Middle Eastern BBQ:
Desert Winds Middle Eastern Diner


Arab flavors and a grill make for a great Middle Eastern BBQ. Your friends and family are going to love these flavor combinations. Belly Dancing is optional.


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How To Use “Flavor Profiles”
To Create The Perfect Cookout Or Barbecue

Here at Superstar Cookout Menus, we believe the key to a fantastic cookout or barbecue is to have food choices that go well together and flavors that compliment each other. And what better way to ensure your cookout is a success than to use well-known, time-tested flavor profiles.

For our purposes, a “flavor profile” is the immediately identifiable combination of flavors that define a specific cuisine. It is how different regional ingredients are put together to create a unique and memorable dining experience.

For example, the idea of “Mexican food” conjures different food images and produces the anticipation of different flavors than if I say “Asian food” or “Cajun food”.

Ideally, creating the perfect cookout menu should be as simple as possible. To simplify the process, we create fictitious restaurants with flavor profiles famous the world over. As a result, each restaurant has a collection of recipes and food choices that makes creating the perfect cookout menu a snap.

Just put together a menu from the same flavor profile “restaurant”, and you are sure to have a memorable cookout or backyard BBQ that keeps your friends and family talking for weeks to come.

Middle Eastern BBQ Flavor Profile:
Desert Winds Middle Eastern Diner


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When it is time to throw a Middle Eastern BBQ, just head to the Desert Winds Middle Eastern Diner flavor profile. There you will find a collection of recipes chosen to tantalize your taste buds with Middle Eastern flavors.

Flavor Profile: Spices like paprika, cumin, coriander, black pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and cardamom are very common and there are various spice blends mixing these flavors. Yogurt, parsley, cilantro, mint, lemons and chickpeas are widely used.

Inspiration: There is a wide variety of Middle Eastern flavors due to the different regions and influences of multiple cultures. The combination of fresh ingredients and herbs with a wide variety of spices make Middle Eastern food unforgettable.

Think about walking through a spice market with bright colors and mouth watering aromas as you prepare to blend your own spice mixes with aromatic spices and create grilled beef and chicken delights paired with fresh sides.

My take: Grilled beef and chicken either dusted with flavorful spice mixes or marinated for a flavor boost served with hot sauces or cooling yogurt sauces. And don’t forget side dishes with lots of flavor and fresh herbs.

Middle Eastern BBQ Inspiration

Maybe you need some inspiration to get the creative juices flowing for your Middle Eastern BBQ party.

Check out this huge Lebanese BBQ platter. Plus you will see a lot of different side dishes. And the music will get you in the mood to create your own Middle Eastern inspired BBQ party.



Check out this Arab Food Documentary. You are going to see some great Arab food, lots of it grilled, that is going to get your mouth watering.



And no Middle Eastern BBQ inspiration would be complete without Shawarma. Shawarma are those towers of meat that spin and then the cooked meat is shaved off. These Shawarma vendors are in London, showing you the international appeal for this great dish.



OK, now that you are inspired, let’s talk about creating a Middle Eastern BBQ menu to get excited about.

Middle Eastern BBQ Food Choices

We all have our favorite cuts of meat, pork and chicken. And we believe everyone should be free to pick their favorites when throwing a backyard cookout for friends and family. Therefore, we provide cooking instructions for a wide variety of meats… perfect for the grill. (*Indoor cooking instructions also provided*)

Since most people in the Middle East don't eat pork, we are only providing recipes for beef and chicken.


Beef: Rib Eye Steak, N.Y. Strip Steak, Hanger Steak, Flat Iron Steak, Flank Steak & Skirt Steak Chicken: Chicken Breast & Chicken Pieces (Chicken Thighs and Drumsticks)


When you take your favorite cuts of beef and chicken and add the flavors associated with Middle Eastern food… your backyard will turn into a Middle Eastern BBQ experience that is sure to make your guests happy.

Middle Eastern BBQ Menu Example

Here is just ONE Middle Eastern inspired menu you can put together using Lou M. Penn’s Recipes and the Desert Winds Middle Eastern Diner flavor profile.


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The main event...

Beef Shawarma Marinated Flank Steak served with Shawarma Garlic Sauce & Simple Middle Eastern Hot Sauce (Shatta)

Persian Yogurt Marinated Chicken Breasts served with Israeli Hot Pepper Sauce (Zehug)

And on the side, your choice of…

Mixed Garden Salad with Tahini Dressing, Middle Eastern Rice with Lentils & Fried Onions and Lebanese Potato Salad


Remember, by using the recipes found in the Desert Winds Middle Eastern Diner flavor profile, you can create this Middle Eastern BBQ menu AND MANY MANY MORE.

Middle Eastern BBQ Recipes

Included in the Desert Winds Middle Eastern Diner flavor profile you get all the recipes you need to create the perfect Middle Eastern BBQ party…

      • 5 Middle Eastern inspired spice mix recipes
      • 5 Middle Eastern inspired brine and marinade recipes
      • 8 Middle Eastern inspired condiment recipes
      • 5 Middle Eastern inspired side dish recipes

Variety is the spice of life...

Varying the cuts of beef and chicken and changing the combination of spice mixes, marinades, sauces and sides, you can create an endless amount of Middle Eastern BBQ menus that will keep your guests happy and clamoring for more.

Easiest Way To Plan A Middle Eastern BBQ Party

Here at Superstar Cookout Menus, we believe planning and preparation go a long way to throwing a backyard cookout that is both delicious and seemingly effortless to prepare.

This is why we have developed a step-by-step plan that leaves nothing to chance. To clarify, go through this slideshow to see how to plan the perfect Middle Eastern BBQ party.


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We give you everything you need to plan your party, plan your menu and finalize your cookout plan. As a result, your backyard cookout is both crowd-pleasing and comes off without a hitch.

Just follow the step-by-step plan for a Middle Eastern BBQ:

      1. Choose the Desert Winds Middle Eastern Diner flavor profile
      2. Print and fill in the Cookout Party Planner
      3. Go over Sample Menus to get inspired
      4. Check out the recipes & print and fill in Menu Planners
      5. Use the Blank Recipe Template to add any family favorites with the same flavor profile
      6. Print and fill in the Menu Brainstormer with all the recipes you’ll need
      7. Create your Recipe Binder to put the recipes at your fingertips
      8. Print and fill in the Grocery List
      9. Print and fill in the Cookout Schedule so you know what to do and when to do it
      10. ENJOY your cookout and impress your friends and family


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