Barbecuing isn’t just for the main course; you can create some fantastic side dishes right on the grill. Here are five mouth-watering side dishes perfect for your next BBQ:

  1. Grilled Corn on the Cob
    • Ingredients: Fresh corn on the cob, butter, salt, pepper, and optional seasonings like chilli powder or grated cheese.
    • Instructions: Peel back the husks without removing them, remove the silk, and re-cover the corn with the husks. Soak in water for 15 minutes, then grill over medium heat for about 15-20 minutes, turning occasionally. Once done, peel back the husks, brush with butter, and sprinkle with salt, pepper, and any additional seasonings.
  2. BBQ Baked Beans
    • Ingredients: Canned baked beans, onion, green bell pepper, bacon, BBQ sauce, brown sugar, mustard, and Worcestershire sauce.
    • Instructions: Sauté chopped bacon, onion, and bell pepper in a cast-iron skillet or grill-safe pan until bacon is crispy and vegetables are soft. Add baked beans, BBQ sauce, brown sugar, mustard, and Worcestershire sauce. Mix well and cook on the grill over indirect heat for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Grilled Vegetable Skewers
    • Ingredients: Cherry tomatoes, bell peppers, zucchini, red onion, mushrooms, olive oil, salt, pepper, and your favourite herbs.
    • Instructions: Cut vegetables into bite-sized pieces and thread them onto skewers. Brush with olive oil and season with salt, pepper, and herbs. Grill over medium-high heat for about 10-15 minutes, turning occasionally, until the vegetables are tender and slightly charred.
  4. Grilled Asparagus
    • Ingredients: Fresh asparagus, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt, and pepper.
    • Instructions: Trim the woody ends off the asparagus. Toss with olive oil, lemon juice, minced garlic, salt, and pepper. Grill over medium-high heat for 5-7 minutes, turning occasionally, until tender and slightly charred.
  5. Grilled Potato Wedges
    • Ingredients: Russet potatoes, olive oil, salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, and fresh parsley.
    • Instructions: Cut potatoes into wedges and toss with olive oil, salt, pepper, paprika, and garlic powder. Grill over medium heat for about 20-25 minutes, turning occasionally, until crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Sprinkle with chopped fresh parsley before serving.

These side dishes add a delicious and diverse range of flavours to your BBQ, complementing the main course and making your outdoor meal even more enjoyable.