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Our Top 5 Winter Weber Recipes

Whether it’s their charcoal or gas barbecues, the legendary flavour achieved by cooking on a Weber is at the heart and soul of everything they do and that is why Outdoor Living Direct Hoppers Crossing is proud to be a Weber Specialist Dealer. We stock the entire range of Weber including all barbecues and accessories. We’re your one stop shop for all your Weber needs and our friendly, trained staff are there to help you choose the right barbecue for you. As well as being a proud Weber Specialist Dealer we also love cooking on our Weber’s and sharing our favourite recipes. Below are a few of our favourite winter warmer recipes. All super tasty and guaranteed to satisfy your taste buds.

Curried Lamb Chops with Yoghurt Sauce

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Lamb has a stronger flavour than beef or pork, which makes it a good partner for bold marinades and sauces. Here, we take the meat in an Indian direction, using spices that pack a lot of pizzazz. It’s easy to modify the sauce to your liking and convenience. For example, if you don’t have garam masala, a blend of roasted and ground spices, use a little curry powder instead.

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes (plus 2-4 hour marinating time)
  • Cook Time: 8 to 10 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Servings: 2 to 3 people
  • Ideal for: Weber Gas, Weber Q and Weber Pulse



  • 125 ml plain full-fat Greek yoghurt
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped coriander leaves
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon chilli-garlic sauce or harissa paste
  • ½ garlic clove, finely chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon garam masala


  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons peeled, finely grated fresh ginger
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons hot Madras curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 lamb loin chops, each 4cm thick, trimmed


Step 1
In a small bowl, whisk together all the sauce ingredients. Cover and refrigerate until 30 minutes before serving. (The sauce can be made up to 8 hours in advance).

Step 2
In a separate small bowl, whisk together all the marinade ingredients. Place the lamb chops in a large glass baking dish, pour the marinade over them and turn the chops to coat evenly. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or up to 4 hours. Allow the chops to stand at room temperature for 15–30 minutes before barbecuing.

Step 3
Prepare the barbecue for direct cooking over medium heat (180 to 230°C).

Step 4
Brush the cooking grills clean. Remove the chops from the dish and discard the marinade. Grill over direct medium heat, with the lid closed, until cooked to your desired doneness (8–10 minutes for medium rare), turning once. Remove from the barbecue and leave to rest for 3–5 minutes.

Step 5
Serve the chops warm, with the yoghurt sauce alongside.

Chinese Scallops with XO Sauce

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There is so much to love about scallops paired with XO sauce. XO sauce is a Hong Kong condiment containing dried shrimps, scallops, chillies and spices. When you’re diving into this dish, make sure you get a fork-full of scallop, ginger, spring onion and snow pea for the full in-mouth flavour experience.

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 12 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Servings: 3 – 4
  • Ideal for: Weber Charcoal, Weber Gas, Weber Q and Weber Pulse


  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 1 lemon, halved
  • 150g scallops (no shell), roe removed
  • 2cm ginger, peeled, sliced
  • 4 spring onions, sliced into 2cm batons
  • 100g snow peas, trimmed, roughly chopped
  • 1 ½ tablespoons Shaoxing wine
  • 2 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons XO sauce, divided


Step 1
Prepare the barbecue for direct cooking over high heat(230°C to 290°C) with a Weber Griddle Pan or Large Frying Pan.

Step 2
Once the barbecue has preheated, add the peanut oil to the pan and place the lemon halves on the cooking grill over direct high heat. Add the scallops to the pan and sear over direct high heat, with the lid closed, for 1 ½ minutes. Using a spatula, flip the scallops over and continue to cook for a further minute. Place the scallops onto a plate and set aside until required, leaving the pan on the barbecue.

Step 3
Add the ginger, spring onion batons, snow peas, garlic, Shaoxing wine and 1 tablespoon of the XO sauce to the pan. Sautee over direct high heat for 3 to 5 minutes, keeping the barbecue lid closed as much as possible, until the spring onion and snow peas have cooked to your liking. Remove the lemon halves from the barbecue once caramelised.

Step 4
Add the scallops back to the pan and spoon a small amount of the remaining 1 tablespoon of XO sauce on top of each scallop.

Step 5
Remove the pan from the barbecue and place onto a heatproof surface. Finish with a drizzle of caramelised lemon juice and serve immediately.

Smoked Beef Ragu

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  • Prep Time: 50 minutes (includes 30 minutes soaking time)
  • Cook Time: 3.5 – 4 hours
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Servings: 6
  • Ideal for: Weber Charcoal, Weber Gas and Weber Q


  • 1.5kg beef chuck steaks
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 brown onion, finely chopped
  • 1 red chilli, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 celery sticks, chopped
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 6 sprigs of thyme
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • 1 tin cherry tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 cup red wine
  • Pappardelle pasta, cooked, to serve (optional)


Step 1
Soak the wood chips in water for at least 30 minutes. We recommend hickory wood chips for this recipe.

