How to Have a Mexican-Inspired BBQ
Transform your garden into the perfect fiesta spot with our Mexican BBQ guide. Give your summer dining a fresh spin with delicious BBQ recipes, cooking tips and Mexican-inspired flavours picked to help you plan the best BBQ.
More Delicious Recipes
Twisted Smoky BBQ Chicken Nachos
Perfect for sharing this summer, try these Smoky BBQ Chicken Nachos from Twisted. All you need is some chicken, veggies, Original Nachips™, Smoky BBQ Fajita Seasoning Mix, Sliced Green Jalapeños and Squeezy Cool Soured Cream Topping.
Perfect your BBQ cooking temperatures with our guide.
- BBQ Cleaning Brush - Get started by giving your BBQ a good clean with a stainless steel cleaning brush, perfect for removing stubborn residue.
- Basting Brush - Add extra flavour with a basting brush, an easy way to spread oil, butter, marinades and more on your food.
- Oven Gloves - Safety first! BBQs can get hot fast, so keep your fingers safe with a strong pair of oven gloves to help you handle everything.
- Kitchen Tongs - BBQ tongs are essential for safely turning your food over the flames. We recommend stainless steel for the most durable and easy to clean.
- BBQ Spatula - Another must-have for easy BBQ'ing is a sturdy spatula - again, we'd recommend stainless steel to prevent food sticking to it.
- BBQ Fish Grill - Take the hassle out of cooking fish on the BBQ with a stainless steel fish grill, made for securing the fish in place.
Best Things to Cook on the BBQ
- Burgers and hotdogs: These classics are beloved by barbeques fans everywhere for a reason - they're super simple to cook and can be popped right on a bun when they're done.
- Steaks: Take your grilling up a notch with a lightly seasoned steak. Make sure your BBQ is really hot before starting so you can get that delicious sear - and don't be tempted to flip them too quickly.
- Vegetables: A well-charred vegetable is a wonderful thing. Slice them thinly for optimum cooking and season lightly with oil, salt and your favourite spice so you can enjoy the full flavour profile.
- Chicken: Butterfly breasts for a simple sandwich or chop into chunks to cook on a skewer, before sliding your chargrilled snack onto a wrap with plenty of delicious sauces.
- Fish and seafood: Because it tends to cook quickly, fish is a brilliant choice for a BBQ. A fish grilling basket is the easiest way to keep your fish intact, but wrapping it up in newspaper can work too!
- BBQ sides: You might think that the main dishes are the undisputed celebrities, but when it comes to a BBQ the sides are where the real stars are made. From salads to spicy corn on the cob, there’s plenty of BBQ sides to choose from.
HOW TO LIGHT A BBQ
First things first, choose the right kind of lighter. A long wand with a clickable trigger and a gas flame is great for keeping your fingers safe.
Next, you need to make sure you have an accelerant to get some flames going enough for the coal or briquets to light. Crumbly white firelighters are perfect, as are pieces of screwed up scrap paper such as newspaper.
Some bags of coal come with built in firelighters, so all you have to do is light the outside of the bag.
How to Cook on a BBQ
Be sure to wait until the BBQ has reached peak heat. You can control your temperature further by creating two different heat profiles for your BBQ. Simply pile your fuel on one side, so that you have a direct heat on one half and an indirect heat on the other. For things that need a little more cooking time sear first, then place on the cooler side to slowly reach perfection.
Don't overload your grill, make sure food is laid side by side and not crowded - this will help it cook more evenly. And remember that just because the outside looks very well done, it doesn’t necessarily mean your food is cooked through. For meat, check that the juices run clear (or use a thermometer) and give your vegetables a poke with a skewer to check they’re as soft as they need to be.
HOW TO CLEAN A BBQ
To make cleaning your BBQ as easy as possible, remove the grill and scrape off as much food residue as possible while it's still warm. Then, pop it in a tub with some soapy water and give it a scrub. You can also use half a lemon dipped in salt to scrub your BBQ clean without using any harsh chemicals.
Some grills are dishwasher safe, but a little bit of elbow grease goes a long way. Be sure to dry it off well and brush on a little vegetable oil to help prevent rusting.