A Perfect BBQ Menu with Yeni Rakı
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​​BBQ parties are always a delight. The first sizzle of the meat lets all the people know that the food is getting ready. Those who are too hungry to wait, take a bite from the delicious mezzes and a sip of rakı. A BBQ like this, brings people together to share tasty food, some Yeni Rakı, and of course, great memories. If you've been dreaming of this day too, let's start planning your BBQ party.​​​

Our Favorite BBQ Recipes for Your Party

You pulled out your BBQ from the storage, and now you're thinking about what to cook for your guests. No worries, we've great recipes for a perfect BBQ party. From main dishes to mezzes, these dishes guarantee happy stomachs.​

Skip Steaks and Try Meatballs and Kebab Recipes

First things first, it wouldn't be the perfect BBQ without some juicy meat. We wrote down two of our favorite beef and lamb recipes for your party. They're easy, and don't need any marinating before they lay on the grill. Take your pick and start preparing.

Mini Kofte Recipe

These meatballs are prepared in small portions on a skewer, which makes this recipe very practical. Thanks to their size, th​ey become ready in an instant for the hungry guests.


  • Lamb mince (around 500g)
  • One teaspoon of cumin
  • A handful of chopped parsley
  • A handful of chopped mint
  • Two garlic cloves (crushed)
  • ​Salt and pepper​


  1. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and then roll into long oval balls.
  2. Thread onto wooden or metal skewers and brush with oil.
  3. Cook on a grill for 3-4 mins each side.

 Lule Kebab Recipe

You can never go wrong with a kebab for your BBQ. Make sure you chop and mix all the ingredients well before taking them to the skewers. This way, your kebabs will not fall apart and they'll stay delicious.


  • 100gr lard
  • 400gr ground lamb
  • 200gr ground beef
  • Onion
  • Salt & pepper​


  1. Chop the onion and the lard. Put them in a large bowl.
  2. Then add ground beef, ground lamb, spices and mix them until all is well combined forming a pasty meat mixture.
  3. Take a fistful portion of the meat mixture and placed it on a wooden skewer. Repeat the process until you have run out of meat.
  4. Place the lule kebabs on the lightly oiled grill. Grill on medium-high heat for 4 minutes on one side, turn over and grill for another 3-4 minutes.

Watch this video and follow the steps to make delicious lule kebabs for your guests.​


Greek Vegetable Kebabs Recipe

Not everybody has the same eating habits. Our next recipe is a great choice for those who don't prefer to eat meat. Plus, it's a healthy one. Don't be fooled by the name. It may say “kebab" but the recipe is completely vegan. 


  • 1 yellow and red bell peppers, deseeded and cut into 2.5cm pieces
  • 1 courgette, cut into 1.5cm slices
  • 1 red onion, sliced
  • 16 cherry tomatoes
  • 8 wooden or metal skewers

For seasoning:

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp mint
  • 1 pinch of sea salt
  • 1 pinch of ground black pepper


  1. Soak wooden skewers for 10 min in cold water to prevent them from burning. 
  2. Chop the pepper, courgette and onion into chunky pieces. Mix the olive oil, lemon juice, herbs and seasoning in a large bowl.
  3. Put all the kebab ingredients together in the bowl and stir. Thread the ingredients onto the wooden sticks and fill them evenly up. 
  4. Place the skewers onto the grill and cook for 10-12 minutes. 
  5. Once the vegetables are soft and turn them over. ​​

Make Some Quick & Delicious Mezzes​

Burnt Aubergine Dip Recipe

This smoked mezze is perfect for any BBQ but especially when you have rakı on the table. We recommend roasting the eggplants first, as it takes some time. Then you can handle the rest of the recipe. 


  • 3 aubergines
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tbsp of mayonnaise
  • 3 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1, 5 tsp of sea salt
  • Beetroot stalks
  • Parsley ​

Watch the video below to learn each step to make a burnt aubergine dip. 


Haydari Recipe​

Haydari is the freshly delicious mezze you need on this table, as it requires no heat or baking of any kind. Plus, it goes perfect with the previous two recipes and brings the table together. 


  • 500gr yogurt
  • 1/2 bunch of dill
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • Salt
  • 2 tsp mint
  • Olive oil

Watch the video to find out how you can make this yogurt-based mezze, which will only take a few minutes​.


Bonus: If you have the time to prepare, serve homemade bread to show off your cooking skills and double the BBQ experience. Take your pick from these three delicious bread recipes and surprise your guests.

Now You Need A Playlist

 A BBQ party is not an event where you can sit at the table for the whole time. Everyone will move around a lot and we wouldn't want one person to stay busy with picking new tracks every time. That's why we think an upbeat playlist like this one will suit the mood of such a party and save your time.

Now that you'vesettled on all things about your main dishes, mezzes and music, time to order the spirit that will bring everyone together. You can easily buy Yeni Rakı from selective stores or order from online shops ​ that will deliver to your doorstep. All that is left is, pouring it to glasses and starting the party with a loud "Cheers".

 Share, savor, enjoy!​​