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4 Gourmet Sauces To Elevate Your Summer BBQ This Year

Welcome to La Boucherie, your ultimate destination for an exceptional BBQ experience. Our extensive range of high-quality meats, from juicy beef cuts to tantalising burgers and pre-marinated options, sets the stage for a mouthwatering feast. But why settle for ordinary when you can elevate your BBQ to extraordinary heights with a homemade gourmet sauce? In this article, we invite you to explore La Boucherie‘s collection of fresh and delicious sauces, including Chimichurri, Tzatziki, Basil Pesto, and Teriyaki. Discover how these sauces, meticulously crafted with the finest ingredients, can transform your BBQ into a flavourful sensation.

At La Boucherie, we understand that a remarkable BBQ experience goes beyond the meat selection. It’s the attention to detail, the harmonious flavours, and the ability to create sauces that elevate the entire affair. That’s why we’re excited to share our gourmet recipes with you. In the upcoming sections, we will guide you through the preparation of Chimichurri, a vibrant and herbaceous sauce; Tzatziki, a cool and creamy delight; Basil Pesto, a fragrant and fresh option; and Teriyaki, a sweet and savoury creation. Not only will we provide easy-to-follow recipes, but we’ll also offer suggestions on which La Boucherie BBQ meats pair perfectly with each sauce. Get ready to embark on a culinary journey that will take your BBQ to new heights of flavour and impress your guests with unforgettable taste experiences.

4 Delicious Sauces To Elevate your Grilled BBQ Meat

1.    Chimichurri

Bring a burst of vibrant flavours to your BBQ dishes with this homemade chimichurri sauce recipe. Originating from Argentina, this zesty and herbaceous sauce is the perfect pairing to grilled meats, roasted vegetables, or even as a vibrant dressing for side salads. Follow this simple recipe to create a tangy and fresh chimichurri sauce that will take your BBQ meals to a whole new level of deliciousness.

  • 1 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (adjust to taste)
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • In a bowl, combine the finely chopped parsley, cilantro, and minced garlic. This trifecta of herbs will provide the base flavours for your chimichurri sauce.
  • Add the red wine vinegar to the herb mixture. The acidity of the vinegar will help brighten the flavours and provide a tangy note.
  • Slowly drizzle in the extra-virgin olive oil while whisking or stirring continuously. The olive oil will bring a smooth and rich texture to the sauce, as well as help to balance the acidity.
  • Sprinkle in the fresh oregano leaves. The aromatic essence of oregano will add depth and complexity to the sauce.
  • Add the red pepper flakes to your desired level of spiciness. This ingredient is optional but adds a pleasant kick to the sauce. Adjust the amount according to your personal taste preferences.
  • Season with salt and black pepper to taste. This step allows you to fine-tune the overall flavour profile of the chimichurri sauce.
  • Stir all the ingredients together until well combined. Make sure all the herbs, garlic, and spices are evenly distributed throughout the sauce.
  • Let the chimichurri sauce sit at room temperature for at least 15 minutes to allow the flavours to meld together. For even more robust flavours, refrigerate the sauce for a few hours or overnight.
  • Before serving, give the sauce a good stir. This will redistribute any settled ingredients and ensure each spoonful bursts with the delightful combination of flavours.
  • Drizzle or spoon the chimichurri sauce over grilled steaks, chicken, roasted vegetables, or use it as a refreshing dressing for salads. The sauce can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Pair with Beef Cuts

When it comes to pairing sauces with BBQ beef cuts, Chimichurri stands out as an exceptional choice. This vibrant and herbaceous sauce originates from Argentina and adds a burst of fresh flavours to grilled meats. The zesty combination of parsley, garlic, oregano, and tangy vinegar creates a perfect balance that beautifully complements the rich and smoky flavours of BBQ beef cuts.

Whether you’re grilling a juicy Angus burger, a tender tomahawk, or a succulent T-bone steak, Chimichurri adds a delightful contrast and enhances your overall BBQ experience. The bright green colour and robust flavours of Chimichurri make it an enticing addition to any BBQ gathering, infusing each bite with a tantalising combination of freshness and depth. Prepare to be amazed as the herbaceous notes of Chimichurri elevate your BBQ beef cuts to a whole new level of deliciousness.

2.    Tzatziki

Indulge in the refreshing flavours of Greece with this homemade tzatziki sauce recipe. Bursting with coolness and creaminess, tzatziki is a versatile sauce that compliments a wide range of dishes. Whether you’re serving it alongside BBQ grilled meats or as a dip for fresh veggies, this recipe will guide you in creating a delicious and authentic tzatziki sauce that will transport your taste buds to the sunny Mediterranean.

