Hooray!  Finally, the warm weather is on its way in time for the weekend - and we think there is nothing better than a barbecue in the garden on a nice sunny afternoon. So we've got some recipes here to help you enjoy the weather and the BBQ!


Alternatively, why not have a barbecue with friends and family in a country park in the beautiful South Downs.  The Queen Elizabeth Country Park in Hampshire is a fantastic place to have a barbecue with friends and family in a stunning location.  They have a number of family hearth areas in the forest which include a static barbecue and picnic tables and can be hired for 2 hour periods.  The hire cost is £10 per session and can cater for 10 people.  The park also has play areas for the children and some beautiful walks and scenery.  A truly fantastic day out.


Enjoy the sunshine!


Jerk Chicken



- 4 tbsp soy sauce

- 3 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

- 2 tbsp runny honey

- 125 ml vinegar

- 2 onions, grated

- 1 fresh green chilli deseeded, finely chopped

- 2 cloves garlic crushed

- 1 tbsp brown sugar

- 1 tbsp fresh thyme, finely chopped

- ½ tsp ground allspice

- ½ tsp nutmeg

- 1 tsp black pepper

- 4 chicken breasts



1. To make the marinade mix all the ingredients, except for the chicken, together in a bowl

2. Make slashes across the chicken, then cover with the marinade and place it in the fridge

3. Leave to marinate for at least an hour (the longer the better)

4. To cook, place the chicken on the barbecue and cook evenly for around 30 minutes, turning often

5. To check the chicken is cooked insert a skewer or fork, if the liquid runs clear its ready to eat!


Barbecue Ribs



BBQ Sauce

- 2 heaped tablespoons tomato ketchup

- 100g soft brown sugar

- 100ml low-salt soy sauce

- 100 ml white wine vinegar

- 2 cloves of garlic, minced

- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

- 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

- ¼ tsp salt

- 1 tsp paprika


- 2 racks of higher-welfare pork loin back ribs (about 1.6kg)



1. Preheat the oven to 200ºC/gas 6 and preheat the BBQ

2. Drizzle some oil over the ribs and season with salt and pepper

3. Mix all the BBQ sauce ingredients together in a pan and place over medium heat

4. Stir the sauce until the sugar dissolves, then simmer for 10 to 15 minutes to thicken the sauce

5. Put the ribs in a large roasting pan and brush with the marinade

6. Cover the roasting pan with foil and cook in the oven for 1 hour 20 minutes (total), or until the meat pulls away from the bone easily

6a. After 30 minutes in the oven baste the ribs with the marinade

6b. After 1 hour remove the foil, baste and cook uncovered

6c. After 1 hour 10 minutes baste the ribs again

7. Once your ribs are cooked and the BBQ is hot, transfer the ribs to the BBQ and cook over a medium-low heat for 5 to 10 minutes



Bon appetite!