7 awesome recipes for hosting the perfect summer barbecue

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Twisted: Unserious food tastes seriously good.

The barbecue gets a lot of bad press.

Though insects and the constant threat of sudden downpours both play their part, it’s the food that can really put a dampener on proceedings. Anemic burgers and cheap sausages are all well and good, but, with the best will in the world, are never going to set your taste buds on fire. What the barbecuers of the world need, apart from a sturdy anorak, is some foodie inspiration.

Fortunately, that’s where we come in. With a few twists on classic dishes, you can transform even the most standard collection of ingredients into something weird, wacky and truly tasty. Purists be warned – this is not a collection for those still wedded to the idea of warm ketchup, stale rolls and burnt barbecue steaks. This is for those who want to dream bigger with their grilling. Here are seven awesome recipes for hosting the perfect summer barbecue.

1. Buffalo Ribs

In America, a barbecue without ribs is like a wedding without a couple – a completely pointless gathering of people who would all rather be elsewhere. Don’t host this sort of party. Make ribs.

2. Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Popper Chicken Roll-ups

Chicken often doesn’t get the love it deserves at the barbecue, but as this recipe proves, it’s more than capable of holding its own. You had us at “Bacon Wrapped”.

3. Cheese Stuffed Bacon Burger Dogs

Burgers and barbecue are a match made in heaven, but there’s no reason to settle for a tried and tested formula. For a twist that will keep guests coming back for more, wheel out these sensational beefy dogs.

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4. Stuffed Pizza Burger

For those who like their burgers to be slightly more sensibly shaped, but to still stand out from the crowd, this comfort food crossover is the ultimate centrepiece. Try not to eat them all at once.

5. Garlic Bread Chips with Bacon Cheese Dip

As good as your grilling may be, your barbecue will only be as strong as your sides. This is why you need to keep guests happy with this awesome entree.

6. Jalapeno Popper Chicken Fries

Looking for something to load onto your plate that isn’t bacon wrapped or in a bun? These Jalapeno Popper Chicken Fries could well end up stealing the show.

7. Crispy Stuffed Mushroom Burger

A true pro knows that it’s not all about meat. These mushroom burgers can be made ahead of time and finished off as guests arrive to keep all your guests happy.

Battling the elements to barbecue for an expectant crowd is, unsurprisingly, stressful. You want to impress people whilst still serving food that they will all enjoy. This list is for anyone who wants some added oomph to their cooking with little danger of disappointing anyone who’s turned. We promise you, these dishes won’t let you down.

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