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Quick BBQ Meal Ideas to Make in a Pinch

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“Fuss Free” is the theme of this summer! The best sunny afternoons are spent poolside with friends and loved ones, eating mouthwatering BBQ dishes. Whether you want to impress with plant-based dishes or satisfy meat lovers, these four quick and delicious BBQ ideas will let you spend less time cooking and more time enjoying the day.

1. Plant-Based: Grilled Eggplant Steaks with Tahini Sauce

Slice eggplants into thick flat steaks, and brush the slices with olive oil or a neutral oil if you prefer. Season with salt, pepper, and smoked paprika. Toss on the grill until tender and perfectly charred on both sides. To serve, drizzle generously with citrusy tahini sauce and garnish with chopped parsley.

2. Meat-Based: Spicy Korean BBQ Beef Skewers

Cut beef sirloin into thin strips and marinate in a mix of soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic, ginger, brown sugar, and gochujang (Korean chili paste). Thread onto skewers and grill until caramelized and slightly charred. Serve with a side of kimchi, steamed rice, scallions, and a fried egg.

3. Chicken-Based: Greek Chicken Souvlaki

Cut chicken breast or boneless thighs into chunks and marinate in olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, oregano, Himalayan salt, and a touch of yogurt. Thread onto skewers and grill until golden and cooked through. Serve with warm pita bread, tzatziki sauce, and a simple cucumber-tomato salad for a Greek-inspired feast.

4. Fish-Based: Cajun Grilled Shrimp Tacos

Toss shrimp in a mix of olive oil, Cajun seasoning, and lime juice. Grill until pink and slightly charred. Serve in warm tortillas with shredded cabbage, avocado slices, and a zesty lime crema made with sour cream, lime juice, and cilantro for a spicy and refreshing taco night.


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