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These vegan barbecued skewers are made with marinated halloumi cheese and veggies, then topped with tahini sauce and dukkah (an Egyptian seed and nut mix).

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IngredientsServes: 3

  • 225g halloumi cheese, sliced into 12 cubes
  • 1 aubergine, sliced into 12 cubes
  • 1 large red onion, sliced into 12 equal pieces
  • 1 large red pepper, sliced into 12 equal pieces
  • 6 cherry tomatoes
  • 6 radishes
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon ras el hanout spice blend
  • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 6 bamboo skewers
  • 6 tablespoons tahini
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 lemon, cut into 6 wedges
  • 6 tablespoons fresh chopped coriander
  • 6 tablespoons dukkah

MethodPrep:25min ›Cook:10min ›Extra time:15min marinating › Ready in:50min

  1. Combine halloumi cheese, aubergine, red onion, red pepper, whole cherry tomatoes and whole radishes in a large bowl. Drizzle olive oil and lemon juice on top. Sprinkle black pepper and ras el hanout over the mix. Toss to coat. Allow to marinate for 15 minutes.
  2. Preheat an outdoor barbecue for medium heat and lightly oil the grilling grate.
  3. Slide 1 piece of aubergine, red pepper, onion, halloumi cheese, cherry tomato, radish, halloumi cheese, onion, red pepper and aubergine onto a bamboo skewer. Repeat with remaining skewers, cheese and vegetables. Reserve any remaining marinade in the bowl.
  4. Place skewers on the preheated barbecue. Brush with reserved marinade and turn skewers to cook evenly on each side, 10 to 15 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, mix tahini and lemon juice together in a bowl. Place 2 cooked skewers on each plate. Drizzle tahini sauce equally over each. Top with freshly chopped coriander and dukkah. Serve with lemon wedges.

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This is the ultimate fast food as the kebabs take just 3 minutes to cook on each side. The lemony marinade shown to us by friends Sandie and Peter Draper stops the meat from drying out. These can be done under a hot grill if you don’t have glowing coals outside. Serve the kebabs with lettuce wraps and a bowl of the Lemon Yogurt Sauce.

Ingredients - Serves 8

150ml extra virgin olive oil

Half to 1 medium hot red chilli, (according to taste)

6 sprigs of thyme (leaves picked)

juice and finely grated zest of 1 lemon

Freshly ground black pepper

600g lean lamb (leg meat is good), diced into 3cm cubes

2 red peppers, cut into 3cm squares

250g small chestnut mushrooms, brushed clean

1 red onion, cut into quarters and layers separated

2 x 250g halloumi, cut into bite-sized cubes

3 baby gem lettuces, leaves separated to serve

A small handful parsley, leaves coarsely chopped and stems finely chopped, to serve

1 quantity Lemon Yogurt Sauce (see below) to serve

To make the marinade, put all the ingredients into a small food-processor with a good few twists of pepper and blend until emulsified. Alternatively, you can chop the dry ingredients together finely by hand and mix with the oil.

Pour a third of the marinade into a shallow dish with the lamb, peppers, mushrooms and onion, and toss to combine. Cover and leave to infuse for at least 30 minutes and up to a day in the fridge. Put the remainder of the marinade into a jug and refrigerate.

To make the lemon yogurt sauce, mix the ingredients together in a bowl and season to taste. This will keep in the fridge, covered, for up to 3 days.

When you are ready to cook the kebabs, preheat the grill to high and heat a rack ready for the kebabs. Thread the lamb, peppers, mushrooms, onions and halloumi alternately onto metal kebab skewers. Discard any leftover marinade in the dish.

Lay the skewers onto a hot grill rack (if this is in an oven, put an oven tray underneath to catch the juices) and cook close to the heat souche for 3-4 minutes before turning and cooking again for 3 minutes, or until the cheese is browned and the meat is just cooked. These are also delicious barbecued.

Put the lettuce leaves and a bowl of the lemon yogurt sauce on a large serving dish. Add the hot skewers dressed with a little of the remaining marinade and sprinkled with parsley. Serve the remaining marinade in a jug.