  • 1 cup Greek yoghurt
  • 1 medium cucumber, peeled, seeded, and finely grated
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh mint (optional)
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Start by preparing the base of this tantalising tzatziki sauce. In a bowl, combine the Greek yoghurt, minced garlic, and fresh lemon juice. The Greek yoghurt provides a rich and creamy texture, while the garlic and lemon juice infuse the sauce with bold and tangy flavours.
  • Take the peeled cucumber and finely grate it using a box grater or food processor. This step ensures that the cucumber blends seamlessly into the sauce, adding a refreshing crunch and subtle sweetness.
  • Squeeze out any excess moisture from the grated cucumber using a clean kitchen towel or your hands. This step is crucial to prevent the sauce from becoming watery.
  • Add the grated cucumber to the yoghurt mixture and stir well to combine. The cucumber will bring a burst of freshness to the sauce, balancing the creamy texture and adding a delightful crunch.
  • Drizzle in the extra-virgin olive oil and mix it into the sauce. The olive oil contributes a luscious mouthfeel and enhances the overall Mediterranean flavours.
  • Add the chopped fresh dill to the sauce, stirring it in gently. The dill adds a distinctive herbaceous note that is quintessential to authentic tzatziki sauce.
  • For an optional burst of additional flavour, add the chopped fresh mint. This herb provides a refreshing and aromatic element to the sauce, but you can omit it if preferred.
  • Season the tzatziki sauce with salt and black pepper to taste. Start with a pinch of salt and a few cracks of black pepper, then adjust according to your personal preference.
  • Once all the ingredients are thoroughly combined, refrigerate the tzatziki sauce for at least 1 hour to allow the flavours to meld together. This chilling time allows the sauce to develop its full potential and ensures a cool and refreshing taste experience.
  • Serve the homemade tzatziki sauce chilled alongside grilled meat or as a dip for fresh vegetables. It can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Pair with Grilled Lamb

Tzatziki sauce is a match made in culinary heaven for grilled lamb. The cool and tangy flavours of Tzatziki beautifully complement the rich and savoury taste of grilled lamb, creating a harmonious balance that tantalises the taste buds. Whether you’re grilling lamb koftas, lamb sausages, or a juicy leg of lamb, the creamy texture and herb-infused flavours of Tzatziki have the ability to elevate the meat to new heights.

The refreshing cucumber and lemon notes of the sauce cut through the richness of the lamb, creating a perfect contrast that enhances every bite. Prepare to be delighted as the Tzatziki sauce adds a touch of Mediterranean flair and transforms your BBQ lamb into a culinary masterpiece that will impress your guests and transport them to sunny Greek shores.

3.    Basil Pesto

Indulge in the vibrant and aromatic flavours of fresh basil with this homemade basil pesto sauce recipe. Bursting with the essence of summer, this versatile sauce adds a burst of freshness and herbaceous goodness to pasta, sandwiches, salads, and more. Follow this simple recipe to create a delightful basil pesto sauce that will elevate your dishes and transport your taste buds to Italy.

  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (adjust to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper (adjust to taste)
  • Begin by gathering your fresh basil leaves, ensuring they are clean and dry. The vibrant green colour and distinct aroma of fresh basil are essential for the authentic flavour of the pesto sauce.
  • In a food processor or blender, add the fresh basil leaves, grated Parmesan cheese, pine nuts, and minced garlic. The combination of these ingredients will create a harmonious blend of flavours and textures.
  • Pulse the mixture a few times to break down the ingredients. This will help to combine the flavours and begin the process of creating a smooth and creamy pesto sauce.
  • While the food processor or blender is running, slowly drizzle in the extra-virgin olive oil. The olive oil adds a luxurious richness to the sauce and helps to bind the ingredients together.
  • Continue blending until the ingredients are well combined and the sauce reaches your desired consistency. For a smoother sauce, blend for a longer duration. If you prefer a chunkier texture, blend briefly.
  • Season the basil pesto sauce with salt and black pepper to taste. Start with a small amount of salt and pepper, then adjust according to your preference. The salt enhances the flavours, while the black pepper adds a hint of warmth.
  • Once the sauce reaches the desired consistency and taste, transfer it to a jar or airtight container. This will help to preserve its freshness and flavour.
  • To maintain the vibrant green colour of the basil pesto sauce, press a sheet of plastic wrap directly onto the surface of the sauce before sealing the container. This prevents oxidation and keeps the sauce looking appetising.
  • The basil pesto sauce is ready to be enjoyed immediately, but it can also be refrigerated for up to one week. If refrigerating, drizzle a thin layer of olive oil on top before sealing to maintain the sauce’s freshness.
  • Serve the homemade basil pesto sauce tossed with pasta, spread on sandwiches, drizzled over roasted vegetables, or as a flavorful dip for bread. Let your creativity soar as you explore the various ways to incorporate this delectable sauce into your culinary creations.
Pair with Grilled Chicken

When it comes to Basil Pesto sauce, nothing beats its versatility and ability to enhance a variety of dishes. This fragrant sauce, made with basil leaves, pine nuts, garlic, Parmesan cheese, and olive oil, pairs exceptionally well with grilled chicken. The vibrant and herbaceous notes of the Basil Pesto beautifully complement the tender and smoky flavours of grilled chicken, creating a harmonious balance on the palate.

