The best barbecue nibbles to serve at your next family BBQ

With the weather slowly showing some rays of sunshine and warmth, the feeling of taking out the BBQ and planning a family get together is in the air. If you’ve invited your family over for a first get together after these months apart, it’s important to make sure the food is top-notch. Good food, good company – what else do you need?

I’ve partnered up with Springvale Foods, wholesale fine foods, to share some of their favourite starter recipes to complement any family barbecue. Some appetiser combinations might seem strange, but we can assure you that these will be delicious!

Grilled shrimp lettuce wraps with mango salsa by Lynne Curry

The best barbecue nibbles to serve at your next family BBQ

An easy and delicious recipe that is perfect for a sunny Summer day. The shrimp is marinated in a beautiful Vietnamese sauce of lime juice and fish sauce, grilled and then added to lettuce leaves and topped up with a hint of spicy mango salsa.

Spanish melon with Serrano ham by The Spruce Eats

Spanish Melon with Serrano Ham

This no-cook tapas dish will look elegant on your table and taste incredible. The sweet honeydew melon will perfectly complement the salty Serrano ham. If you need a quick appetiser to serve at your family BBQ, this will be the perfect one!

Figs-in-a-blanket with goat’s cheese by Epicurious

Figs in a blanket with goat's cheese

Perfectly balanced puff pastry nibbles that boast the sweetness of figs with a spicy honey-glaze balanced by creamy and tart goat’s cheese. This vegetarian version of pigs-in-a-blanked will be a hit at your next family gathering! You can also use other cheeses to replace goat’s cheese.

Cuban Frita Sliders by For The Love Of Sazon

Cuban Fritta Sliders

Beef, chorizo and pork create the ideal combination of ground meat for the perfect Cuban Frita. The chorizo, spicy mayo and ketchup mixture add a tasty kick to the burger, which will make you want to have more than one… or two… or three.

Grilled halloumi with watermelon and basil-mint oil by Bon Appetit

Grilled halloumi with watermelon and basil mint oil

Cheese with watermelon? Don’t knock it until you try it. Refreshing, juicy and sweet watermelon paired with grilled salty halloumi and drizzled with basil-mint oil creates the perfect combo for a fabulous appetiser.

Which one is your favourite?

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  • Mosaic Murals

    May 21 at 7:05 pm

    yummmmm!!! BBQ season is here, I can’t wait to have my first one…Great suggestions.

    1. Sabina Green

      May 26 at 9:26 pm

      Just get your umbrella at the ready 😉

  • angela

    May 21 at 10:28 pm

    yummm !!yess i love BBQ so muchhhh!Thanks for sharing with us.

    1. Sabina Green

      May 26 at 9:27 pm

      We had LOADS of BBQs last year, the kids loved them.

  • catherine santiago jose

    May 22 at 4:53 am

    Everything looks delicious, and I am so excited to start this BBQ season with my family. Thank you!

    1. Sabina Green

      May 26 at 9:27 pm

      We are too, we just wish the weather would play along.

  • sambo

    May 22 at 9:25 am

    I love this one the most: Spanish melon with Serrano ham , I actually had tried this tapas before and love it.

    1. Sabina Green

      May 26 at 9:27 pm

      That is my absolute favourite as a starter dish, it reminds me of our honeymoon.

  • Emily Fata

    May 22 at 8:24 pm

    This was a really awesome informational resource! I learned a lot about what foods to serve, thanks for sharing!

    1. Sabina Green

      May 26 at 9:28 pm

      You’re very welcome, I’m pleased you found the post helpful.

  • Krysten Quiles

    May 24 at 3:05 pm

    Oooh yum, this all looks great. You’re making me hungry!

    1. Sabina Green

      May 26 at 9:28 pm

      Haha time to spark up the bbq then!

  • Cynthia Nicoletti

    May 25 at 1:23 pm

    Everything looks so good great ideas !!

    1. Sabina Green

      May 26 at 9:35 pm

      It will be so good to get the BBQ out again, won’t it?!

  • Yanitza

    June 1 at 10:26 pm

    I love the idea of the lettuce wraps. They look delicious and I think they’re great for a hot summer day.

    1. Sabina Green

      June 4 at 9:12 am

      They are delicious, we have had them a few times now and love them.

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