Lemon yogurt sauce

8 tablespoons Greek yogurt

Finely grated zest of 1 lemon

Salt and freshly-ground black pepper

Mix the ingredients together in a bowl and season to taste. This will keep in the fridge, covered, for 3 days.

This recipe is from ‘The Diabetes Weight-loss Cookbook’ published by Kyle Books with photography by Susan Bell.

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Firing up the barbecue is a sure sign that summer is on the way, and provides a great opportunity for a delicious feast outdoors. This barbecue recipe collection demonstrates the variety of ways the barbecue can be used in place of a grill or griddle for fantastically flavourful dishes.

Cooking steak on the barbecue is a great way to achieve a smoky and crisp outside, especially when you marinade the meat to add flavour, as in Martin Wishart’s Asian-inspired lime and soy-marinated flank steak. Cuts of lamb and pork also work well on the barbecue, from Marcus Wareing’s barbecued pork chop with apple, to Alfred Prasad’s spiced peshwari lamb kebabs.

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Serves 4

  • 1kg beef mince
  • 2 large chopped shallots
  • 2tbsp chopped capers
  • 2tbsp chopped cornichons
  • 2tbsp chopped tarragon
  • 200g blue cheese
  • 4 brioche buns
  • Rocket
  • Red onion, sliced
  • For the salsa
  • 200ml alcoholic ginger beer
  • 6 large tomatoes
  • 2 red onions
  • 10g tarragon
  • 50g ketchup
  • Splash hot sauce
  • Splash Worcestershire sauce

For the salsa, reduce the ginger beer by two-thirds and set aside to cool. Chop the tomatoes and red onion into small dice.

Chop up the tarragon. Place all the ingredients into a large bowl, mix, add the splash of each sauce and season with salt and black pepper.

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For the burger, mix the beef mince with the shallots, capers, cornichons and tarragon, season with salt and pepper. Weigh out 5oz of the mix then press down into a burger shape.

Cook the burger on the barbecue for 6 minutes each side. Cut a 50g slice of blue cheese and place on top of the burger let it melt on the grill.

Toast the brioche bun on the barbecue, place the rocket and red onion on the bun, put the burger in a bun and serve.

Recipe by Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer (

Serves 2

  • 2 racks of ribs
  • For the rub
  • 4tbsp brown sugar
  • 4tbsp white sugar
  • 2tbsp garlic salt
  • 2tbsp chilli powder
  • 1tbsp salt
  • 1tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1tbsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1tbsp cayenne pepper
  • For the classic Southern BBQ sauce
  • 100ml white vinegar
  • 100ml tomato ketchup
  • 100ml molasses
  • 100ml orange juice
  • 2tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dried chilli flakes
  • A good few shakes of Tabasco
  • Salt and pepper to taste

You’ll need one rack of ribs per person. Ask your butcher to remove the fiddly membrane from the bone side of the ribs.

Mix together all the rub ingredients then rub all over the ribs and set aside for at least an hour (or overnight).

For the best results, cook the ribs on an indirect heat using a kettle barbecue. Bring the barbecue up to 110°C, then place the ribs on the grill, close the lid of the barbecue and slow cook for 4-5 hours.

The ribs are great on their own, but to add extra flavour, prepare a classic Southern sauce.

For the sauce, mix all the ingredients together in a saucepan and gently heat for 5-10 minutes. It is critical not to let it boil.

The best way is to mix the ketchup with the molasses and the mustard to start and then move on to the other ingredients. Gradually add the other bits and pieces and keep mixing.

Apply the sauce to the ribs during the last 10 or 15 minutes of cooking, using a silicon brush.

Remove the ribs from the barbecue. Stand for 20 minutes before slicing and serving.

Recipe by Paul Yates, professional caterer and UK director of Monolith Grills (

Serves 2

  • 12 baby/new potatoes
  • 1 corn on the cob, cut into 8 wheels
  • 8 pineapple wedges
  • 1 large red onion, cut into 8 wedges
  • For the spice mix
  • 1tsp paprika
  • ½tsp ground cumin
  • ½tsp ground coriander
  • ¼tsp dried chilli flakes
  • 1tsp olive oil

Boil the potatoes for five minutes and drain. Take a skewer and thread on a potato, followed by a wheel of corn, wedge of pineapple and wedge of red onion and repeat, finishing with the potato. Do this in turn for all four skewers.

