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Top 5 BBQ Ideas For This Easter

Top 5 BBQ Ideas For This Easter

Having the family over for Easter this year, along with all of those mouths that need to be fed? Or are you (fortunately) heading over to someone else's, but want to bring something more than the standard charcuterie board this time?

Easter is an absolutely ripper holiday. Four day weekend, family gatherings, kids running around collecting eggs, and far less of the typical stress and drama that usually comes with Christmas.
It’s casual, it’s fun, and it’s great for BBQing.

Whether it’s an entire extended family reunion, or just you and a few mates, one of the best ways to take advantage of the time off is a BBQ.

For some, this prospect can be stressful. Not only must we decide what to cook, we also want everyone to have a good time. That usually means making food that is delicious - and will keep Uncle Mike from heckling you from over the patio.

At Smokey Q, we understand the importance of delicious BBQing and the power it has to bring people together.
So whether you are the host with the most this Easter, or are wanting to bring a strong contribution to the sharing table, here are our Top 5 Easter BBQ ideas that will keep everyone happy for the whole long weekend.


1. Zesty Grilled Prawns

Iconic and Aussie, you cannot go wrong with this classic Aussie BBQ staple that will have the whole gathering picking away relentlessly. 

Buy some fresh prawns from your local grocer or defrost from frozen before drizzling olive oil all over. 

Sprinkle generously with a high quality salt-blend. We recommend Smokey Q’s Zesty Salt Blend, which combines high-quality Australian sea salt with the native lemon myrtle plant for perfectly zesty and tangy prawns. A squeeze of fresh lemon juice while grilling will grant additional zesty flavours.

Or, if you prefer your prawns a little more garlicy, a Salt-Pepper-Garlic salt blend will also do the trick - tasting and smelling amazing. 

Grill your prawns over a gas or charcoal barbecue on high heat (230°C-260°C) for about 2 minutes each side, before serving alongside your sauce of choice and some lemon wedges.

Super simple and sensational, zesty grilled prawns are a sure-fire hit at any outdoor BBQ gathering and are perfect for Easter.


2. Char-Grilled Chicken & Vegetable Skewers

Easy to serve, fun to make. Skewers are a BBQ gathering hit.

Chop up some chicken chunks and keep in a bowl.

Select some of your favourite veggies (we love capsicum, eggplant, onion, pineapple) and chop into similar sized chunks.

Drizzle olive oil over your chicken and coat generously in spices and seasoning. Smokey Q’s Chicken BBQ Rub is an ideal choice, balancing zesty sumac notes with kaffir lime, along with paprika, garlic and Italian herbs.  It goes with pretty much everything, but tastes particularly amazing on chicken (hence the name).
For added spice, adding a sprinkle of Chipotle BBQ Rub will give your skewers an authentic South-American kick that will smell and taste amazing.

Do the same with the vegetables before threading the chicken and veggies onto skewers (you can make some vegetable-only skewers for vegetarians/vegans). 

Lightly oil your grill gates and place on MED-HIGH heat (200°C-250°C) before grilling your skewers for between 8-11 minutes, turning sides every few minutes. Make sure your chicken is cooked through and that the skewers are lightly charred on all sides.

For added flavour, lightly glaze your cooked skewers in a quality BBQ sauce  and place on the heat again for a further 2 minutes to caramelise. 

Once served, these will vanish quickly.


3. Sticky BBQ Chicken Wings

Crunchy, sticky, tasty. Our Sticky BBQ Chicken wings will have your guests smiling ear-to-ear this Easter.

Start by preparing your barbecue for indirect cooking over medium-high heat (200°C-260°C)

In a large bowl, lightly coat your chicken wings with olive oil and season generously with any one of our favourite 3 rubs for chicken wings - Honey & Bacon if you want something sweet and salty, Chipotle BBQ for some Latin kick, or Chicken BBQ for a zesty and herby homerun.

We like to add some apple smoking wood chunks for these for extra smoky-sweetness, but this is simply an additional option.

