When grand final day rolls around, it’s like a national holiday for us Aussies. And unless you’re one of the lucky ones sitting at the MCG on game day, it wouldn’t be a true-blue Aussie celebration without a sizzling grand final BBQ.
With the AFL and NRL grand finals fast-approaching, I’ve dived into the world of mouthwatering recipe ideas that’ll make your AFL grand final BBQ an absolute ripper. Whether you’re a seasoned BBQ pro or just getting started, this blog will help make sure you’re kicking goals with your game day catering choices. So, grab your tongs, fire up the barbeque, and let’s get cooking!
Grand Final BBQ Ideas
Last year, we got some great barbequing weather and I’m definitely hoping we can look forward to the same this year.
Whether you’re looking to host a big bash or just have a few fellow footy tragics over, these recipes are sure to draw the crowds.
Check out my list of top recommendations below:
Sausage sizzle is an Australian classic that requires very little effort to prepare and always pleases the crowds. All you need for these are some bread rolls, snags, onion, and some condiments – as well as a barbeque, obviously. However, if you’re feeling lazy or have left your planning too late you can always pop over to Bunnings for a few cheapies.
The essential condiments for a sausage sizzle include:
Personally, I think the ideal sausage sizzle has grilled onion, tomato sauce, and mustard, but to each their own.
These are a great option if you’re looking for something to just slap on the barbeque that is more substantial than a sausage sizzle. The best part about making a burger is that you can customise them with various toppings, such as lettuce, tomato, onions, cheese, and sauces like BBQ sauce or mayonnaise. The list goes on!
This is another great option if you’re looking for something more substantial than a sausage sizzle without requiring any extra effort – or if some of your friends are afraid of carbs.
Pro tip: I recommend seasoning your steaks with a salt, pepper, and garlic rub before chucking them on the BBQ. For a medium-rare middle, flip after 3 or so minutes and leave on for only a couple more minutes before serving.
Whisk all ingredients together and use to marinate meat for 8-12 hours.
This is my personal favourite marinade and it is great with chicken.
Lamb chops are another popular choice, often seasoned with garlic, rosemary, and olive oil. However, if you’re looking for something even more mouth watering while still being easy to prepare, I can highly recommend our Nonna’s Spices rub.
If you’re looking to really impress, check out our delicious smoked rack of lamb recipe. A beautiful rack of lamb has never failed to get the crowds going.
For a more seafood-savvy crowd, BBQ-friendly classics include prawns, fish fillets, and calamari.
I love cooking BBQ dishes that feed the whole family. Some of my favourites include burgers, pulled pork, chicken wings and ribeye. I like to experiment with different cuts of meat, varying levels of smokiness, and delicious home-made sauces.