When the aroma of sweet BBQ smoke is wafting through the air, it’s a signature sign that summer is officially in session. Now that we can embrace the warm weather – and each other – why not show your loved ones how much you’ve missed them by cooking them up a feast. After all, there’s no better time than the present to show them how you’ve stepped up your grill game. The following are some recipe ideas from renowned global chefs whose culinary tour-de-force will keep you salivating.
Suzanne Barr’s Jerk Chicken
Amped up on scotch bonnet peppers, this fiery jerk chicken is a multilayered flavour winner that’s teeming with spices and sweetness from the orange juice and brown sugar. Chef says that this dish pairs wonderfully well with grilled pineapple or mango coleslaw.
Scotty Scott’s Za’atar Chicken Thighs
Winner-Winner-Chicken-Dinner: the use of thigh meat makes this dish ultra tender. It’s also dusted with the warmth of a homemade Za’atar spice mix that includes sumac, cumin, oregano, thyme, and sesame seeds. Be transported to the mystique of the Middle Eastern without having to leave home. Partner this dish with grilled veggies.
Atul Kochhar’s Barbecue Lamb Leg
This show-stopping and succulent lamb is bathed in a bountiful blend of lemon, coriander, garam masala, and toasted cumin seeds; it’s then topped with fresh thyme, marjoram and mint. You need to do a double duty cooking job (but it’s worth it) with some oven basting and then finishing it on the grill to add char and caramelization. This is best served with garlic sautéed potatoes and beans.
Jennifer Segal’s Ultimate Steakhouse Burger
This recipe comes together in a snap and perfect if you’re wanting to satiate a last-minute burger craving. There’s also a secret to making the patties ultra tender and juicy: making a panade – a paste made from bread and milk to keep the meat moist, even if it’s cooked to well-done. Serve this up with potato wedges, fries, or salad.
Ixta Belfrage’s Grilled Mackerel
This award-winning chef and recipe developer for chef Yotam Assaf Ottolenghi offers her grilled mackerel to greet the balmy summer vibes with. The nutty sweetness from the brown butter, the savoury of the nori, and vibrancy of the lime makes this dish’s flavours dance and tingle on your palate. It’s also easy-peasy to fire up and only takes 6-8 minutes on the grill for a quick and impressive lunch or dinner meal. Serve with a fennel and herb salad along with grilled flatbreads to mop up those sumptuous juices.
Andrew Rea’s Gas-Grill Smoked Ribs
This YouTube star and chef of his cooking show Binging with Babish offers a quintessentially classic and beloved BBQ dish: smoked ribs. It’s a powerhouse punch of flavour thanks to a spice mix that includes chili, ginger, garlic, onion, sage, oregano, mustard, sugar, and paprika. Then, it’s slathered with plenty of homemade BBQ sauce. Serve with the usual suspects: cornbread, baked beans, slaw, salad.
Dennis Prescott’s Traeger Smoked Short Rib Steamed Baos
Chef and host of Netflix’s Restaurant On The Edge offers up his Smoked Short Rib Steamed Baos with Quick-Pickles & Sriracha Mayo. All nestled in a white and squishy bun, the fatty-smoky-sweetness of the ribs is counterbalanced with the tang of the pickles, and rounded off with a spice kick from the Sriracha. We call this one some fine multi-layered magic in your mouth. Needs no other accompaniments.
Derek Dammann’s Carrot Salad with Pistachio & Yogurt
Who says that meat always has to be on centre stage? Even for the most staunch of carnivores, this dish is a star and will win them over. And why not – it has so much going for it: it’s a triple threat of textural pleasures, thanks to the spiced pistachio crunch, creamy tang coming off of the yogurt dressing, and of course – the smoked, caramelized sweetness from the heirloom carrots. This dish pairs well with grilled shrimp skewers.