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Our favourite healthy summer BBQ recipes

Gone are the days where barbecues involved making awkward small-talk with the neighbours over burgers which are somehow incinerated on the outside and raw in the middle.

Barbecues should be about smoky, flavoursome food enjoyed in the sunshine (if we’re lucky). Read on for barbecue recipes which will prove to be a real talking point, from sticky molasses chicken to refreshing coated watermelon.

Our favourite healthy summer BBQ recipes

Magnificent mains

Sticky BBQ chicken

This barbecue chicken recipe was the brainchild of Shivi Ramoutar, whose recipes celebrate Caribbean cuisine with contemporary twists. The chicken is coated in a sweet, smoky sauce with a punch of rum and molasses sugar.

Got veggie guests? Don’t miss these delicious vegetable skewers or try a tempting mushroom and halloumi burger recipe.

Sumptuous sides

Your go-to grilled corn recipe 

What better way to enjoy corn on the cob than fresh off the barbecue and slathered in butter? But this isn’t just any butter, it is mixed with fresh lime juice, smoky paprika, and toasted coconut for a Caribbean-inspired treat.

Stuffed sweet potato skins

These sweet potato skins are packed with vibrant Caribbean flavours: warming chilli, paprika and cumin, and studded with pancetta, bright avocado, radish and chives.

Something sweet

Salty, spicy watermelon

Slices of fresh watermelon make a wonderfully fresh addition to any barbecue. Serve them with this salty, smoky spice mix which uses fennel, cayenne pepper and cumin seeds for a savoury grown up twist.

Barbecued banana with maple butterbarbecued bananas with salted maple butter summer liz earle wellbeing

The perfect treat to end a meal in the summer sun, these bananas are softened on the barbecue then topped with sweet maple butter and a smooth scoop of ice cream. Bliss.