Father’s Day BBQ Ideas!

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As it’s Father’s Day this Sunday I thought I’d look back and share some of my favourite recipes for a BBQ – who doesn’t love a barbecue? Hubby loves ’em and my dad loves ’em….a BBQ is a dad domain thing isn’t it?!

If the sun isn’t out, you can still make all of these recipes and have them indoors..let’s hope the sun comes out for the dads this weekend :D Here are my Father’s Day BBQ Ideas!

Juicy Handmade Burgers #BBQ
Juicy Handmade Burgers

Every BBQ needs a burger! We bought a smoker last year and it helped to give us the juciest, tastiest burgers ever! Or turn your burgers inside out and put the cheese in the middle of the meat!

Inside Out Burgers #BBQ
Inside Out Burgers

I always think it is nice to try out something new on the grill. I took a traditional Cypriot dish of afelia (pork marinated in coriander and red wine) and put the pork steaks on the barbecue…delish!

Afelia Pork Chops #BBQ #Cypriotfood
Afelia Pork Chops

How about some salads and sides to go with that that barbecued meat?! I’ll start with a simple Greek salad – my favourite!

Greek Salad
Greek Salad

When putting together a last minute BBQ I want things to be as easy as possible and I created this antipasti pasta salad last year – it was yummy!





Antipasti Pasta Salad
Antipasti Pasta Salad

Or how about a throw it all in the bowl and give it a stir bean salad?

Five Bean Salad with Chilli Citrus Dressing
Five Bean Salad with Chilli Citrus Dressing

I always have a dip or two (or three..or more!) at a barbecue. The main one is always hoummus/hummus, and after making my own whilst on our month long detox, I’ll never go back to shop bought again!

Homemade Hoummus/Hummus
Homemade Hoummus/Hummus

Guacamole is another dip that is super easy to make and a kajillion times better than the gunk you buy in the supermarket! Make it from scratch – you’ll thank yourself!

Guacamole
Guacamole

And now a couple of hot sides – barbecued corn on the cob always takes me back to holidays in Cyprus as a child! Serve sprinkled with lots of sea salt!

Barbecued Corn on the Cob
Barbecued Corn on the Cob

The grill isn’t just for meat – wrap up par-boiled potatoes in some foil and throw onto the charcoal!

Garlic & Rosemary New Potatoes
Garlic & Rosemary New Potatoes

And finally something sweet! I didn’t think I could make ice-cream at home, but I did, and it was very easy and quick to make! I made strawberry as well as mango ice-cream using just a few simple ingredients. I plan to try out some other flavours this year.

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Scrummy Strawberry Ice Cream

And to end with, a deliciously retro pineapple and coconut upside down cake! I must make this again soon, but without the coconut cos my hubs hates the stuff!

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Pineapple & Coconut Upside Down Cake

Happy Father’s Day to all the guys out there who take on that role…dads, step-dads and grandads! xx

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