Best BBQ Tips
As we reach the end of the summer, don’t resort back to the oven and hob just yet… there’s plenty of time to squeeze in a couple more BBQs before autumn takes hold. Whether you grill or gas, or more traditionally with charcoal, the undeniable aroma wafting over the neighbour’s fence means that it is still BBQ season.
Are you a grill pro or does your BBQ technique need some work? Regardless of how good you are “on the coals”, there is always room for improvement when it comes to grilling your favorite meats, veggies and seafoods over an open flame. If your BBQ game needs some work, keep reading as our tips for better BBQ can help you become the grill master you have always wanted to be.
First, you want to be prepared. If using gas, make sure your tank has enough fuel in it to cook your meal. Pros have a spare tank standing by just in case. The same goes for charcoal. Having enough briquettes is important and starting them early so they are ready will help you avoid grilling delays.
Be sure to think safety. Sometimes, when we grill, we often overlook those important safety rules that we use when cooking indoors. If you have handled raw meat or your utensils have been used on raw meat, wash up. This will help prevent cross contamination and the spread of harmful bacteria such as salmonella. Another safety tip when grilling is to have a spray bottle of water nearby. This can help with grill flare-ups to ensure a safe grilling experience without any burned food.
Now that we have some basic safety and grill prep tips out of the way, it is time to focus on the food. Remember the first rule of grilling meats. Don’t open your grill too often. You will lose heat and your food will take longer to cook causing it to dry out. There is an old adage which says, “if you’re looking, it ain’t cooking”. Another tip for those of you who like to eat the chicken skin, be sure to rub the outside with oil and then lightly season it. This will ensure that crisp, savory skin your taste buds yearn for.
When grilling steak, be sure to choose quality cuts of meat that have some marbling throughout. Steak that is lean and has very little marbling, will be more difficult to cook and will be tougher. Before grilling your steak, let it come up to room temperature for about an hour. This will result in a steak that is tender and juicy with a lot of flavor. And remember, don’t pierce your meat as this will let the juices escape and dry it out.
When grilling vegetables such as corn on the cobb and potatoes, coat them heavily in butter or oil, sprinkle with seasoning and wrap with aluminum foil before throwing them on the grill. Other vegetables such as courgette or carrots can be grilled directly on the grill by rubbing with olive or vegetable oil and lightly seasoning them before placing them over the hot coals or open flame. Once you have grilling basics down, you can explore different marinades and BBQ sauces that can elevate your grill skills to a new level and earn you the title of BBQ legend!
Here are some great recipe ideas to get your BBQ juices flowing: