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9 Fair Dinkum Australia Day Recipes

Posted on Tuesday, January 22, 2013

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January 26th is almost upon us and the weather outlook for the long weekend looks perfect. But now it’s time to figure out what Australia Day Recipes will we be cooking up for our guests. We’ve put together a list of 9 Fair Dinkum Australia Day Recipes you’ll want to eat all year round, and don’t worry  we’ve got you sorted through to dessert!

Australia Day Recipes


Australia day wouldn’t be the same without some tender lamb on your plate. Here are 3 amazing recipes for our 3 favourite cuts. Chops, the rack and the hearty roast.

Rosemary Lamb Chops with Grill Roasted Potatoes

Australia Day Lamb Chop Recipe

This fantastic recipe from Weber lets you use your kettle or conventional BBQ grill to cook these chops and potatoes to perfection. With prep and grilling time totalling around 50 minutes, you’ll have your guest’s mouths watering from the start. Make sure to brush clean the grill grates before putting the potatoes on. Click here for the recipe and cooking instructions.

Mustard Crusted Rack of Lamb

Rack of Lamb for Australia Day

When prepared correctly, racks of lamb will not only taste amazing but also look beautiful. This recipe for Mustard Crusted Rock of Lamb is by Emeril Lagasse of The Essence of Emeril (On the Food Network). The recipe also includes fig chutney if you wish to indulge your guests even more! Click here for Emeril’s recipe and directions.

Roast Leg of Lamb

Roast Leg of Lamb Recipe

Lamb Roasts are an Australia Day Recipe staple for many families and with this easy recipe from Myfarelady on allrecipes.com.au you have no reason not to have it on your menu! With only 6 ingredients needed this simple yet succulent roast will definitely leave your guests wanting seconds. Click here for the recipe and directions on allrecipes.com.au.


We’ve all heard the phrase “Put another shrimp on the barbie”. Although it might make some of us cringe when said, we all know how good BBQ prawns taste.

Bronzed Ozzy Prawns

BBQ Prawns Recipe

Tony Iomazzo sent in an amazing recipe to Heat Beads that is an Australia say winner. Tony believes you should keep the shells on when grilling as the shell is loaded with flavour and especially when browned. Check out Tony’s recipe here. If you want to know the best way to peel and devein a prawn look no further.

Salads & Vegetables:

No Australia Day feast can do without mouth-watering salads and vegetables to compliment the hearty meats on show. Here are a few of our fresh picks for Australia Day.

Couscous Salad

Australia Day Couscous Salad

This fresh and healthy couscous salad will be finished within minutes. It is a very tasty side dish that takes just minutes to prepare. Take a look at the recipe and preparation method on food.ninemsn.com.au.

Spring Feta & Lamb Salad

Lamb and Feta Salad Recipe 

You can’t have a salad on Australia Day without infusing some lamb into it! This delicious spring feta and lamb salad recipe from Coles is a delight and with minimal prep and cooking time this makes it a very enticing dish. Check out the recipe here.

BBQ Corn with Chilli, Lime & Herb Butter

BBQ Corn Recipe

BBQ Corn on the cob is one of the best side dishes for complimenting lamb. Not only does it look great on the plate but with chilli, lime and herb butter it also tastes great. If you don’t like a little extra kick, no worries, just take the chilli out of the recipe! Enjoy this recipe from Katie Quinn Davies posted on homes.ninemsn.com.au.


We all know the next two Australia Day Recipe favourites. But this year, why not make them yourselves rather than purchasing them pre-prepared. Go on, have a go!


Australia Day Lamingtons

This recipe from Donna Hay is a breeze! The best part is definitely the use of icing sugar with the desiccated coconut for that extra sweet flavour! Take a bite out of the recipe here.

Easy Pavlova

Australia day Pavlova Recipe

This traditional Pavlova recipe is definitely a main stay when it comes to the Australia Day menu. With a hard outer shell and soft meringue centre, this amazing dessert will be devoured with conversation at a minimum! This recipe was uploaded to sheknows.com.au by Lauren Parker, find more details here.

So there you have it, some of the most delicious Australia Day Recipes around. Of course we know you’ll have your family traditions so there is no need to cook ALL 9 recipes, but I’m sure there are a 2 or 3 you’d love to add to the menu.

Have any other Australia Day Recipes we should add to the list? Let us know in the comments below!



 Article by Nathan Hockley

16 Succulent Christmas BBQ Recipes For The Big Day!

Posted on Wednesday, December 05, 2012

With December 25th just around the corner many of you will be hosting for family and friends but still thinking what favourites you’re going to be serving up. Because Aussies love summer and barbecues we’ve decided to put together some of our favourite Christmas BBQ Recipes that you could whip up for your guests.

We have covered the old favourites plus a few new-era delights to wow your guests (and the vegetarians too!).

