The Best Barbecue Ideas Around the World, 2021

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The winds of winter are starting to depart, the days are becoming longer, and the summer is well on its way; time to get the barbecue out and to start thinking of some grilling ideas! We all have our own way to prepare the perfect barbecue, but all around the world, there are various amazing restaurants, styles, and recipes to try. We’ve put together a list of some of our favorite barbecue ideas from around the world, and where to stay so you can enjoy them. So, keep reading, and prepare to be hungry at the end of it!

Head down under for the best Australian barbecue ideas

We can’t discuss the best barbecue ideas around the world without mentioning Australia, a country famed for its barbecued shrimp dishes and beach barbecues at Christmas. Barbecuing is more than just a fun way of cooking in Australia, it’s a time-honored tradition, and firing up the grill in the backyard for friends and family to tuck into some delicious meals is a firm favorite for a perfect summer’s day. To really get into the Aussie BBQ spirit, you’ll want to grill and smoke your meat in the best possible way with something like a Matador Radiant BBQ. Of course, to really enjoy a proper Australian barbecue, you should visit Australia and see first hand how they prepare one of their iconic “barbies”!

Shrimps on the barbie, one of Australia's best barbecue ideas

Indulge in a traditional Korean BBQ for some unique grilling ideas!

Korean BBQ is undoubtedly one of the most famous barbecue styles in the world, and they have some unique grilling ideas. In most major cities around the world, you’re sure to find a Korean restaurant that offers traditional Korean BBQ, and it will satisfy even the veteran barbecue fans out there. With thinly sliced meat for quicker cooking times, and seasoned with savory-sweet marinades to give it that unique Asian flavor, diners sit together around a grill and cook their own meat to taste. This communal cooking ethos adds to the experience of sharing a meal with friends and family. If you want to indulge in an authentic Korean BBQ, book a stay in these unique glamping tents with mountain views near Seoul for the perfect grilling vacation!

Try a traditional Korean BBQ

Book a trip to Austin, barbecue capital of Texas

Austin is already undisputedly one of the top places to visit in Texas. Famed for its live music scene, Austin, Texas, is a vibrant city with plenty to do and see. However, no trip to Austin would be complete without sampling some of the city’s incredible barbecue. With smokehouses and barbecue restaurants so popular that queues can often be seen stretching down the street, you’ll need to get to some establishments early to be guaranteed a space. For the perfect stay near Austin, book a stay in one of our unique tree house rentals, and enjoy visiting the city for some epic food and live music.

Stay in one of our tree house rentals and discover the best barbecue ideas in Austin, Texas

Bordeaux, one of the best barbecue spots in Europe

Bordeaux, France, is famous for a number of things; it’s beautiful architecture, world-renowned wines, and its food, although you’d be forgiven for not associating it with barbecue. However, a popular dish in Bordeaux is the éclade. This delicious seafood recipe is made from barbecued mussels cooked on a water-soaked board over a fire made from pine needles and hay. Served very simply with bread and butter, add a glass of local white wine, and you’re onto a winner for dinner. Add a unique twist to your French vacation with a stay in this stunning dome rental just outside of the city.

Enjoy a vacation in a unique dome rental near Bordeaux, France

Visit South Africa and tuck into a braai, one of the best barbecue ideas

South African food doesn’t get much better than a braai. This South African barbecue is also known as a shisa nyama, and are basically massive barbecues. Rivaling their counterparts in Australia for the title of best barbecue ideas in the world, a braai will typically have a large range of meats available, possibly even an ostrich steak. To get involved with this mouthwatering feast, visit South Africa for an unforgettable vacation.

A traditional South African Braai
Photo from African budget safaris

Barbecue ideas for a vegetarian cookout

The best barbecue ideas don’t have to revolve around steak and ribs. There are a number of incredible places to enjoy a vegetarian cookout. For some great veggie BBQ, a trip to Portland, Oregon, will give you the chance to try out Homegrown Smoker. The first vegan barbecue restaurant in America, it has been open for business for over 10 years now, and it’s famous for its vegan take on various barbecue favorites, including ribs made from seitan, smoked in an industiral-size smoker, and then glazed with a sticky, sweet sauce. With a stay in one of our amazing tiny house rentals just outside of the city, you can enjoy an escape into the great outdoors with a foray into town for an exceptional meal as well!

One of our tiny house rentals near Portland, Oregon

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