4 of the Best and Easiest Summer BBQ Recipes for 2021

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Put some sizzle into your summer cookouts with these easy-breezy yet oh-so-tasty BBQ recipes. We’ve included everything – from chicken, steak to fish, prawns and even a bonus salad – to round up your backyard BBQ menu.

With these curated summer BBQ recipes, you’re sure to be the star chef. 

Here are 4 of the best and easiest summer BBQ recipes for 2021.

1. BBQ Chicken Recipe - Ranch-Dressed Chicken Kebabs

Starting off this list of easy BBQ recipes, these ranch-dressed chicken kebabs yield some of the most delicious, melt-in-your-mouth cuts you’ll ever taste off the grill.

Yield: Makes 6 servings.


½ cup olive oil

½ cup ranch dressing

3 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

1 tbsp. fresh rosemary, minced

2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. fresh lemon juice

1 tsp. white vinegar

¼ tsp. ground black pepper (to taste)

1 tbsp. white sugar (optional or to taste)

5 pcs. skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cut into 1-inch cubes


  • Pour the olive oil, ranch dressing, Worcestershire sauce, rosemary, salt, lemon juice, white vinegar, pepper and sugar into a mixing bowl. Let stand for 5 minutes.
  • Place the chicken cubes into the bowl and gently coat with the marinade. Cover the bowl of chicken and refrigerate for half an hour.
  • Thread the chicken cubes onto the skewers; discard the marinade.
  • Set the grill to medium-high and lightly oil the grill grate.
  • Grill the chicken kebabs for 8 to 12 minutes and check for doneness. The chicken should no longer be pink in the centre, and the juices should run clear. Serve hot.

2. BBQ Steak Recipe - BBQ T-Bone

You can never go wrong cooking the best BBQ recipes, like this one for tender T-bone. 

Yield: Makes 4 servings.


4 pcs. 400-500-g T-bone steaks

Coarse sea salt

Extra virgin olive oil


  • Take the steaks out of the fridge two hours before you plan to cook. Season with coarse sea salt liberally.
  • Rub the T-bone steaks with a bit of extra virgin olive oil; shake off any excess.
  • Set the barbecue to hot.
  • Put the steaks on the grill at a 45-degree angle to the grill bars. Once the T-bones are half-cooked, turn them 45 degrees in the opposite direction. Once done, turn the steaks over and cook on the other side.
  • Set the steaks on a serving plate and cover with foil to let them rest for about 10 minutes. Keep the plate near the barbecue so the steaks stay warm.
  • Get four dinner plates and place a T-bone on each. Serve hot with mashed potatoes or salad.

3. BBQ Fish Recipe - Salmon Skewers

Craving for a tasty fish BBQ recipe? This grilled salmon skewer will bring life to your summer backyard feast.

Yield: Makes 6 servings.


230 g of skinless salmon filet

1/8 cup soy sauce

1/8 cup honey

1/2 tbsp. rice vinegar

1/2 tsp. fresh ginger root, minced

Half a clove of fresh garlic, minced

Pinch of freshly ground black pepper

6 fresh lemon wedges


  • Slice the salmon lengthwise into 6 long strips.
  • Thread each strip onto a wooden skewer and place in a plate.
  • Mix together the soy sauce, honey, vinegar, ginger, garlic, and pepper in a bowl.
  • Pour the marinade over the skewers, making sure to turn the skewers to coat the salmon completely.
  • Allow to stand at room temperature for half an hour. After marinating, pour the marinade into a small saucepan and simmer for a few minutes.
  • Set the outdoor grill at medium-high heat. Oil the grill grate lightly.
  • Gently thread a lemon wedge at the end of each skewer.
  • Cook the salmon skewers on the grill for 4 minutes on each side. Brush the skewers with some marinade.
  • Grill until the fish flakes easily when poked using a fork. Serve hot with rice.

4. BBQ Prawn Recipe - Grilled Sweet and Sour Prawns

Enjoy the tangy flavour of tamarind and the aroma of makrut lime in this prawn BBQ recipe.

Yield: Makes 6 servings.


2 tbsp. tamarind paste

4 large makrut lime leaves

2 tbsp. cilantro stems, chopped

1 heaping tbsp. of brown sugar

1 tsp. fish sauce

1 clove garlic, chopped


6-8 pcs. large prawns, with shells peeled off but with the head and tails intact

1 heaping tbsp. coconut oil (optional)


  • In a blender, put the tamarind paste, lime leaves, cilantro, brown sugar, fish sauce and garlic.
  • Add a pinch of salt and a bit of water (about 4 tablespoons) to blend the ingredients well.
  • Set the blender on high until the mixture looks smooth.
  • Pour the mixture into a resealable jar. You’ll have more dressing than you need. You can keep the leftover dressing in the refrigerator for a few weeks.
  • Set the grill on high. Brush the prawn skewers with a bit of oil, lightly season with salt and place on the grill.
  • Cook each side for about 2 minutes. Brush both sides with the dressing after turning each skewer. Serve hot.

Bonus Recipe: Grilled Peppers and Pita Salad

See the colours of the rainbow with this tasty and nutritious rustic summer salad.

Yield: Makes 4 servings.


650 g of mixed bullhorn peppers

1 tsp. sumac

145 ml extra-virgin olive oil

2 large pita breads

Fresh juice from 1 lemon

1 tbsp. oregano (plus extra)

1 garlic, crushed

100 g of small olives

1 cucumber, shaved into ribbons


  • Preheat your barbecue grill on high. Add the peppers and grill, frequently turning, until each one is well-charred and softened.
  • Remove the peppers from heat. Sprinkle some sumac over them and drizzle with olive oil. Let cool to room temperature.
  • Split the peppers lengthwise, discarding the seeds and pith.
  • Brush the pita breads with olive oil and grill each one until it is charred and crisp.
  • Put the remaining olive oil, lemon juice, oregano and garlic in a bowl and season to taste.
  • Tear the pita breads into pieces and set on a platter with the peppers, olives and cucumber. Drizzle with some dressing and sprinkle with more oregano. Serve with your favourite grilled chicken or steak.

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