Cook the chicken wings over indirect medium-high heat, with the lid closed, for 45 minutes or until golden and crispy

Brush your cooked wings with some Bull’s Head BBQ Sauce  or Cold Smoked Honey and cook for an additional minute or 2, creating sweet, sticky, absolutely irresistible chicken wings.

These wings are simple, easy, and taste absolutely amazing. The kids will lose interest in their Easter eggs in a second once these are brought out.


4. Roast Potatoes & Charcoal Corn Cobs

Roast spuds and charcoal corn cobs are a (relatively) healthy hit for any BBQ that will be popular with taste buds and arteries alike.

Pre-boil your potatoes before adding olive oil and generously sprinkling an SPG Blend or a BBQ rub (we recommend our chicken one) for ultimate flavouring. Roast at 180°C in an oven or on a weber kettle for about 50 minutes or until soft, turning occasionally (every 15-20 minutes or so). Serve on a plate and sprinkle with salt and herbs.

Drizzle olive oil over your washed corn cobs then coat with either a Chipotle or Charcoal seasoning rub.

Grill over a charcoal BBQ for ultimate charred flavours, although a gas BBQ will do fine (just add extra charcoal seasoning).
Grill until lightly charred before serving.



5. Whole Baked Fish w/ Lemon & Herbs

A whole baked or grilled fish is an absolute delight come Easter time. Whether you are religiously following the “no red meat” rule or not, a whole fish done well is a certified crowd-pleaser.

Buy a 500-800g whole fish from your local fishery (or catch it yourself - as we did, pictured above!).
Prepare your BBQ for indirect cooking over medium heat (190°C to 230°C: roasting setting). If you are using a Weber Q barbecue, set up your barbecue with a convection tray and trivet.

Prepare your fish as usual before stuffing the cavity with lemon slices and fresh herbs of your choosing. Drizzle some olive oil over the fish, and season generously with Smokey Q Zesty Sea Salt Blend. It is an absolute treat on fish.

Roast the fish over indirect medium heat, with the lid closed, for 30 to 45 minutes until cooked to your liking OR until the internal temperature has reached 54°C.
The internal temperature will continue to rise 3°C to 6°C while resting (final doneness temperature for whole fish is 57°C).

Once done, serve with a fresh salad.

You’ll have the entire Easter BBQ grinning from bunny-ear to bunny-ear.

Sensational Flavours Made Simple

For more tips, tricks, and to shop a range of BBQ seasoning rubs and sauces that are chef-designed and restaurant quality at affordable prices, check out the entire Smokey Q range here.

Bring out the chef within and upgrade your grill game with Smokey Q.

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Crystallisation of Honey

Crystallisation of Honey

Some honey of recent batches for our cold smoked honey has been crystalising lately due to many factors but is completely normal for this time of the year and is perfectly safe to consume.

The following information should help you understand about crystallisation of honey:
Over time, many types of honey will granulate, or crystallize. This is a natural process that can occur. The honey looks cloudy, and results in a separation with a liquid part on the top and a more solid, crystallized part on the bottom. Depending upon the original nectar source, this granulation or crystallization rate might differ from honey type to honey type, but it’s a normal occurrence, and not harmful in the least. This natural phenomenon happens when glucose (one of 3 main sugars in honey) spontaneously precipitates out of the supersaturated honey solution. The glucose loses water and takes the form of a crystal. The crystals form a lattice, which immobilises other components of honey in a suspension thus creating the semi-solid state. Many factors effect the crystallisation of honey – some batches never crystallise while other occur in a few days. Crystallisation can be stimulated by any small particles – dust, pollens, bits of very fine beeswax, propolis and air bubbles – that are present naturally in honey. These factors are also related to the type of honey and are influenced by how the honey is handled and processed. Additionally the composition of the various sugars in percentage terms changes in differing honey floral sources and that also effects the rate of Crystallisation.
Granulated (or crystallized) honey is just as safe to eat as non-granulated honey, but it can be easily restored to its natural state. Just warm up the container with the granulated honey in hot water. The crystals will melt and the honey will re-liquefy easily, although each time it’s re-heated, the honey will granulate slightly quicker than before.
Especially if you don’t use honey that often, it has the tendency to start to crystalize in the bottle and become hard. But, did you know that it doesn’t mean the honey has gone bad? It is quite easy to revive your crystalized honey so you can use it once again.
Get a bowl or measuring cup that is larger than the size of your honey container. Fill it with hot water, and then set your container of honey (make sure it is shut tight!) into the hot water. It will take about half an hour, but the honey will turn into liquid again, and the crystals will be gone.
Note: it is not recommended to microwave your honey container, as they are not microwave safe, and can even cause sparks. And it is also very easy to overheat honey in the microwave, so we recommend you heat your honey using the hot water method instead. PET packs are not suitable for Microwaves.
We trust this explains why it happens for you better.

