35 Never Fail BBQ Recipes

Posh nosh, or simple kid-friendly fodder, either way, hosting an outdoor barbecue is your ticket to perfect home dining. A backyard barbecue is the NZ way of bringing special people and great food together – no doubt about it! So what are you waiting for?

Here are 35 ways to serve up a feast from the comfort of your own back deck.


Beef skewers with sauce

1. Beef skewers with peanut sauce

Serve up some tender meat on a stick, and you can never go wrong … especially when it’s served alongside a flavour-packed dipping sauce!

2. Chicken rissoles with sweet chilli mango salad

What’s a barbecue without some good old-fashioned rissoles? This dish ensures that you’ll never have to find out!

3. Lemon garlic prawns

For a light summer meal with plenty of zest, you can’t go past this grilled seafood staple. Best make extra, cos these little swimmers will be super popular.

4. Mini lamb burgers

Looking for tasty finger food to satisfy a hungry crowd? These more-ish little bites will hit the spot like nothing else can.

5. Barbecue pork ribs

Sticky, sweet and everything you could possibly hope for from a rack of juicy pork. If you’ve never made your own, now is the time.

6. Garlic and coriander chicken

Easy enough to make midweek, this barbecue chicken recipe is sensational on a bed of fluffy rice.

7. Steak with creamy mushroom sauce

There’s nothing like a good piece of rump steak swimming in a mouth-watering mushroom sauce. Is it dinner time yet?

8. Barbecued salmon with asparagus

This fuss-free dish is full of goodness and bursting with fresh ingredients. Trust us, every bite is pure joy.

9. Beef with lemon balsamic marinade

Turn any piece of red meat into a feast fit for a king, with this divine cooking sauce. Bon appetite!


Asian noodle salad

10. Asian noodle salad

Full of crunch and nutty flavours, this salad is the ideal accompaniment to a meaty barbecue meal.

11. Potato salad

A backyard barbie without a creamy potato salad just wouldn’t be right, especially when it’s a recipe as good as this.

12. Baby Caprese salad

Bocconcini, cherry tomatoes and baby basil leaves combine to create one of the most simple yet delightful salads ever invented. So yum!

13. Summery chickpea salad

This tasty salad goes well with any barbecue main and is just as great the next day as a leftovers lunch.

14. Fig, prosciutto and pine nut salad

Here’s an exciting way to add extra flavour to your next outdoor feast. And it will take you all of five minutes to throw together.

15. Pumpkin, potato and rocket salad

Inject some lovely roasted carbs into your next barbecue. This salad mixed with peppery fresh rocket ticks all the boxes.

16. Crunchy quinoa salad

Crisp veggies and aromatic herbs come together to make a colourful salad that doubles as a pretty table centrepiece. Bonus!

17. Warm broccoli and avocado salad

Particularly good with chicken and fish, this is one salad that could easily outshine the rest of your menu. Perfection plus.


Caramelised onions in a pan

18. Caramelised onions

This homemade onion relish will transform plain meat and sausages into a culinary experience you won’t want to miss.

19. Easy tortillas

Soak up all those succulent barbecue juices with this recipe for golden flatbreads. Budget-friendly and utterly delish.

20. Zucchini chips

These crispy baked bites will satisfy your craving for hot chips but in an extra healthy kind of way.

21. Sweet corn hash

This sweet but salty side dish is destined to make a regular appearance on your dining table, that’s our bold prediction.

22. Creamy cheese and garlic potato bake

Quick, easy and extremely delicious! What more could you possibly want from a crowd-pleasing side?

23. California salsa

For a burst of spicy goodness, this tomato, chilli and coriander mix will set your tastebuds alight!

24. Homemade Sizzler’s cheese toast

Whack a few slabs of this thick-cut, cheese-soaked bread on the barbie for a truly unique taste sensation.

25. Onion rings

Deep or shallow-fried, a big bowl of these scrummy babies will make your weekend barbecue complete.


Frozen honeycomb slice

26. Frozen honeycomb slice

This creative take on a traditional ice cream dessert will receive rapturous applause from all those who are lucky enough to try it.

27. Salted caramel tarts

The most divine way to end any barbecue meal! Salted caramel, ganache, and strawberries are the perfect combination.