Not sure if you’re current BBQ is up to scratch? Take a look at our vast range of built in, freestanding and kettle barbeques. Still not sure? Talk to one of our Gas Works BBQ Experts to help find what will work better for you.

Christmas BBQ Recipes:

1. Perfect Christmas Turkey

Christmas BBQ Turkey

Although an overseas tradition, the Christmas Turkey has become more and more popular in Australia. This recipe adds an Aussie old faithful in the Webber Kettle to produce an amazing and succulent meal for many people. Anthony Pettorino is the foodie who served up this recipe. View his website for ingredients and cooking instructions!

2. Aussie Barbecued Chook

BBQ Chicken

This is a great recipe by an up and coming cook that goes by the name of ‘Not Quite Nigela’. Her name is Lorraine Elliott and she has an amazing Barbecue Chicken recipe that uses only Aussie ingredients, with two of them being Victoria Bitter and native bush spices. Lorraine takes you through the whole process and will have you serving an amazing Aussie chook in no time.

3. Christmas BBQ Ham

Christmas Ham Recipe

The Christmas ham is definitely a staple on the table of many Christmas lunches and dinners. But many of us buy them pre-cooked and ready to slice. But this Recipe by Tony Grigg of South Australia on the Heat Beads website makes you want to throw the apron on and get stuck in. This recipe also needs the services of a Weber Kettle (if you haven’t got one they make a great Christmas present!). View Tony’s ingredients and directions here.

4. Rum and Coke Ribs

Whenever anyone thinks of eating ribs they think of messy messy goodness. This recipe by acclaimed chef Peter Evans for lifestylefood.com.au will have you licking your fingers rather than reaching for the napkins. This recipe is quite easy to get going and the cooking process is fairly hands off, which makes it a great recipe to involve your kids.

5. Aussie Barbecued Lamb Roast

BBQ Lamb Roast

Lamb… it is such a great tasting meat and personally even if I didn’t like it, Sam Kekovich’s Lamb commercials would have turned me for sure! It is such a succulent type of meat when cooked on a Webber over coals and when using Terry McEvoy’s recipe on the heatbeads.com.au website. This is a great recipe with minimal ingredients that lets the cooking process create the wholesome flavour.

6. Mixed Satay Skewers

Satay BBQ Skewers

Satay skewers are great Christmas foods because they are easy to cook, distribute and eat. As nibbles they can be handed straight to your guests with a napkin. No need to dirty up any more plates, you’ll have a few of them at the end of the day that’s for sure! This recipe uses both chicken and a bit of variety. You’ll see that most of the ingredients should be hanging around in your pantry so you shouldn’t need to buy too much for these tasty treats. Take a look at the full ingredients list here.

7. Barbecued Citrus and Garlic Prawns

BBQ Prawns

An Aussie Christmas just isn’t the same without some sort of seafood! Rather than having just cold prawns this year why not take half and get them sizzling on the barbecue with an amazing marinade. This recipe by Kathie on allrecipes.com.au has been saved as a favourite over 190 times! I have no doubt these would be an amazing addition to any backyard Christmas.

8. Smokey Barbecued Meatball Skewers

BBQ Meatball Skewers

You know by now I love food on skewers, so easy to prepare, cook and eat. So it’s no wonder I’ve added another amazing skewer based meal to the list! These tasty barbecue meatball skewers go to another level with the added bacon and smokey barbeque sauce. Take a look at Liz Macri’s recipe that was also in the April 2011 edition of Super Food Ideas.

9. Barbecued Salmon

BBQ Salmon

This little beauty is great if you’re looking for a fresh and light meal for your guests. The accompanying dressing with garlic, capers and olives delivers amazing flavours along with the smokey flavour brought on by the barbecued Salmon. Check out the recipe here.

10. Barbecued Stuffed Pork Loin

BBQ Pork Loin

Any pork recipe that includes crackling is a winner in my mind. This stuffed pork loin is a great dish to add to your Christmas arsenal and the accompanying step-by-step video guide on taste.com.au will have you serving up the tastiest rolled pork roast in no time!

11. Asparagus on the Barbecue

BBQ Asparagus

We’ve made it to the important roughage to help complement the array of meats that you’ll have on show. Asparagus on the barbie is a great addition to any plate. It is a great light and fresh side dish that only needs a little olive oil and salt and pepper to bring a little more of the flavour out. Take a look at the recipe and reviews here.

12. Barbecued Marinated Vegetables

BBQ Marinated Vegetables

As a side dish these vegetables will go great with any of the meats you decide to dish out on the big day. Cooking them on skewers will make it a lot easier to cook them evenly and place on plates. The leftovers are also great with crusty bread! Take a look at the recipe here.

