk-spiced Pork Chops with Sweet Potato Wedges and Thyme Salt

by Stevie Parle, Emma Grazette

Ideally marinated for a few hours or overnight, these spicy pork chops are worth the wait. The jerk-inspired marinade packs a serious punch, loaded with allspice, nutmeg, garlic and Scotch bonnet chilli. 

Marmalade-Glazed Sticky Ribs

Marmalade-Glazed Sticky Ribs

by Catherine Hill

Simmered in apple juice to tenderise before being smothered in a sticky marmalade and soy sauce marinade, this rack of pork ribs is a labour of love that will be appreciated by everyone. Serve with plenty of napkins.

Share

You might also like


View all

Features

Recipes to help you cut down on ultra-processed food

Delicious dinners, lunches and snack ideas from our dedicated unprocessed food cookbooks.

Features

Mary’s Foolproof Dinners: 5 things we can reveal so far

Here’s everything you need to know about Mary Berry’s 2024 cookbook, including the release date, TV series, and some of the recipes inside.

Recipe Collections

10 clever one-pot meals for one

Discover 10 simple, creative one-pot recipes for single-portion meals, including hearty dinners, salads, dessert and more.

newsletter

Subscribe to The Happy Foodie email newsletter

Get our latest recipes, features, book news and ebook deals straight to your inbox every week