Sun shining, heating off, surely it’s time to clean the BBQ?

I feel BBQ season is upon us, yes, I’m a typical Brit, as soon as the sun puts it’s hat on I’m convinced it’s summer even if it’s only 15 degrees and breezy.We haven’t managed to dust off the BBQ just yet. I don’t feel it’s my job and my husband is very busy at the moment, I’ll be waiting a while until it’s done.  I enjoy a simple marinade on meat when it’s cooked outdoors, so here are my favourites and fail safe ones I use all the time.


  • 1 lemon squeezed
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • pinch of oregano
  • 1 large clove of garlic minced

Mix together and marinade boned chicken thighs or breast, this is probably enough for three to four chicken thighs or two large breasts.  To get the best results it needs to be marinated for at least an hour.


  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 1 tablespoon of soy sauce
  • pinch of oregano

Again mix together and marinade pork steaks, about two to three will be covered well.  This one isn’t mine, it’s a friends recipe and I’ve roughly guessed the quantities but it’s delicious and easy to make.


With beef I normally have this neat, we rarely have it so I enjoy the taste.  If I was to add flavour only garlic and olive oil would be used.


  • slices of lemon
  • fresh coriander

I’d only put fresh mackeral on the BBQ, so I’d slice it open and place lemon slices and fresh coriander inside and drizzle olive oil on the outside.

We’re so close, yet so far from using our BBQ, I’ll have to settle for the griddle plate on the hob for the next month and I won’t be suprised if the heating is back on next week.

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