13. Quick and Easy Barbecued Potatoes

BBQ Potatoes

Do you love the taste of roast potatoes with the crispy outer shell and the warm and creamy inside? Well you’ll love these barbecued potatoes. They give the same great texture and taste that oven cooked potatoes give but they can be done while cooking the rest of your food on the barbie. I love efficiency! Check out the recipe by stylistmama on allrecipes.com.au here.

14. Haloumi Cheese Fingers

BBQ Haloumi Cheese Sticks

If you love cheese then this is definitely a recipe for you! Add a little Cypriot-style to your Christmas this year with some barbecued haloumi cheese fingers. They go great with a greek salad and crusty bread or as finger food before the big feast begins! Take a look at Linda’s recipe on allrecipes.com.au.

15. Barbecued Corn

BBQ Corn Cobs

Corn on the cob is a great addition to any meal. Not only does it look great on the plate but when smothered in herb butter they won’t be left until last to be eaten. They are also a fun meal for kids to eat, which is a great way to keep them occupied for a while.  Other recipes can include a bit of chilli to spice things up but I think you’ll love this recipe that caters for everyone.

16. Barbecued Tofu Burgers

BBQ Tofu Burgers

When you host a Christmas day meal you have to make sure you cater for everyone’s needs. It is a special day and you’d hate to see someone left out. Some guests may have peanut or seafood allergies, which can be a hazard. But then there are also guests that may be Vegetarians. It is imperative to find out ahead of time if anyone is and if so you can whip up a couple of these amazing barbecued tofu burgers. This recipe has been known to receive the nod from the most picky eaters that enjoy their red meat. Check out Tracy Rutherford’s recipe that was in the March 2004 edition of Super Food Ideas.

The Christmas BBQ Recipes are in your hands!

I think you’ll agree that is quite a list! While not everything will jump out at you as a must have I’m fairly sure most of it will and your guests will definitely be chomping at the bit to get their hands around them!

If you have any other Christmas BBQ Recipes you think we should add then get a hold of us in the comments below.

Not sure if you’re current BBQ is up to scratch? Take a look at our vast range of built in, freestanding and kettle barbeques. Still not sure? Talk to one of our Gas Works BBQ Experts to help find what will work better for you.

The Best Christmas Gifts For Men - Weber Kettles

Posted on Tuesday, December 04, 2012

When Christmas roles around each year, many mothers, girlfriends and children are faced with one of the hardest decisions they’ll ever have to make: “What does he want for Christmas? What are the best Christmas gifts for men?"

Men can be very mysterious creatures that don’t like to dig deep into their feelings to tell you what they like, which makes it hard to find the right gift. But never fear Gas Works has THE gift that they will not only love, but you too. Forget about socks, a portable air con or a bunnings gift voucher, this time you’re going to get him something he’ll enjoy and use for years.

Enter: the perfect Christmas gifts for men, the Weber Kettle.

We’re not talking about water boilers here. We’re talking about one of the best ways to cook whole joints of meat with barbeque flavour that’s synonymous with Weber Kettles.

At some point everyone gets to taste the goodness that a Weber can create, now you have the opportunity to bring this feeling of joy to him whenever. You can also add wherever as the portable models make great additions to picnics with friends.

No matter what your budget there is a model for everyone:

Weber Smokey JoeChristmas Gifts For Men

This is a mini version of the famous Weber Kettle. Although it looks small, it still has 1000 square centimetres of cooking area (portions for 2 or 3 individuals). They make great Christmas gifts for men (young) who have just left the nest or for people who are always on the move. Click here to view the full list of features.



Weber Go AnywhereWeber Christmas Gifts

The Go Anywhere is just that, a great charcoal barbeque for fat-free grilling that can go anywhere! This unit has clever folding legs for easier carrying and storage and the enamel finish will prevent rust and make cleaning a breeze. Click here to view the full list of features.



Weber Compact KettleWeber Kettle

The Compact Kettle is the base model of the larger sized kettles and offers amazing quality in a bargain price range. The 57cm sized unit comes in black with special weather resistant thermoplastic stay-cool handles and a 5 year warranty. Click here to view the full list of features.



Weber One Touch SilverWeber One Touch Silver

The Weber One Touch Silver adds a bit more bang for your buck being available in black, green and blue. It has also had a gas kit specifically designed for this 57cm model. If you’re not into barbequing with coals then this one is for you. Click here to view the full list of features.



Weber One Touch GoldWeber Kettle Gold

Like the name states, this is definitely the gold standard when it comes to Weber Kettles. The One Touch Gold sports a factory assembled one touch cleaning system along with a high capacity ash catcher making clean up a breeze. It also features a heavy gauge nickel plated hinged cooking grill that allows for extra fuel and smoking woods to be used. If you want to spoil him then this is definitely the Weber to get! Click here to view the full list of features.


Still not sure which model is right for you? Not to worry. Get in touch with your nearest Gas Works Weber Specialist and they’ll help you find which model will work better for you. So don’t get caught up in the Christmas rush, get in touch today!

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