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Updated on October 16, 2016
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Elsie is a kiwi living in New Zealand, enjoys sharing articles of her country. Land of the long white cloud. First country to see a new day.

Barbecue Steak


Barbecues, isn't that a great thought?

It is now mid-spring 2016 here in the southern hemisphere, still with the cold weather, in fact, we had a fresh coating of snow on Mount Egmont/Taranaki in New Zealand last night, but these days you can still have a barbecue indoors, or with Daylight Saving here the evenings are longer but still not warm, you can have weekend tea, late in the afternoon while the sun is shining and have a late supper.

In the northern hemisphere, you will all be settled in with late autumn go and enjoy those warm evenings before winter arrives.

Christmas is still a couple of months away and barbecues will be on the list as we enjoy our holidays at the beach, which will not come quick enough for me, had enough of winter and spring still too many rain days.

BBQ Ribs Recipe by the BBQ Pit Boys

Barbecue Ribs recipe?

The above video is very good to watch if you are not sure how to do it.

In this classic BBQ Pit Boys vid, you'll learn the "tips and tricks" on how to BBQ tender and juicy pork Spare Ribs on your charcoal grill in as little as 3-4 hours.

Tortilla salad baskets
Tortilla salad baskets

Tortilla salad baskets

Tortillas refer to Mexican flat bread made from either flour or cornmeal.

Tortillas are a great way to serve any type of salad or accomplishment with a barbecue sausage or steak, you just pick it up with your fingers, (using it like a container), while you are chewing your barbecued meat.

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 20 min
Yields: six


  • Olive oil
  • 6 tortillas
  • 200 grams shaved ham or pastrami
  • 6 cherry tomatoes - halved
  • 100 grams mesclum - baby salad leaves


  1. Method:
  2. 1. Heat oven to 180 c.
  3. Spray a six hole texas muffin tin with oil.
  4. Lightly spray the tortillas with oil.
  5. Push one tortillas into each hole of the muffin tin to form a basket - cut tortillas down a little first to fit if neccessary.
  6. Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.
  7. Remove to cool completely.
  8. 3. Fill the crisp tortilla baskets with ham or pastrami, tomatoes and salad leaves.
  9. Drizzle with olive oil just before serving.
4 stars from 1 rating of Tortilla salad baskets

What are tortillas?

Tortillas can be eaten raw and are often used as a wrapping for salads, meat, vegetables and other fillings.

When baked, tortillas become firm and crisp, making an ideal basket for some of the same fillings.

Which make them ideal for eating with a barbecue.

Liven up the Barbie - You can rule the grill with any great idea with a beaut barbecue recipe.

Liven up the Barbie with this Pork Butterfly Steak Recipe.
Liven up the Barbie with this Pork Butterfly Steak Recipe.

When thinking barbecue you do not have to have sausages or steak on the barbie, there are so many creative ideas you can try.

A lot of dishes that you cook for indoor meals can easily be adapted to the barbecue.

From seafood to meats and veggie meals, just about anything, you only need to try, you will be amazed at what you come up with, even patties.

All you need to do when making patties is make sure that you combine the ingredients, mashing and pressing them together with your hands so that the mixture becomes fully amalgamated, they will hold together without crumbling when they are cooked if you do them this way.

Really it is a lot of trial and error, but even when you cook in the kitchen, you have failures, that the way we learn to be a great cook for your family to come home for a meal for years to come.

Here's the recipe.

Pork Butterfly Steak.

Marinate the pork in a large ceramic dish.

1 tablespoon fresh ginger,

1/4 cup light soy sauce,

1/4 cup mirin, (it's a rice wine used as a flavoring in Japanese Cooking.)

salt and freshly ground black pepper,

Cover and leave to marinate for 30 minutes.

  • Here's how to cook it.

Heat your barbecue, add a little oil to the hot plate and fry the pork over a medium heat for three or four minutes on each side until brown and cooked through.

Serve with a salsa on top.

  • To make salsa.

Slice a peeled mango flesh from the stone, and cut into 1cm cubes,

10 cherry tomatoes (quartered) and combine with small red chili (chopped and seeds removed),

juice of two limes,

2 tablespoons shredded fresh mint leaves.

Season with salt and pepper and toss well.

Serve the salsa on top of the pork.

The Art of Grilling: How to Grill a Steak

Learning to Barbecue a steak

This video is very useful for a beginner learning to barbecue (or Grill) a good steak.

Let's face it, it is something you have to learn as it's experience that teach you how to cook the perfect steak.

Grilled T-Bone Steak Recipe by the BBQ Pit Boys

Wolfgang Puck Indoor Electric Reversible Grill & Griddle

For years, celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck has entertained the Hollywood elite at his Beverly Hills restaurant, Spago.

Now you can do the same in your own home.

Excellent for those living in the northern hemisphere, now its winter you can still have your tasty grill right there in your house.

Who does the cooking on the Barbecue? - You or your husband (Partner).

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    • LynetteBell profile image


      5 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      My husband of course...he wouldn't let me near it! I love that you use the autumn theme for us here in NZ. lol...It's mid winter Christmas for us!

