Not Your Average Summer BBQ

Summer is here in full swing! The kids are out of school, allowing more time for family fun. The weather is warm, providing ample opportunities to be outside. And people’s schedules seem to be just a bit more flexible and relaxed, so what better way to spend some quality time than to throw a party to bring all of your favorite people together?

While nothing says “summertime” better than burgers and hot dogs or steaks and baked potatoes on the grill, we’ve put together some inspiration for alternative cookout menus from around the world since everyone loves a good barbecue!

South of the Border Fiesta

Fresh from the grill: Chorizo sausage; Chicken quesadillas

Sides: Mexican rice with peppers and onions; Blue corn and tortilla chips with seven-layer taco dip and guacamole

Dessert: Tres Leches cake

Drinks: Margaritas, Dos Equis

Australian Barbie

Fresh from the grill: Sausage sangers (sandwiches); Chicken sangers with Barbie sauce

Sides: Grilled veggies

Dessert: Anzac biscuits

Drinks: Foster’s beer, Australian wines

Hawaiian Luau

Fresh from the grill: Hawaiian beef kebabs and Mahi Mahi kebabs with green peppers and pineapple

Sides: Tropical fruit salad; Pacific Coast cole slaw

Dessert: Coconut cream pie

Drinks: Tropical Rum Punch

Latin Celebration

Fresh from the grill: Carne Asada; Fish Tacos

Sides: Black bean and corn; Paella

Dessert: Flan

Drinks: Mojitos

Big Fat Greek Cookout

Fresh from the grill: Chicken Souvlaki and Veggie Souvlaki skewers; Shish kebabs

Sides: Spanakopita; Greek salad

Dessert: Baklava

Drinks: Ouzo Lemonade

Asian Fusion

Fresh from the grill: Chicken yakitori, Steak teriyaki

Sides: Sesame noodles with peanut dressing, Sushi

Dessert: Vanilla ice cream with lychee fruit

Drinks: Sake


Fresh from the grill: Bratwurst with Dijon mustard and rolls; Roasted suckling pig and pulled pork

Sides: German potato salad; Red cabbage salad with apples and onions; Potato pancakes with applesauce

Dessert: Apple strudel

Drinks: Gluhwein, Lowenbrau beer


Michael Evans

Michael Evans is chef-owner of Helga’s Caterers, a family-owned, full-service catering company with over 35 years of experience in providing fine food and excellent service for all of your catering needs throughout the D.C. Metro Area.

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