Successful barbecues offer a mix of traditional and unusual flavours, to suit all-comers. These quick and easy recipes do just that.

Spicy Corn Cobs

Blend a teaspoonful of curry powder, some drops of Tabasco, and salt and pepper into an ounce of butter. Spread this thinly over cooked corn cobs, and wrap a rasher of bacon around each one. Secure with a cocktail or kebab stick. Cook for 5 minutes.

Stuffed Steak

Using thin minute steaks, spread the selected stuffing over one half of the meat, then fold the steak over, sandwich-style. Secure with a toothpick and brush with oil or melted butter. Cook thoroughly right through. Stuffings can be any combination of breadcrumbs, chopped onion or garlic, red or green peppers, tomatoes, sausage meat, mushrooms, apple, celery, chestnut puree, almonds, raisins, herbs and seasoning.

Traditional Burgers

For delicious basic burgers brush with oil first and do not overcook. To be different, add herbs to the oil, or serve with redcurrant jelly.

Cheesy chops

Brush some pork chops with oil, then coat with mixed breadcrumbs and grated cheese. Cook for 12 minutes. Be careful not to overcook your pork chops as they can become tough.

Kebabs

Traditionally a mixture of meat, onion, tomato, peppers and mushrooms on a stick. Try variations with pieces of frankfurter sausage, cucumber, celery, carrot, olives, mango, apple, orange, and banana.

Prawns

Prawns can be cooked with or without batter. To vary the traditional and tingle your tastebuds further, brush the raw prawns with a mixture of white wine and chopped parsley before cooking for 5-6 minutes

Banana Delight

Cook bananas, in their skins, till blackened. Peel, and sprinkle on lemon and sugar. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream. Chopped nuts, chocolate sauce, or a dash of rum or Bailey’s Irish Cream can be added.