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Chef at Home's Top 10 Most Popular British BBQ Dishes



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As private chefs, we often get asked to help cater BBQs, and we know exactly what makes a BBQ truly memorable. Whether you're a seasoned grill master or just starting out, these crowd-pleasing recipes will ensure your next BBQ is a hit. Let's dive into the ultimate lineup of smoky, savoury, and delicious dishes that will have everyone coming back for more.


1. BBQ Ribs

Our number one spot goes to classic BBQ ribs. Marinate these beauties in a rich, tangy BBQ sauce, then slow-cook until tender. Finish them on the grill for that perfect smoky flavour.


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Chef’s Top Tip: For extra tenderness, wrap the ribs in foil for the first hour of cooking, then unwrap and grill to caramelise the sauce.



2. Grilled BBQ Chicken

A staple at any BBQ, grilled BBQ chicken is both simple and satisfying. Choose bone-in, skin-on pieces for maximum flavour. Brush them with BBQ sauce as they cook to keep the meat juicy and add a deliciously sticky glaze.


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Chef’s Top Tip: Marinate the chicken overnight to allow the flavours to fully penetrate the meat.


3. BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Nothing beats the melt-in-your-mouth goodness of BBQ pulled pork sandwiches. Slow-cook pork shoulder until it’s tender enough to shred, then mix with your favourite BBQ sauce. Serve on soft buns with a heap of coleslaw for a perfect bite.


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Chef’s Top Tip: Cook the pork in cider for a British twist that adds a subtle sweetness.


4. BBQ Burgers

Elevate your classic burger by mixing BBQ sauce directly into the meat or generously slathering it on top. Add crispy bacon, sharp cheddar cheese, and caramelised onions for a gourmet burger that will impress your guests.


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Chef’s Top Tip: Use a mix of beef and pork mince for juicier burgers with extra flavour.


5. Grilled Corn on the Cob

Grilled corn on the cob is a must-have at any BBQ. Grill the corn until it’s lightly charred, then brush with a mixture of melted butter and BBQ sauce. Sprinkle with a little parmesan cheese for an extra flavour boost.


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Chef’s Top Tip: Soak the corn in water for 30 minutes before grilling to keep it moist and tender.


6. BBQ Prawn Skewers

BBQ prawn skewers offer a lighter, yet flavourful option. Marinate shrimp in a blend of BBQ sauce, garlic, and lemon juice, then grill them on skewers until just cooked through. Serve with a squeeze of fresh lemon for a refreshing twist.


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Chef’s Top Tip: Leave the tails on the prawns for easier handling and better presentation.


7. BBQ Chicken Wings

No BBQ is complete without a platter of BBQ chicken wings. Coat wings in BBQ sauce and grill until crispy. Offer a variety of BBQ sauces, from sweet and tangy to spicy, so guests can choose their favourite.


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Chef’s Top Tip: Grill the wings over indirect heat to avoid burning the sauce and ensure they cook through evenly. Then finish on the grill to caramalise and enhance flavour.


8. Grilled Vegetables with BBQ Glaze

Vegetables get a delicious upgrade when grilled and brushed with BBQ sauce. Bell peppers, courgettes, and mushrooms are great choices. This colourful dish is a fantastic vegetarian option that everyone will enjoy.


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Chef’s Top Tip: Brush the vegetables with olive oil before grilling to prevent sticking and enhance the smoky flavour.


9. BBQ Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers

Spice things up with BBQ bacon-wrapped jalapeño poppers. Stuff jalapeños with cream cheese, wrap in bacon, and brush with BBQ sauce before grilling. These little bites pack a punch and are always a crowd favourite.


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Chef’s Top Tip: Use toothpicks to secure the bacon around the jalapeños and prevent them from unwrapping on the grill.


10. BBQ Pizza

For a fun twist on a classic dish, try BBQ pizza on the grill. Top pizza dough with BBQ sauce, grilled chicken, red onions, and mozzarella. Cook on the grill until the crust is crispy and the cheese is melted for a unique and delicious treat.


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Chef’s Top Tip: Use a pizza stone on the grill for a perfectly crispy crust without burning the bottom.


Tips for a Successful BBQ

  • Prep Ahead: Marinate meats and chop vegetables ahead of time to make grilling day easier.

  • Stay Safe: Keep raw meats separate from cooked foods to avoid cross-contamination.

  • Keep it Simple: Focus on a few standout dishes rather than trying to make everything.

  • Probe!: Invest in a temperature probe to check the dishes before serving. Ensure that items, especially meats, reach 75'C in the centre.

  • Stay Hydrated: Offer plenty of beverages to keep everyone cool and refreshed.


With Chef at Home's most popular British BBQ dishes, your next garden party is sure to be a hit. So fire up the grill, gather your friends and family, and enjoy the best flavours of summer.


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