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Bull's Head BBQ Sauce !

Our Sauce has dropped !


After 12 months in the making from trialling and testing It's finally launched!

"Bulls Head" BBQ Sauce! Available on our online store from tomorrow. Check your local suppliers and of they don't have it then tell them to place an order.



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We did it! Holy Shit!

We are the Western Australian Grand Champion's in the Pantry category for our Not Raw! Cold Smoked Honey,
"Burnt Bees" 🐝

Thankyou @whippersnapperdistillery for providing us with the award winning moonshine. 🏆🏆🏆

Credit to our incredible graphic designer who spends countless hours designing our labels @calabresecreative, Jake Calabrese this is yours too mate! Wish you were here to take credit. 👨‍💻

All of our hard work over the past 2 years has paid off! We are extremely proud of what we do and feel honoured to recieve this prestigious award.

Thankyou to our loyal customers and followers you are what makes our products winners 🙌

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When you buy #TheWestAustralian newspaper and see a story about yourself. 😬


Photo credit to @calabresecreative



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Afterpay is available now !

Afterpay is available now !

Shop Now. Pay Later. Interest-free

We have added afterpay at the checkout!

So if you want to stock up on our 1kg tub range you can Afterpay it. We have added this to our online store only.

Thank you for your ongoing support. Keep checking our news feeds on social for our new product launch.


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WA Honey

WA Honey

In light of the recent media hype concerning the sale of honey in Australian retail outlets; We'd like to advise our customers of a few facts.

Our suppliers factory is a BRC AA+ quality assured facility. As well as packing products for major supermarkets it is a state government quarantine facility, organic, halal, kosher and each of these entities require a separate audit. 

Our supplier guarantees full traceability from the hive right through to the processing and packing.

SmokeyQ would like to reassure all of its customers that the honey sourced to manufacture our "Burnt Bees" Cold Smoked Honey is 100% WA Honey. 


Paul Lange 

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We have kept this a little quiet as we are still very humbled. A few weeks ago we attended a Cocktail party for the Perth Royal Agricultural Society. Winners of the 2018 #perthroyalfoodawards were announced and we are excited to share with you our @smokeyq Fierce Bull Coffee rub won silver for pantry goods and we also won bronze for our yet to be released Smoked Chili Beer Mustard in pantry. In under 12 months we have achieved so much. Thank you to the loyal supporters of our proudly WA made products and last but not least Gesha Coffee for their amazing Fierce Bull blend we use in our coffee rub. 


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The Team at SmokeyQ are excited to be shipping our first international order to Scotland this week.

Thats right just because you're not in Australia doesn't mean you cant have the SmokeyQ rubs on your BBQ.

Message me direct and i will quote each order for freight costs to your door anywhere in the globe .


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SmokeyQ has sourced 100% local honey from beekeepers in Western Australia.The honey is then cold smoked using Murray River Redgum to give it that signature smokey flavour, and then we've added a splash of Crazy Uncle Moonshine from  Whipper Snapper distillery in Perth WA.

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