Christmas Day is approaching fast. It’s time to start thinking about the menu for one of the best feasts of the year. This year, instead of doing the traditional meal that usually involves baking in the oven why not take all the cooking duties outdoors and perform them on the barbecue. Your Weber BBQ is more than just a grilling machine. In this post, we will give you some ideas for the Christmas BBQ that are less traditional and a little outside the box.
Forget the traditional turkey because this Christmas it’s all about the duck. Take a whole duck and stuff the inside with mango, herbs, and rice then pop it on the rotisserie on the barbecue and cook low and slow. If you don’t have a rotisserie, a baking dish will suffice. Make a glaze out of honey and soy sauce and baste every half an hour to keep and the duck moist and lock in the flavours. Of course, all these flavours can be substituted with others to your liking. The result is a tender, juicy duck that melts in your mouth.
Twice Cooked Potatoes
These will go perfectly with the duck. First, you parboil some baby potatoes. Then take the fat and drippings from the cooked duck and finish them off in a cast iron skillet on the barbecue until golden brown.
Spinach, Coriander, and Cranberry Salad
This is a super simple salad that will complement the duck perfectly. Mix the spinach and coriander. Finely chop some dry cranberries and finish off with a dressing of olive oil, lime juice, salt, and pepper if your feeling decadent add some cheese. I find that creamy young cheeses work best such as mozzarella or even gouda.
You can’t have a Christmas BBQ without seafood. So for our next dish, we will go with prawns. The most important part of this dish is the marinade/glaze. It’s a delicious quick and easy dish that is sure to be a crowd pleaser.
You’ll need prawns- the bigger, the better. Then thread them onto a skewer. This makes them easier to cook and easier to baste whilst cooking.
Then you’re to mix olive, green chillies, coriander, honey, and soy. The ratios aren’t too important do it to your liking as long as your mixture has enough liquid to marinate and then baste the prawns with while cooking. Add your prawns and make sure the mixture covers all of them. Leave them to sit for a few hours, and they are ready for the barbecue.
Take the skewers and cook them on high heat on the barbecue while basting with the marinade the whole time. Prawn only take a few minutes to cook so you will have to work fast.
Again, the flavours can be substituted. These recipes are somewhat Asian inspired, but you could easily mix and match the flavours to liking.
Hopefully, these recipes have got you thinking outside of the traditional Christmas Feast Box. If you need any further BBQ tricks or tips, contact one of our service professionals at Home Heat and BBQ, and they will steer you in the right direction.