Family-friendly BBQ recipes on a £15 budget

We asked Ed + Pramit, accountants by day and food bloggers by night at @edit.eats, to merge their finance and food knowhow to come up with a family-friendly BBQ recipe that doesn’t break the bank

This is a traditional family BBQ, but on a budget as it comes in at just under £15. Every recipe is really easy to make and prepare, requiring only basic ingredients which can be found in any supermarket.

Chicken lollipops

Drumsticks are one of our favourite cuts of chicken, because the meat is so tender. A super easy, tasty recipe to make, and sure to be one of your new family favourites.


  • 6 chicken drumsticks

  • 1 tsp of salt

  • 1 tsp of pepper

  • 1 tsp of garlic granules

  • 2 tbsp of BBQ seasoning


  1. Take the drumsticks and carefully remove the skin at the top end using a sharp knife to give it that lollipop shape.

  2. For 6 drumsticks, season with 1 tsp salt, 1tsp black pepper, 1 tsp garlic granules and 2 tbsp BBQ seasoning.

  3. Let these sit for about 15-20 minutes to soak up all those flavours before sticking them on the bbq for about 20-25 mins or until 80% cooked.

  4. Generously coat the lollipops in BBQ sauce and cook for a further 10-15 mins to allow the sauce to caramelise

  5. Ensure that the chicken is fully cooked before serving.

Total cost: c. £2.00

Chicken, pepper and onion kebabs

Another delicious recipe - with an Asian twist! Chicken thighs marinated with soy sauce, white pepper and sesame beautifully charred on a white-hot BBQ.


  • 4 skinless + boneless chicken thighs

  • 1 tbsp soy sauce

  • ½ tsp white pepper

  • 2 tsp sesame oil

  • 1tbsp mirin*

  • 2 bell peppers

  • 1 onion


  1. Cut up 4 skinless and boneless chicken thighs into bite size chunks and marinate with 1tbsp soy sauce, 1/2 tsp white pepper, 2 tsp sesame oil and 1 tbsp mirin*

  2. Let these marinate for 30 mins (overnight would be ideal) before sticking them on some skewers along with slices of bell peppers and onion

  3. Next, simply place the skewers on the grill turning every 5 mins or so until beautifully charred and perfectly cooked!

*If you can’t find mirin, simply omit or substitute with some white wine

Total cost: c. £3.50

Lamb ribs

Lamb ribs are underrated and we don’t see them enough on BBQs - there is a misconception that lamb rib is a difficult meat to cook correctly but it doesn’t have to be!


  • 500g lamb ribs

  • 2 tsp salt

  • 2 tsp black pepper

  • 4 cloves of crushed garlic

  • Sprig of fresh rosemary


  1. Take about 500g lamb ribs and season with 2 tsp salt, 2 tsp black pepper, and 4 cloves of crushed garlic (or 2 tsp of garlic granules) and a sprig of fresh rosemary.

  2. Ensure the ribs are thoroughly and evenly coated with the seasoning, and let sit for at least 10-15 minutes.

  3. Grill for approximately 20 minutes in total, on each side or until golden brown.

Total cost: c. £3.50

Grilled pineapple

The crowd pleaser and the perfect way to end a BBQ! A classic, Brazilian-style grilled pineapple can almost guarantee happiness for everyone, regardless of who’s team is losing.


  • 1 pineapple

  • Sugar and cinnamon


  1. Simply slice up your pineapple into rings

  2. Generously season with some sugar and cinnamon

  3. Grill for 3-5 mins on each side and viola!

Total cost: £1.50

As it’s a family BBQ, we also added some old favourites to the mix - hot dogs and grilled corn for £4.50.

So there you have it – the recipe for a delicious family BBQ for under £15!

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