Dec 18, 2023At Home

Five hot Christmas BBQ ideas

A scorching Christmas day and a sizzling BBQ.

Add a bit of backyard cricket and a rum ball or five and you’ve got an iconic Aussie arvo.

Christmas catering is no mean feat.  With controllable temperature, rapid heat-up time and easy use, a gas BBQ is the perfect way to put the seal on a festive feast.

If you’re struggling to think of a substitute for the snag these five quick, simple Christmas recipes will showcase the versatility of your gas BBQ.

Cooking with a gas BBQ is quick, no nonsense and gets the best results. Rather than giving you three paragraphs about how our travels inspired a dish, or how to cut a cucumber – just like a gas barbie, we’ll get right to the good stuff.

Just make sure your gas bottle is full (here’s how to check).

Grilled Herb-Crusted Turkey

  • Marinate a whole turkey in a mixture of olive oil, citrus zest, your favourite fresh herbs, and garlic.
  • Preheat your gas BBQ to medium-high heat and place the turkey on the grill.
  • Cook with the lid closed, turning occasionally, until the internal temperature reaches 75°C.
  • The herb crust will give the turkey a burst of flavour, and you can keep the heat outdoors while enjoying the festive atmosphere.

BBQ Glazed Ham

  • Place you pre-cooked ham on the BBQ grill on indirect medium heat.
  • Brush it with a glaze made from brown sugar, Dijon mustard, pineapple juice, and a pinch of cayenne for a hint of heat.
  • Grill until the glaze caramelizes and the ham is heated through, infusing it with smoky goodness.

Grilled Veggie Platter with Balsamic Drizzle

  • Create a vibrant platter of colourful veggies – think different coloured bell peppers, zucchini, and cherry tomatoes.
  • Toss them in olive oil, salt, pepper, and your choice of herbs, plus a dash of red pepper flakes for a spicy kick.
  • Grill the veggies until they’re tender and kissed by that smoky BBQ flavour.
  • Drizzle with a balsamic reduction for a tangy touch.

BBQ Salmon with Zesty Salsa

  • Season salmon fillets with a mix of cumin, paprika, and a pinch of chili powder for some heat.
  • Grill the salmon on medium heat until it flakes easily with a fork.
  • Serve it with a zesty salsa made from fresh mango, lime juice, red onion, and cilantro. The tropical flavours are perfect for a summer celebration.

BBQ Dessert Skewers with a Hint of Spice

  • Create dessert skewers using chunks of watermelon, pineapple, and kiwi.
  • Sprinkle with a pinch of chili powder or Tajin for a spicy-sweet contrast.
  • Grill briefly on high heat until the fruits caramelize and the flavours intensify.
  • Finish with a drizzle of honey and a scoop of ice cream for the ultimate cool-down treat.

This Christmas, embrace the Aussie tradition of firing up the BBQ and let the sizzle of your gas grill bring the flavour to your Christmas feast.

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