This year, we are trying to make our British barbecue more exciting by using a wider range of recipes than the usual food that we seem to make each year. We have been experimenting with Simply Beef and Lamb’s Citrus Marinated Steaks recipe to add more flavours to our barbecue. Our BBQ Rump Steaks with Citrus Dip can be used with steaks in a variety of ways. We have also been trying out different potato side dishes.
Red Tractor Quality Beef
We always make sure that we buy farm assured quality beef by buying meat that has the Red Tractor logo on the packet. The Red Tractor logo means that the meat can be traced back to the farms the livestock came from. These farms meet comprehensive standards of hygiene, safety, environmental protection and animal welfare at every stage from farm to fork.
Hosting a BBQ
Inviting family around for a barbecue meant the usual, traditional menu ideas immediately came to mind. As we only have a few barbecues per year, I wanted to make this one extra special. I didn’t feel very inspired by the usual foods that I would serve and wanted to make something a bit more flavourful and impressive.
Impressive Flame Grilled Steaks
Steaks are so easy to cook and are perfect for the barbecue. I immediately felt inspired to make some marinades and dips to go with the rump steak that I had in the fridge. The steaks were cut into squares to put in ciabattas with our Summer Fruits Marinated Steak with Summer Fruits Chutney.
They were also cut into strips to dip into our delicious citrus dip. This citrus dip could also be used as a marinade for the rump steak or as a dressing to drizzle over steak kebabs. We also used the citrus dip as a dressing for some new potatoes. This led on to us making our Sundried Tomato and Mushroom New Potatoes recipe to serve too.
Steaks are so versatile that they can be enjoyed on their own or they can take on other delicious flavours as well. I hadn’t thought to put citrus flavours with beef before and I was pleasantly surprised by how delicious this combination tastes. You don’t see steaks on the barbecue very often but they add so much to it. From being impressive and special to being easy to cook and take on all sorts of flavours, steaks will definitely be much higher up my shopping list for barbecue foods in the future.
BBQ Rump Steaks with Citrus Dip
4 x 175g/6oz lean rump steaks
For the Citrus Dip:
1-2cam cube of fresh ginger, grated
100ml/3½fl oz fresh orange juice
1tbsp vegetable oil
Juice of 1 lemon
15ml/1tbsp dark soy sauce
4 spring onions, finely chopped
1tbsp chopped fresh thyme
Salt and freshly milled black pepper
Boiled new potatoes to serve.
1. Remove steaks from the fridge and put to one side. Boil some new potatoes for later.
2. Chop the spring onions and grate the fresh ginger.
3. Fry the ginger in the vegetable oil for about a minute. Add the spring onions and fry for a further minute. Keep some raw chopped spring onions to add at the end for a stronger flavour, if you wish.
4. Mix the thyme, orange juice, lemon juice, soy sauce and honey in a bowl. (Alternatively, you could use this to marinate the steaks at this point for 30 minutes to overnight then cook on the barbecue or on a griddle).
5. Add the liquid mixture to the pan.
6. Bring to the boil and then turn down the heat to low and simmer to thicken.
7. Set aside to cool.
8. Tenderise the rump steak. We made the steaks the same thickness for more even cooking.
9. Cut the steaks into strips and cook on the barbecue or on a griddle. We cooked ours for 4 minutes for medium.
10. Serve the strips of cooked beef with the citrus dip. You can also pour the dip over some pre-boiled potatoes to use as a dressing. Add extra raw spring onions for a stronger flavour, if desired.
Red Tractor’s Summer BBQ Giveaway
Red Tractor are giving away 70 barbecues, worth £200, this summer until 9th July. It is a very easy giveaway to enter and you can enter each day, if you like. You don’t have to wait around to know if you’ve won either, as you are notified straight away. You can find out more about how to enter here.
More Barbecue Inspiration
You can find more BBQ recipe ideas, information about beef and lamb as well as more about Red Tractor beef and lamb by visiting the Simply Beef and Lamb website. You can also search for the hashtag #RaiseTheSteaks.
Disclosure: This is a Collaborative Post with Simply Beef and Lamb and Red Tractor.