Despite what the British weather thinks, June means it’s BBQ Time.
There is nothing nicer that sitting outside and dining on meat and fish cooked on the BBQ served with a great salad for accompaniment. Sometimes however cooking on a BBQ can fill even our most avid chefs with dread, burnt sausages or even worse under-cooked meat.
Martin has put together some simple tips to make your BBQ Time as stress free and successful as possible:
Get the Right Barbecue
If possible a charcoal Barbecue is the way forward. Gas barbecue will do a perfectly good job but you will never get that extra smokey flavour.
You will also need a lid as it locks in the flavour and keeps the temperature constant. When we moved into our house one of the first things we did was build our own fire pit. It has been fantastic not just for cooking but a real focal point when we have friends round and long after the BBQ is finished we all sit round the embers of the fire.
Use The Right Fuel
Being prepared and having the right fuel to burn can make a real difference. Martin recommends lump wood charcoal because it will give the best flavour. If you are a bit of an expert try adding wood chips to your charcoal. Hickory and oak are great with fish and pork, while cherry and apple will add a sweetness to most meats. Just soak half what you’ll use in water to make it last, then add it all once lit.
Wait for the right moment
Barbecuing takes patience and concentration, in that order. You need to wait for the flames to die down – flame-grilled is a very misleading term! You want the coals white hot, that’s the hottest and evenest heat.
Get the right tools
Barbecuing is much easier if you have the right kit. Most important is a pair of good tongs, giving you the most control, stopping you getting burnt and giving the best results. BBQ tolls also make great Father’s Day presents.
Using the BEST Meat
We’ve saved one of the most important to last. You can get all the steps above correct but your BBQ won’t be a success without good quality meat.
When it comes to burgers, our longhorn burgers are pretty much as good as it gets. If you fancy making your own our longhorn steak mince is the way forward. The marbling of fat in out beef makes great burger mince. Too lean meat will not produce great burgers.
Our kebabs are also always popular and in our house the spicy chicken wings are a big hit.