Mix all the spices together with the olive oil and, using a pastry brush, brush all over the potatoes and vegetables.

Cook on the barbecue until the potatoes are cooked and the other vegetables are nicely charred. Serve with rice, salad and a little chilli sauce.

Recipe from the Potatoes: More Than A Bit On The Side campaign (

Serves 6

  • 3 small chickens or poussins, boned and butterflied (ask your butcher to do this)
  • 3 lemons, cut into halves
  • 30ml cold-pressed rapeseed oil
  • Pinch of of sea salt
  • Cracked black pepper
  • Bunch of mint
  • Bunch of coriander
  • 120ml salad dressing
  • Handful of baby kale
  • 195g garlic mayonnaise
  • For the spice mix
  • 5g each of paprika, chilli powder, onion powder, garlic powder, black pepper, cumin and coriander, mixed together
  • For the couscous
  • 240ml vegetable stock
  • 300g giant couscous
  • 3tsp rapeseed oil
  • For the pink coleslaw
  • 100g carrots, grated
  • 100g white cabbage, finely sliced
  • 100g celeriac, julienned
  • Handful of parsley, chopped
  • 100g pink or red cabbage, finely sliced
  • 30g kale leaves
  • Salt and pepper, to season

Prepare the couscous by bringing the vegetable stock to the boil. Toss the dry couscous with the oil in a large bowl until it coats every grain. Pour the hot stock over the couscous and stir well, cover with cling film and allow to sit for 15 minutes until the liquid is absorbed.

Meanwhile, chargrill the lemon halves for a few minutes and set aside.

Rub the oil, salt, pepper and spice mix into the chickens. Cook for a few minutes either side on the barbeque. Place in the oven to cook for 10 minutes, until cooked through. Leave to rest for 5-10 minutes before cutting into halves.

Meanwhile, toss together all the ingredients for the coleslaw.

Remove the cling film on the couscous and fluff with a fork. Mix the pink slaw with the mint, coriander and the couscous and add a salad dressing.

Place the chicken on a plate, add the slaw mix and garnish with the kale leaves and grilled lemon. Lastly, spoon on the garlic mayonnaise and serve.

Bill’s will launch its new summer menu nationwide on 6 June (

Serves 4

Soak the cobs in cold water for 20 minutes this prevents them from burning. Carefully peel back the husks but leave them attached at the stem. Remove all the straggly silks.

If you like, rub the cobs with butter or oil and flavourings such as chopped chilli and herbs, then re-cover with the husk. Secure the top with string or a piece of foil if it looks likely to unwrap.

Grill on a barbecue for 15 minutes, turning frequently, until the cob is blackened.

Alternatively, grill naked. This gives the most toasty, smoky flavour to the kernels, but it dries them out more than grilling in their husks.

Remove the husks and silks and grill the cobs over hot coals, turning frequently, for 10 minutes until the kernels are charred. Slather with butter and tuck in.

Recipe from Riverford Organic Farmers (

Serves 2

  • 2 Romano peppers
  • 1 red chilli
  • 1 clove garlic
  • ½ x 15g pack fresh oregano
  • 1tsp sweet smoked paprika
  • 1tbsp sherry vinegar
  • 2tbsp olive oil
  • 6 sardines, scaled and gutted
  • 1 lemon, finely sliced
  • 1 head of fennel, finely sliced
  • 25g fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1tbsp avocado oil

To make the sauce, place the peppers and chilli on the barbecue and cook until blackened and soft, turning frequently.

Remove from the heat and leave to cool. Once cool, peel, split in half and remove the seeds and stalks. For extra heat, leave the seeds in the chilli.

Place the pepper and chilli into a small-bowl food processor along with the garlic, oregano, paprika, vinegar and oil and blitz until smooth.

Put a third of this piri piri sauce in a separate bowl and use to brush over the sardines. Reserve the rest.

