10 BBQ hacks you need to try

With BBQ season in full swing, the majority of us have dusted off our BBQs – making the most of alfresco cooking and dining.

We’ve put together a list of our top 10 BBQ hacks that will take your BBQing to the next level. We’ve also included some of our tastiest BBQ recipes that the whole family will love.

Small charcoal barbecue outside with lit flame

BBQ hacks

1. Before cooking, make sure your BBQ has had enough time to fully heat up. If using charcoals, this will take around 20 minutes. The coals will no longer be burning and will appear to be glowing and a light grey ash covers the coals.

2. Although the UK weather is hard to predict, don’t light your BBQ when it is windy.

3. Using half an onion to clean your BBQ grill is a great alternative to using a wire brush. Simply allow the grill to heat up, pierce the onion with a fork and rub the cut-side down along the grill grates.

4. Allow your meat to get to room temperature before cooking to allow more even cooking. As a rule of thumb, we suggest removing from the fridge 15 minutes before cooking.

5. Apart from brushing and glazing your food, don’t be tempted to lift the BBQ lid as you don’t want to risk losing heat, smoke, moisture or flavour.

Small metal pan with clumped herbs on top

6. Use fresh herb sprigs and tie them to the end of a wooden spoon to use as an aromatic brush. Rosemary branches work best, however thyme, oregano and sage work well too.

7. Make sure you have two sets of cooking utensils and containers when cooking on the BBQ to avoid cross contamination between raw and cooked meats.

8. Spray 100% apple juice at intervals while cooking to improve colour, flavour and tenderness of the meat.

9. Keep those pesky bugs at bay by having scented potted herbs nearby and make sure you keep food covered at all times.

10. After cooking ensure you’ve correctly extinguished your BBQ by carefully pouring cold water over the burning coals and leaving them to cool until completely cold.

Now all that’s left is for you to light up that BBQ and get cooking! Try one of these delicious recipes for your next BBQ.

For even more recipe inspiration head over to our BBQ recipe collection page.

To bring you the ultimate BBQ feast, we’ve teamed up with our friends over at Simply Beef and Lamb. Make sure you check them out for delicious beef and lamb recipes that are perfect for the BBQ!

Remember to always fully extinguish your BBQ after cooking.