Whether you’re grilling chicken breasts, drumsticks, sausages or kebabs, the Basil Pesto sauce adds a delightful twist that takes your BBQ chicken to a whole new level of deliciousness. The combination of the herbaceous basil, nuttiness from the pine nuts, and the richness of Parmesan cheese creates a sensational taste experience that will impress your guests and leave them wanting more. So, fire up the grill, prepare your chicken, and let the aromatic flavours of Basil Pesto elevate your BBQ to a memorable culinary affair.

4.    Teriyaki

Add an irresistible touch of sweet and savoury to your dishes with this homemade teriyaki sauce recipe. Bursting with flavour and versatility, teriyaki sauce is a staple in Japanese cuisine that enhances the taste of grilled meats, stir-fries, and glazes. Follow this simple recipe to create a delightful teriyaki sauce that will elevate your culinary creations and transport you to the heart of Japan.

  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup mirin
  • 1/4 cup sake
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch (optional, for thickening)
  • In a saucepan, combine the soy sauce, mirin, sake, brown sugar, honey, minced garlic, and grated ginger. These ingredients form the foundation of the teriyaki sauce, providing a harmonious balance of sweetness and umami flavours.
  • Place the saucepan over medium heat and stir the mixture until the sugar and honey have dissolved completely. This ensures that all the ingredients are evenly incorporated.
  • Bring the mixture to a gentle boil, then reduce the heat to low. Allow the sauce to simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. This simmering process allows the flavours to meld together and intensify.
  • If you prefer a thicker consistency for your teriyaki sauce, prepare a cornstarch slurry by mixing one tablespoon of cornstarch with an equal amount of water. Gradually add the slurry to the sauce, stirring constantly until the desired thickness is achieved. Simmer for an additional minute to cook off the cornstarch taste.
  • Remove the saucepan from the heat and let the teriyaki sauce cool to room temperature. As it cools, the sauce will thicken slightly, enhancing its clingy texture when used as a glaze or marinade.
  • Transfer the teriyaki sauce to a jar or airtight container for storage. It can be refrigerated for up to two weeks, allowing the flavours to meld and deepen over time.
  • Use the homemade teriyaki sauce to glaze grilled chicken, beef, or salmon, or incorporate it into stir-fried vegetables and noodles. Marinate your choice of protein in the sauce for a few hours or overnight for an extra flavour boost.
  • To further enhance the taste, you can brush some teriyaki sauce on your meats or vegetables during the cooking process to create a delicious caramelised coating.
  • Feel free to experiment with the teriyaki sauce by adding a splash of citrus juice, a dash of sesame oil, or a sprinkle of red pepper flakes to customise the flavours according to your preference.
  • Enjoy the mouthwatering combination of sweet and savoury as you savour each bite enhanced by this homemade teriyaki sauce. Let the flavours transport you to the authentic tastes of Japan in the comfort of your own kitchen.
Pair with Pork

Get ready to unleash the mouthwatering magic of Teriyaki sauce as it ignites a fiery love affair with succulent pork on the BBQ. The sweet and savoury flavours of Teriyaki sauce beautifully complement the natural richness of pork, creating a delectable combination that will have your taste buds dancing with delight. Whether you’re grilling pork chops, collar steaks, or succulent sausages, brushing them with a luscious coat of Teriyaki sauce adds a burst of flavour and creates a tantalising caramelised glaze on the meat.

The soy sauce, ginger, garlic, and sweetness in the Teriyaki sauce perfectly balance the savoury notes of the pork, resulting in a mouthwatering union of flavours. Prepare for a culinary experience that will have you savouring every juicy and flavorful bite of BBQ pork glazed with Teriyaki sauce. Get ready to impress your guests with this irresistible pairing that brings the essence of Asian-inspired BBQ to your table.

Get Started with La Boucherie

Undeniably, La Boucherie is the ultimate destination to elevate your summer BBQ experiences. With an impressive range of gourmet meats sourced from around the world, we offer the finest cuts that will impress even the most discerning palates. From the exclusive Sashi Beef, winner of the prestigious ‘World’s Best Beef’ award, to the tantalising WAGYU, Angus, and Argentinian beef, La Boucherie provides a variety of options to satisfy your refined taste buds.

Yet, apart from offering an exceptional selection of meats, La Boucherie also excels in its commitment to premium quality. Our team of knowledgeable meat connoisseurs ensures that every cut is of the highest standard. And the best part? La Boucherie‘s wholesale prices make gourmet meat accessible to all, proving that premium quality doesn’t have to come with a premium price tag.

With convenient online shopping and a welcoming butcher shop in Qormi, this unique butcher caters to all your needs. So, this summer, make your BBQ gatherings truly unforgettable with La Boucherie’s choices. From the first sizzle on the grill to the last bite of succulent meat, drizzled with freshly made homemade sauce, indulge in a culinary journey that will leave you craving for more.

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