Cook the sardines on the barbecue for three minutes on each side until the skin is crisp and the flesh falls away from the bone.

To make the salad, toss the lemon, fennel, parsley and avocado oil together then serve with the cooked sardines and reserved sauce.

Serves 4

  • 500g salmon or monkfish, in thick chunks
  • 1 lemon
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1tsp cumin seeds
  • 4cm piece ginger, roughly chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 1 green chilli, chopped
  • 1 heaped tbsp thick Greek yoghurt
  • 1tsp Kashmiri chilli powder or paprika
  • 1tsp garam masala
  • 1 heaped tsp chickpea flour
  • 1tbsp fresh coriander, finely chopped
  • 1tsp vegetable oil
  • Lemon juice, to garnish
  • Handful of fresh coriander, chopped

Add the fish to a mixing bowl along with the juice from half the lemon and the salt and mix well. Give the cumin seeds a bash and add to the bowl.

Crush the ginger and garlic with a pestle and mortar and place in the bowl. Add the finely chopped chilli and the remaining marinade ingredients and mix to ensure the fish is coated. Leave to marinate for half an hour.

The fish can be skewered or cooked directly on a baking sheet.

Preheat the grill to a medium to high setting. Grill for 15 minutes until it’s just done. Once cooked, squeeze over a little lemon juice, sprinkle with the coriander and serve.

Serves 4

  • 3 large or 4 smaller courgettes, chopped into large bite-sized pieces
  • 300g halloumi, cut into large cubes
  • 2 green chillies, deseeded, finely chopped
  • 4tbsp sunflower or light olive oil
  • For the dressing
  • 2tbsp light tahini
  • 2tbsp yoghurt
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 2tbsp olive oil
  • Juice ½ a lemon (or more, to taste)
  • Handful coriander leaves, finely chopped
  • Handful mint leaves, finely chopped
  • Salt and black pepper

If you are using wooden or bamboo skewers rather than metal ones, soak them in cold water for 20 minutes to stop them burning when they cook.

To make the dressing, stir the tahini with the yoghurt until you have a smooth paste. Whisk in the garlic, olive oil and lemon juice and add water, a little at a time, until the dressing has the consistency of pouring cream.

Stir in the chopped herbs. Season to taste with salt, pepper and more lemon juice.

Thread the courgettes and halloumi on to the skewers. Mix the chillies with the oil. Brush a little over the kebabs.

Cook the kebabs on the barbecue, brushing with more chilli oil and turning carefully every few minutes, until the courgettes and halloumi are golden-brown. Serve with the tahini dressing to drizzle over the kebabs.

Alternatively, you could try chunks of pepper or quartered mushrooms instead of, or as well as, the courgette.

You could also drizzle with a cucumber, mint and yoghurt sauce such as tzatziki instead of the tahini.

Recipe from Riverford Organic Farmers (

Serves 4

  • 450g thick fillet steak (2-3in thick)
  • 1 Lollo Rossa lettuce
  • ½ cucumber
  • 8 plum tomatoes
  • 4 gherkins
  • 16 olives
  • 4 canned artichoke hearts
  • 8 sunblushed tomatoes
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • For the balsamic vinaigrette
  • 1tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 4tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1tsp honey

Slice all the salad ingredients then mix in a serving dish.

Heat your barbecue to hot, then sear the beef on all sides, until brown (about three minutes on each side). Once each side has been cooked, season with salt and pepper. It is always better to season after searing, otherwise the meat will toughen slightly.

Allow the beef to cool for 30 minutes then slice thinly. In effect this makes a carpaccio.

Meanwhile, make the vinaigrette by combining all the ingredients.

Layer a few slices of the beef over your salad base, season again and drizzle the vinaigrette over to leave a glossy sheen.

