With the longer days and warmer evenings, it’s time to take dining outdoors, and there’s nothing that quite says summer like a barbeque. Not only is it great to be outside, but it’s a healthy, simple way to prepare flavorful food.
But there’s more to barbeques than burger patties smothered in BBQ sauce or tasteless, overcooked chicken skewers; and maybe it’s time to expand your spice repertoire beyond salt and pepper.
If you’re looking for some fresh inspiration, we’ve got what you need.
Here are 3 different herb and spice combinations you can try to elevate your barbeque experience and show your neighbors who’s king (or queen!) of the grill.
Some of them may be unexpected, but they’re all delicious:
It’s difficult to beat the simple, fresh flavors of this classic Argentine rub. Use it as a rub, or mix with a little olive oil to make a dipping sauce.
Made with either dry or fresh herbs, Chimichurri is a mix of parsley, oregano, garlic and salt with optional red pepper flakes or paprika.
The rub is most often paired with steaks, but it’s equally good as a chicken marinade, served with grilled fish and even sausages.
Homemade Lamb Rub
Lamb on the grill is a succulent treat, and it’s worth going all out to enhance the flavors of the meat. Your homemade rub should include onion, garlic, sea salt, black pepper, thyme, rosemary and a hint of chile, finished off with some freshly squeezed lemon.
Prepare your meat ahead of time by taking it out of the fridge to rest. Lightly brush the meat with olive oil and rub the seasoning into the meat. Once cooked, lamb pairs well with a mint sauce or gremolata.
Middle-Eastern Shawarma Rub
The exotic spices of Middle Eastern food are at your fingertips with a homemade shawarma rub using only the best Belle Donne spices. It’s a simple mix of turmeric, coriander, cumin, allspice and cardamom, cobined with garlic, salt and pepper.
Baste it in yoghurt or olive oil to prepare the meat, massage in the rub mix, allow it to rest, and then grill as usual. It’s ideal for a DIY barbeque where guests can make their own pitas and works beautifully with a variety of meats, including beef, lamb and chicken.
To get the most from these ideas, Belle Donne Spices offer the best quality and freshness for a flavor experience that you and your guests won’t forget!