1Preheat barbecue grill or char-grill pan on high.
2Place a lemon slice and thyme sprig on flesh side of each sardine. Drizzle with oil, sprinkle with chilli. Season. Place in a wire grilling rack.
3Barbecue sardines, skin-side down first, 1 to 2 mins each side, until cooked through. Serve straight away.
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