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Quick and Easy BBQ Recipes that only take Half an Hour

Summer is the season when people get the most use from their gardens, whether it is for relaxing, hosting events, or routine household tasks such as drying washing. If you have spent time and effort getting the garden right you want to make the most of it while the weather is good. We understand this at Hillsborough Fencing and decided to offer some useful advice about one of the most popular events you can host, a BBQ.


Taste is everything when you BBQ; you want your guests to enjoy fantastic flavours rather than charcoal. Sadly many people don't have enough time to leave meats for 24 hours or longer to marinate. Luckily there are a number of recipes you can try that taste great and take around half an hour to do. Here are a few of our favours.


Easy Chicken Wings

Chicken Wings

Who doesn't love BBQ chicken? The great thing about wings is they are so quick to cook. Thighs, fillets, and chicken breast can all take a lot of time, especially to make sure they cook all the way through. Wings on the other hand can take as little as ten minutes.

Start off by rinsing the wings in water and drying them off. Next you can brush them in your chosen sauce, whether it is spicy, smoky, tangy, or a combination. Make sure you get a good coating.

When you grill start off by giving one side 3 to 4 minutes. Next flip them over and brush some more sauce on. Give this side the same amount of time before flipping again. Add more sauce and in another 3 to 4 minutes they should be ready.

BBQ Shrimp Skewers


You'll probably hear that classic Australian phrase about throwing another shrimp on the barbie with this recipe. The secret to cooking the seafood without burning it on the BBQ is to soak the shrimp in water for around twenty minutes before cooking.

A quick marinate of crushed garlic, salt and pepper can really bring out the flavours. When grilling, give the skewered shrimp around 6 to 8 minutes on both sides. Look for them to turn opaque and ensure they are cooked through.

If you want to add more flavour you can use a sweet chilli, BBQ, or hot sauce. Brush this on during the last minute or so of cooking on each side.

Peppered Beef Tenderloin


Is anything better than BBQ steak? All you need is good quality meat the right dry rub and your guests will be immensely impressed. 

There are numerous different dry rubs to choose from. One we love contains 1 tsp each of oregano, garlic powder, and onion powder, 2 tsp of paprika, and 3 tsp of black peppercorns. Simply crush the peppercorns and combine all of the spices then rub the mixture all over the tenderloin steaks.

The length of time you need to grill the steak depends on the thickness and how people like their meat to be served. As a basic guide give each side between 6 to 10 minutes, turning twice to ensure an even cook. Remember you can use a thermometer to check how warm the temperature of the meat and take cuttings to check the rareness.

Simple, Tasty Burgers


No BBQ is complete without burgers. With this easy recipe you can surprise your guests with handmade ones instead of shop bought. They'll definitely be able to taste the difference, especially if you buy quality beef.

All you need to make your own burgers is ground beef, an egg, salt and pepper to season, and breadcrumbs. Whisk the egg and seasonings together and then add to a bowl with the beef and breadcrumbs. Combine until well blended and then make the individual burgers.

On the grill give each burger 6 to 8 minutes per side. You can add a chosen sauce towards the end of cooking to give them an extra kick of flavour and add cheese to let it melt if you wish.


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