Step 2
Prepare the barbecue for indirect cooking over medium heat (190°C to 230°C). If using a Weber® Q®, set up your barbecue with a convection tray and a trivet. If using a gas barbecue, set up your barbecue with smoker box(es).

Step 3
Lightly coat the beef chuck steaks with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

Step 4
Drain and add the wood chips to the charcoal or to the smoker box of a gas barbecue, following the manufacturer’s instructions. When smoke appears, roast the beef chuck steaks over indirect medium heat, with the lid closed, for 30 minutes*.

Step 5
Remove the steaks from the barbecue and set aside to rest.

Step 6
Prepare the barbecue for direct cooking over medium heat (190°C to 230°C). If using a Weber Q barbecue, remove the convection tray and a trivet. Place a large Weber Q Casserole dish (without lid) onto the barbecue, preheat the dish with the barbecue lid closed for 5 minutes.

Step 7
Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil, onion, chilli and garlic to the casserole dish, sauté over direct medium heat for 4 minutes, or until the onion is translucent.

Step 8
Add the celery and carrot, continue to sauté for 4 minutes. Meanwhile, cut the steaks into 1.5cm cubes.

Step 9
Prepare the barbecue for indirect cooking over medium heat (190°C to 230°C). If using a Weber Q barbecue, set up your barbecue with a convection tray and a trivet.

Step 10
Return the casserole dish to the barbecue. Add the cubed beef and the remaining ingredients. Stir, to combine all of the ingredients. Place the casserole lid on (vent steam open), and cook over indirect medium heat for 2.5 to 3 hours, or until the beef is soft and tender.

Step 11
Season with salt and pepper, to taste, and serve with pappardelle pasta or polenta.

*If you do not have smoker boxes or wood chips, simply barbecue the steaks over direct high heat for 3 to 4 minutes on each side, until the steaks are seared.

Siu Mei Bao

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  • Prep Time: 2.5 hrs (includes marinating)
  • Cook Time: 1 hr- 1 hr 15 minutes
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Servings: 6 buns
  • Ideal for: Weber Charcoal, Weber Gas and Weber Q



  • 3 tablespoons fermented soybean paste
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons Chinese rice wine
  • 3 tablespoons hoisin
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon Chinese five spice
  • 1 ½ teaspoons chilli powder
  • Red food colouring (optional)
  • 1.7-2kg whole duck
  • 6 bao buns, steamed
  • 2 Lebanese cucumbers, thinly sliced into ribbons
  • 1 cup coriander leaves, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup bean shoots
  • 3 red chillies, thinly sliced
  • 4 spring onions, thinly sliced
  • Sriracha (or other hot chilli sauce), to serve


Step 1
Combine all the marinade ingredients together in a bowl. Pour 3 tablespoons of the marinade into a small bowl for a serving sauce

Step 2
To secure the legs and wings in place, tie the duck with cooking string. This will create an even shape for cooking.

Step 3
Place the duck into a dish, coat with ¾ of the remaining marinade, reserve the ¼ remaining marinade to baste the duck. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and up to 2 hours.

Step 4
Prepare the barbecue for indirect cooking over medium heat (180°C to 230°C) with a rotisserie. If using a Weber Q barbecue, set up your barbecue with a convection tray and a trivet. Follow your rotisserie user guide for specific set up instructions.

Step 5
Slide one rotisserie fork onto the rotisserie rod. Slide the duck onto the rotisserie rod and secure with the second fork. Centre the duck on the rotisserie rod and tighten the forks.

Step 6
Once the barbecue has preheated set the duck and rotisserie rod in place. Turn on the rotisserie motor to ensure it is smoothly rotating.

Step 7
Roast the duck over indirect medium heat, close the lid and roast for 1 to 1 hour 15 minutes or until cooked through. Baste the duck a couple times with the reserved marinade. The final internal temperature for duck is 74°C, keep in mind the temperature will continue to rise 3 to 6°C while resting. Using heatproof gloves, remove the duck from the barbecue and allow to rest for 10 minutes.

Step 8
Once the duck has rested, carve into thin slices. Assemble the steamed bao buns with the sliced duck, cucumber, coriander, bean shoots, chilli, spring onion, Sriracha and finish with a drizzle of the reserved sauce.

Chilli Szechuan Pork Belly

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  • Prep Time: 2 hours 15 minutes (inc marinating)
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Servings: 4
  • Ideal for: Weber Charcoal, Weber Gas and Weber Q


  • 8 slices of pork belly or pork spare ribs
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2cm ginger, grated
  • 3 teaspoons chilli flakes
  • 3 teaspoons Szechuan pepper, roasted, ground
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons light soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons tomato sauce
  • 5 tablespoons hot chilli sauce, divided
  • 1/2 cup rice wine vinegar
  • Sesame seeds, to garnish
  • 2 spring onions, finely sliced, to garnish


Step 1
In a non-metallic bowl, combine the pork, garlic, ginger, chilli, toasted and ground Szechuan pepper, brown sugar, light soy sauce, tomato sauce, 2 tablespoons of the hot chilli sauce and rice wine vinegar. Marinate for at least 2 hours or overnight.