    • JeromyS7 profile image


      5 years ago

      I do most of the barbecuing, thank you! :) An essential part of summer!

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      5 years ago

      My husband does the BBQing... maybe that's why I enjoy it so much! ;-) Your recipes always sounds SO GOOD.

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      6 years ago

      I am the one who barbecues around our house. My wife doesn't mind it at all.

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      bilafond lm 

      6 years ago

      Very nice ideas to experiment. I am the one who BBQs. Thanks

    • SpenceG profile image


      6 years ago

      These pics are yummy! Especially the pork butterfly steak. And I do the bbq'ing around here.

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      Darcie French 

      6 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      I really like the "easily portable outside" angle - I'm the one who does the prep and cleaning :)

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      6 years ago

      I am proud to say i am mad in searching different dishes..:),,really enjoyed the lens..goin to experiment some of these stuffs....:)

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      6 years ago

      I am doing barbeque in a few hours!Great article!

    • spids1 profile image


      6 years ago

      Mmm looks delicious.

    • medassistant85 profile image


      6 years ago

      I do my own grilling. Everything is better on the grill.

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      6 years ago

      Men love to do the grilling.

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      6 years ago

      Great ideas, thanks!

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      winter aconite 

      6 years ago

      my partner....and he's very good at it!!!! lovely lens! Got to try the tortilla baskets, sound delicious!!!

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      6 years ago

      Usually me, but I burn stuff too much.

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      6 years ago

      I was just herein May and not at all surprised to see it featured on the front page, congratulations!

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      6 years ago

      Thanks for liking my one and only lens. I got 150 points. I am trying to learn the ways of Squidoo to maximize my lenses. I am very familiar with blogging through wordpress, but this is a new world to me.


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      6 years ago

      I do, and I am the husband. In fact, I got the honor of doing the Fourth of July grilling in 96 degree, muggy heat! Very nice lens!


    • Incaqueen profile image


      6 years ago

      Well wish I had a bbq now - something else to add to the list! Great recipe ideas and they have made me hungry!! I would hope it would be a way to rope the man into doing some of the cooking lol

    • spids1 profile image


      6 years ago

      Great lens looks delicious:)

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      6 years ago

      I would love to try those tortilla thing...

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      6 years ago

      very interestingly explain the way to use barbecue......wanna try this out my own and serve my little nephew..........thanks for the useful stuff

    • bwet profile image


      6 years ago

      I usually do the cooking... but I enjoy it!

    • BlackSunflowerB profile image


      6 years ago

      looks good

    • Gayle Dowell profile image

      Gayle Dowell 

      6 years ago from Kansas

      My hubby...going now to see if he'll light up the grill!

    • Rosaquid profile image


      6 years ago

      My husband and son-in-law are the experts around here!

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      OliviaDaughter LM 

      6 years ago

      Great lens. Thanks for sharing.

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      6 years ago

      damn i'm feeling a little hungry after this...

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      6 years ago

      So yummy!

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      ArthurF LM 

      6 years ago

      Oh its me, my wife does occasionally cook Chinese style BBQ though.

    • squidoogiftsfor profile image


      6 years ago

      I wish UK weather would at least try better, it's July here and like February!

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      6 years ago

      Can't wait to try some of these recipes out! Great job!

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      6 years ago

      I am a very bad cook. I hope my would be husband turns out to be a great cook

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      6 years ago

      love these recipes... looks delicious!

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      kburns421 lm 

      6 years ago

      Looks delicious!

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      Mary Norton 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      My husband loves to cook.

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      6 years ago

      This lens made me hungry. I do the cooking on the Barbecue.

    • rallo-smith profile image


      6 years ago

      I do and it's a summer favorite thing. I will be trying the tortilla shells.

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      6 years ago

      Love the tortilla shells! Nice lens.

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      poldepc lm 

      6 years ago

      I'm looking forward to have our yearly family bbq's in Spain, where we already several yrs in a row enjoy vacation in july

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      6 years ago

      Actually, we have done almost no grilling ever - but I certainly want to start after reading your article!!! Great job and kudos on making the BBQ monsterboard

    • HenkWillemse profile image


      6 years ago

      I always do, and my wife really enjoys my cooking, especially barbeque

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      6 years ago

      I love the tortilla salad baskets - so easy. Congrats on making the monsterboard.

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      6 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      I do the BBQing because I enjoy it. Yummy lens and Gratz on making the Monster Boards!

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      6 years ago

      Very nicely done, and I like the looks of these recipes. Thank you for sharing. I added this as a featured lens on my Griling Ideas, hope that helps. Blessed!

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      6 years ago

      My husband is king of the barbeque. Not sure how it happened, but once married, I lost all my grilling skills. :)

    • Didijudy profile image


      6 years ago from Canada

      I do the BBQ. Wish my hubby would! lol

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      6 years ago

      I want to grilleda T-bone Steak because of this Lens!!

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      6 years ago

      I love the beginning of barbecue season.

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      6 years ago

      Well, I'm certainly hungry now... great lens! Blessed by a SquidAngel! (Also, the answer is: we take turns!)


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