Recipe by Paul Yates, professional caterer and UK director of Monolith Grills (

Serves 4

  • 4 chicken breast fillets, skinless
  • 3 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 2tsp sweet smoked paprika
  • Grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • For the chimichurri sauce
  • 1 echalion shallot, roughly chopped
  • 2tbsp red-wine vinegar
  • Pinch of chilli flakes
  • 25g flat-leaf parsley, roughly chopped
  • 15g oregano, roughly chopped 2tbsp olive oil

Preheat the barbecue or light and leave until the flames have died down and the coals have turned grey. For the chimichurri sauce, place all the ingredients in a food processor and pulse a few times until you have a finely chopped yet coarse mixture –
be careful not to over-process.

Set aside, seasoning with a little salt and a good grinding of black pepper.

To prepare the chicken, place on a chopping board and, with a sawing motion, slice through each fillet horizontally, making sure not to cut all the way through, then open out.

In a bowl, combine the garlic, sweet paprika and lemon zest with the olive oil and rub all over the chicken.

Place the chicken on the centre of the barbecue and grill for 3-4 minutes on each side until cooked through. Serve with the chimichurri sauce.

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Barbecues might be an institution, and it might be sacrilegious to say so, but let&rsquos be honest, they can get a bit samey.

There really is only so many charred burgers and scorched sausages you can eat in any given summer, especially if you&rsquore also trying to reduce your meat consumption &ndash be it for health or environmental reasons.

So what do you do if the charcoal is burning away, but you&rsquod rather grill something other than meat over it? Try these plant-based swaps that don&rsquot rely on artificial meat alternatives&hellip

1. Swap burgers for portobello mushrooms

A huge, juicy portobello mushroom topped with lots of freshly ground black pepper and a slab of molten cheddar has all the umami of a beef burger, but none of the heaviness, and a far smaller carbon footprint. Load up with all your usual burger toppings (we&rsquod add chilli sauce too), inside a brioche bun, and it&rsquoll likely turn out more satisfying than a veggie bean burger from the freezer section.

2. Swap sausages for root veg and halloumi

Arguably the best thing about a hotdog is the opportunity for contrast &ndash the soft white bun, crunchy onions, silky sauce, while the sausage is the charred bulk that pulls it all together. Sure, a veggie sausage would do the job, but why not do something a bit different? Load up skewers with chunks of seasoned veg or cheese that have heft &ndash like sweet potato, courgette, carrot, pepper, or halloumi &ndash and get them golden and caramelised on the barbie. Tucked into that white bun and topped with onions, you&rsquoll not miss the meat.

3. Swap lamb kebabs for aubergine

Ground lamb kebabs laced with mint are undoubtedly delicious, but aubergine marries just as well with mint, and takes on a rich smokiness on the barbecue that will fill that lamb gap. Dress with a tahini dip and you&rsquore good to go.

4. Swap chicken wings for cauliflower &lsquowings&rsquo

Spicy, gnarly chicken wings are all very well, but cauliflower can handle just as much heat. Batter first and finish off on the bbq, or char over hot coals first and then dredge through buffalo sauce at the table.

5. Swap slow-cooked pork for jackfruit

For the full American bbq experience, you need vats of coleslaw, tonnes of grilled corn on the cob (best of all the bbq foods in our opinion), and something slow cooked, smoky and shreddable. So if pork is off the menu, opt for jackfruit instead, which you can easily get hold of in tins from most major supermarkets. Cook it up with barbecue sauce and seasoning and tuck in.

Begin by cutting the pepper and onion into even-sized pieces about 1 inch (2.5 cm) square, to match the size of the cubes of cheese.

Then chop the herbs and garlic quite finely and combine them with the oil, lime juice and some freshly milled pepper. Now place the cheese, onion, pepper and mushrooms in a large, roomy, non-metallic bowl and pour the marinade over them, mixing very thoroughly. Cover and place in the fridge for 24 hours, and try to give them a stir round every now and then. You can also watch how to preapre peppers, onions and garlic in the Cookery School Videos on this page.

When you're ready to barbecue the kebabs, take the two skewers and thread a mushroom on first (pushing it right down) followed by a piece of onion, a piece of pepper and a cube of cheese. Repeat this with more onion, pepper and cheese, finishing with a mushroom at the end.

Place the kebabs over the hot coals, turning frequently till they are tinged brown at the edges – about 10 minutes. Brush on any leftover marinade juices as you turn them.

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