According to the Met Office we can prepare for a BBQ weekend!
So, cheap or gas?? Do you get the same smokey flavour with a gas BBQ? Do I like the smokey flavour?! Is charcoal cheaper than gas? Would I remember to look after a gas one?
Aldi have a dual burner for sale at £50.
But I prefer this one on Amazon at £99.99 reduced from £227.50
On the other hand I can get a basic charcoal BBQ for as little as £7.50 then spend the rest on food!
Why spend anything at all? As a brownie I remember cutting an H shape out in the grass, folding the turf back, building a fire and toasting a sausage on a stick. Once we were fed and the fire extinquished we put the turf back and went home. Do they still do that kind of thing in the brownies? I shudder to think how raw that sausage was!
Okay, next we need food and drink.
I found a great little BBQ recipe book in a charity shop last year. Lots of burgers and kebabs but it also has vegetarian and sea food sections.
Here's Honey and Lime Prawn Kebabs with Salsa:
- Using a non-metalic dish whisk 3 tbsps honey, 1 chopped red chilli, 2 tbsp olive oil, juice and zest from 2 limes, 1 crushed garlic clove, a small piece of grated ginger and 1 tbsp chopped coriander together then add 32 peeled prawns. Toss well, cover and leave in the fridge for 3 hours.
- To make the salsa chop up 2 tomatoes, dice 1 mango and 1 small onion, chop 1 small red chilli and mix them all up with the zest and juice from 1 lime and 2 tbsp coriander leaves (chopped).
- Thread the prawns on skewers and BBQ for about 4 minutes. Serve with rice and the salsa.
Delicious with homemade Elderflower Wine!