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Tips for the perfect BBQ

Here are some simple tips to get make your BBQ experience even better!

Cooking the perfect steak
Two top tips to give you the perfectly cooked steak.

  1. Make sure you always bring your meat back to room temperature before cooking. The biggest struggle with cooking on the barbie is how to get the heat from the outside of your steak into the middle without burning the surface to a cinder. Cooking your meat when it is at room temperature will help with this.
  2. Rest your meat covered in alfoil for half the time you cooked it. This will give the meat time to relax and make sure it’s perfectly tender!

Preheat properly
If you’re going to get a good colour on your food and that lovely BBQ flavour, you need your barbie to be hot before you start cooking. So always turn your bbq on all burners or get your charcoals raring and close the lid for 5 mins to get an even constant heat across the BBQ (once it’s hot turn off the burners you won’t be using).

Some more great tips

  • Don’t forget to soak skewers for the BBQ for one hour in cold water to stop them catching on fire!
  • Par-boil sausages before barbequing, prick them well and cook over a low heat to prevent bursting.
  • Thinly sliced vegetables can be cooked successfully on the BBQ just add a little oil or butter and seasoning, then wrap them in oiled foil and cook on the hot plate.
  • Marinades containing honey will brown quickly. Never cook over high heat. Always a medium heat or on the BBQ plate.
  • If you want to use the marinade as a sauce, bring it to the boil first.
  • A delightful way to make kebabs and add extra flavour to them, is to use lemon grass, rosemary stalks, bay leaf stems or sugar cane as the skewer then coat with a cup of your favourite stock before cooking.
  • Use tongs rather than a fork, otherwise you will pierce the meat and the wonderful juices will seep out.
  • Bunches of Rosemary and thyme can be used like a pastry brush, simply dip in a cup of stock and brush over your meat or seafood for extra flavour.

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