Step 2
Set your barbecue up for indirect cooking. Please refer to your handbook for further instructions. Preheat your barbecue for roasting.

Step 3
Place the spare ribs the marinade into a large disposable drip pan. Tightly cover the drip pan with aluminium foil.

Step 4
Once the barbecue has preheated, make adjustments to the burner control(s) for the roasting setting. Place the dip pan on the barbecue and cook for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, remove the alfoil. Turn the pork and cook for a further 40 minutes, turning the pork every 20 minutes.

Step 5
Remove the drip pan from the barbecue. If using a Q, remove the convection tray and trivet. Set the burner(s) to high. Remove the pork from the drip pan and baste with the remaining hot chilli sauce and cook the pork direct on high heat for 1 minute per side or until caramelised. 

Step 6
Garnish the pork with sesame seeds and finely sliced spring onion. 

How to Accessorise your Billy Fresh Outdoor Umbrella

The Billy Fresh outdoor umbrella is a striped piece of fashion, providing shade, style and a place for good times in your outdoor area. To really liven up your space, we’ve compiled a list of a few matching accessories that will complement your Billy Fresh umbrella and impress your family and friends!

Firstly, start with one of our effortlessly stylish Billy Fresh umbrellas. Available in a range of colours and sizes there’s a Billy Fresh umbrella for everyone! A winner here at Billy Fresh HQ is our Sunny Marbella 2 metre, square outdoor umbrella. A popular piece, the 2 metre Sunny Marbella is a great choice for those who’d like to add colour and life to their area. It’s also a perfect size to be placed over a table whilst entertaining or relaxing.

Next, why not add in a yellow and white deck chair or two, to add underneath the umbrella or on another part of patio. Either way the combination of the deck chair and umbrella will brighten up any backyard.

Another idea is to keep a water proof, canvas bag filled with a towel for the pool if you have one, and some great books to read, ready for those quiet days under the umbrella. We love the idea of matching, so if you can find a bag that matches the stripes of your umbrella, you’re onto a winner!

Finally, to top it all off, add in an ice cold Pina Colada, call your friends, and hope for some sunny weather so you can sit back, relax and enjoy the Billy Fresh lifestyle.

We take pride in ensuring that our products are functional, deliver on quality and remain affordable. Check us out for yourself today, shop the Sunny Marbella and our entire range online today.

Mother’s Day gift guide

Show your Mum, or that special someone in your life, how much you care with our thoughtful (and affordable!) Mother’s Day gift ideas. With Mother’s Day only days away we have complied a list of gifts we’re sure will make your Mum smile.

Kakadu premium pod chair | $399:

Kakadu pod chair grey/mushroom

Our Kakadu pod chair is our number one seller and sure to make Mum’s day on Sunday. Available in a range of colours, the Kakadu is extremely spacious, with plenty of head room and comes complete with a basket, cushion and frame. Choose to hang your pod basket, or leave on the included pole and base, the choice is yours. If you’re looking to give Mum the gift of relaxation this Mother’s Day then look no further than our Kakadu. Available in store and online now.

Caterina hammock | $11.95:

Caterina hammock multicoloured

Continuing on with the relaxation theme, why not treat your Mum to our Caterina hammock. Available in a multi coloured design, the Caterina is pure heaven! With plenty of space to relax and unwind, the Caterina ticks all the boxes when it comes to spoiling your Mum this Mother’s Day. Shop the look in store or online today.

Westport Adirondack chair | From $249:

Our Westport is a reproduction of the original 1903 American Adirondack classic and is sure to make your Mum feel like the Queen she truly is. Available in natural and white, and complete with the chair and matching footstool, the Westport will provide hours of comfort and will allow your Mum to drift into total relaxation. Both styles available for purchase in store and online now.

Westport natural
Westport white

Outdoor wall art | From $49:

Wall art also makes for a beautifully thought out Mother’s Day gift. Here at Outdoor Living Direct we have a number of attractive wall art pieces that will finish off any room beautifully.

Carefully handcrafted from mild steel and ornate in design, treat your Mum to a piece of art she is sure to love. View the full range in store and online today.

Round Flower wall art medium
Tree Of Life wall art 120 x 60
Bamboo Leaf wall art 180 x 90

Beanbags | $59:

Our beanbags are another fun gift idea for Mum this Mother’s Day! Available in a range of colours and styles, our beanbags are waterproof and come complete with a thick PVC backing behind the fabric to keep any water from the beans.

The ultimate all rounder, these beanbags are the ideal size to be placed anywhere within the home. Shop the entire range in store or online today.

Chill Out beanbag light grey
Laid Back beanbag turquoise
Chill Out beanbag light khaki