Whether Korean BBQ or just grilling away on terrace, the joy and fun of a casual BBQ with friends and family is simply unbeatable. However, not all BBQs are the same. There is more to it than throwing the cuts on the grill and the potatoes in the fire. You want to do some serious BBQ catering for your friends? Let’s do it then!
1. Try BBQ Fusion
You have perhaps encounter the word ‘fusion’ in relation to food only in fine dining establishments. However, creative chefs and BBQ enthusiasts have refined the grilling of meats and veggies and taken it to the next level. How about some Italian BBQ Fusion? You are asking yourself how that fits together? Let me tell you.
Instead of just grilling some meat, you grill a piece of slow cooked porchetta, which is a savoury, fatty, and moist boneless pork roast coming from the Italian cuisine. Refining it with some fig marmalade and sea salt, one gets delicious Italian-inspired BBQ. Another idea is lamb and capsicum souvlaki that is marinated in red wine, garlic and herbs. Local chef Jeremy Bangar is an expert at it.
2. BBQ USA or Germany or South Africa or …
It’s BBQ time, you go to the supermarket and don’t know what to get? Get a theme for your BBQ. As BBQ is popular around the world, you can experience with your friends a small trip on the grill. Take the Red, White and Blue for example – BBQ made is the USA. Make a chicken on a beer can and marinate it with some mouth-watering BBQ sauce. How about some BBQ chicken wings with blue dip sauce on the side? Want to grill like the Football World Champion – then get some ‘Weißwurst’ sausages and ice old beer of course.
3. Dress Up Meat
An alternative to buying very expensive meats is to spice them up a little. If you make BBQ patties yourself, you stuff them with cheese or BBQ sauce, creating a flavour explosion when your friends will eat them. Hot Dogs are always popular with kids – why don’t you cut them lengthwise, add cheese and herbs before wrapping them with bacon strips.
There are many ways to get creative with your BBQ meats – simply use what you have available. Another idea is to chop a few veggies, mix them with herbs, spices and a sauce, wrapping it all in aluminium foil. These veggies packs are extremely easy to prepare. Simply put the pack on the grill – eat it 15 mins later.
4. BBQ Canapés
Depending on the setting, you might want to consider canapés for your BBQ catering. If your BBQ party has a lot of people standing around and chatting, you can easily serve skewers. Try some pulled pork wraps on skewers with pickled onions. Or perhaps some crispy mushrooms straight from the grill with truffle mayo.
Often heavily neglected, but fruits should also be part of every BBQ catering for friends. Not in the salad bowl, but on the grill. While bananas and pineapples are no secret for BBQ fans, many have never tried apples and watermelon. Serve it with balsamic dressing – however let your watermelon rest for a few minutes to cool off before you dig in.