28.  Baked cinnamon doughnuts with Nutella filling

Nutella lovers will think all their Christmases have come at once when you serve up these decadent sweet treats.

29. Real fruit jelly

For a refreshing summer dessert, this real fruit salad needs just three ingredients.

30. Pavlova

You can’t get more authentic than this! After your fab NZ barbecue, a wedge of this classic and much-loved dessert will go down a treat.

31. Banana fritters

Sometimes the most simple dessert is often the best. Serve with a drizzle of maple syrup and a scoop of ice cream – this dish never disappoints.

32. Lemon meringue pie

A lip-smacking combo of fluffy, gooey, and crumbly bits, this dessert offering is always a family fave.

33. 2-ingredient white chocolate mousse

Need to whip up an exciting dessert in a hurry? Impress the fussiest of guests with a serving of this velvety little secret.

34. Ambrosia salad

Delight the kids (and grown-ups) with this fun take on a traditional fruit salad – laden with a few extra surprises. It’ll be an instant winner.

35. Mango cheesecake with passionfruit sauce

This no-bake irresistible cheesecake is a cinch to make but packs plenty of wow-power on the table and in your mouth.


  1. dawnblyth 06/01/2019 at 9:43 pm

    This list is one that needs to be shared and kept for future reference!

  2. Shelz69 06/01/2019 at 1:11 pm

    So many delicious options here, I don’t even know where to start. The beef skewers with peanut sauce and the corn fritters are going to be my first to try, followed by the frozen honey comb slice. YUMMO. I love doing zucchini on the bbq to with a bit of chilli sauce.

  3. Alezandra 04/01/2019 at 8:27 pm

    This list is so intensive! Thanks. You got me at the 2 ingredient chocolate mousse. Summer is so fab for bbq. I never thought I would be into BBQ till we got here to NZ.

  4. Shorrty4life1 03/01/2019 at 4:05 pm

    Omg this list is absolutely mouth watering. Hubby loves pavlova. We even did a potato salad while camping this time so easy and it lasted couple of meals as it goes pretty far. The perfect salad for any summer occasion. One that everyone loves. I have to say chicken rissoles with sweet chilli mango salad sounds absolutely amazing. Might need to get me a recipe for that one. Sounds like the prime summer meal. And not too heavy on the belly.

  5. kymmage 31/12/2018 at 12:55 pm

    Yum! My mouth is watering now. I would love to try making my own onion rings. Some of these are real staples for Christmas too like pav and ambrosia. 😍🎄 We have BBQed all Christmas so far from low and slow lamb to smoking a ham. So many delicious meals. I want us to try ribs on this thing too!!

  6. felicity beets 29/12/2018 at 9:25 am

    so many different recipes to try. I think the banana fitters and ice cream would go down well and I would like to try the baked cinnamon doughnuts

  7. SarahBlair 24/12/2018 at 3:30 pm

    Thanks Kidspot, my tummy is rumbling now!! I think that I have found the recipes that I will be using for our New Years Barbecue! Everything sounds sooo gooood!!

  8. MuddledUpMolly 20/12/2018 at 10:02 pm

    OMG I so want a bbq just to try all these yummy recipes!! Nice to see a few desserts and sweets made the cut too! I have never done much more than breads, meat and salads etc for a bbq so might be worth branching out a bit more in future 🙂

  9. Micht 18/12/2018 at 7:33 pm

    Wow… what a great suggestion list and recipes all in one place… have done the garlic prawns and caramelized onions before.. but want to try the garlic and coriander chicken and the pavlova.
    Have my eye on a few recipes… thanks for this!!

  10. Mands1980 18/12/2018 at 5:35 pm

    My mouth is watering hearing all these yummy recipes as soon as it heats up we love using the bbq. I am definately going to try some of these recipes I just love new ideas to try out. The desserts sounds really good too.

  11. Bevik1971 18/12/2018 at 11:55 am

    Yum! Making me hungry! I love BBQ season!! We can’t BBQ where we live as it’s in an apartment in the middle of town, but we have a kettle BBQ we keep at a friends and go over to her place to use it!! 🙂

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