By Karimah Bint Dawoud, food writer and ECO warrior.

This late summer break fast times are great for getting the BBQ out, so that’s exactly what we did this weekend. As well as having the traditional corn on the cob, we had chicken flavoured with this marinade and burgers flavoured the Moroccan marinade all in my book.


This smokey marinade recipe is taken from my book “Heavenly Bites, the best of Muslim Home Cooking” a great Eid present, especially for young women who want to learn how to cook or its comprehensive array of multicultural recipe, if you fancy learning something from another culture.


BBQ Marinade 

My earliest memories of BBQ are quite boring long ago in Essex, BBQ was a thing people in America or Australia did and we just heard about it or saw it on Neighbours TV program. Over the years with this wonderful global warming the  summers are getting hotter although sometimes that  seems like a fantasy  when the summers are cool, or looked at another way, Allah blessing us with coolness throughout Ramadhan to make it easy for us..

This recipe is inspired by the chef and food warrior Jamie Oliver; I had to change the recipe a bit so Jamie wouldn’t be knocking on my door, although from Essex like me he would be most welcome as long as I had a maharam.

You can make this marinade even a couple of weeks before a keep it in the fridge. Let’s say you want to do BBQ tomorrow for iftar break fast time, marinade your meat the night before and leave covered in the fridge and grill, roast or BBQ before serving. This recipe makes enough sauce for 20 drumsticks or 2 large chickens

Most of the ingredients can be easily obtained from your local halal supermarket; smokey paprika can be bought from some large supermarkets and also in Portuguese shops, in places like Portobello Road and the Golborne Road in West London where large communities of Portuguese live peacefully side by side with Moroccans mashallah.



 5 cloves
1 teaspoon/5ml of cumin powder

1 teaspoon /5ml of cinnamon powder
2 tablespoons/30ml fennel seeds
3 teaspoons/ 15ml black pepper
1 teaspoon/5ml of Cornish sea salt or any good sea salt
handful of fresh rosemary or 1 tea spoon/5ml  of dried rosemary
5 bay leaves
 1 teaspoon/5ml of thyme
1 whole bulb of garlic
 zest peeled rind of an orange/lemon using finest side of grater
5 teaspoons/5ml of smoked paprika
1 cup /240ml of balsamic vinegar/apple cider vinegar
juice of 1 orange/lemon

3-5 green fresh chilies optional

½ cup /120ml of honey or golden syrup
2 cups /480 whole bottle of organic ketchup or 5 tablespoons of tomato puree
 ½ cup /120ml olive oil.


Mix  all Ingredients together; cloves, fennel, cinnamon, cumin, bay leaves,thyme,black pepper, salt and smoked paprika, use a mortar and pestle or coffee grinder.

  • Add to smoothie maker or jug processor
  • Break garlic bulb by hand and place all of it except internal stem into jug blender
  • Add lemon/orange juice, ketchup/ puree and vinegar and turn the machine on for 1 minute to make sure garlic bulb has broken down and blended.
  • Add honey/syrup to jug blender and pulse turn  machine on for 30 seconds
  • Add olive oil and blend again for 30 seconds
  • Pour in an air tight bottle and store in the fridge until needed, will keep a couple weeks in the fridge.
  • To use, pour over cleaned meat and toss so that all meat is covered with mixture, place in plastic container and cover with lid or wrap well with clean film making sure no mixture is outside the container, when you work clean there is less risk of nay infection from uncooked meat juices.
  • Leave to marinate for at least 3 hours in fridge, then roast grill or BBQ.
  • Chicken wings take about 20 minutes on BBQ or 40 minutes in oven preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6. Chicken thighs take 50 minutes in oven or 25 minutes on BBQ or grill, breast takes 30 minutes without bone to roast and 15 minutes to grill or BBQ, so as you can see grilling or BBQ is a quicker method of cooking

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