16 December 2021
10 BBQ hacks you need to try
BBQ season has officially arrived, which means the majority of the population have dusted off their BBQs ready for delicious al fresco cooking and dining.
Thinking of hosting a small BBQ now that restrictions are starting to ease? We've put together a list of our top 10 BBQ hacks that will take your BBQing to the next level. And to really lend a helping hand, we've also included some of our tastiest BBQ recipes that the whole family will love.
- Before cooking, make sure your BBQ has had enough time to fully heat up. If using coals this will take around 20 minutes. The coals will no longer be burning and will appear to be glowing.
- Although the UK weather is hard to predict, don't light your BBQ when it is windy.
- 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.
- Allow your meat get to room temperature before cooking to allow the meat to cook more evenly. As a rule of thumb, we suggest taking it out of the fridge 15 minutes before cooking.
- Use 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.
- Apart from brushing and glazing your food, don't be tempted to lift up the BBQ lid as you don't want to risk losing heat, smoke, moisture or flavour.
- 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 half onion with a fork and rub the cut-side down along the grill grates.
- Spray 100% apple juice at intervals while cooking to improve colour, flavour and tenderness of the meat. This tip works best when cooking pork!
- Keep those pesky bugs at bay by having scented potted herbs nearby and make sure you keep food covered at all times.
- After cooking ensure you've correctly extinguished your BBQ by pouring 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! Why not 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 and Love Potatoes to bring you more delicious BBQ recipes. Make sure to check them out for delicious beef, lamb and potato recipes that are perfect for the BBQ!
Remember to always fully extinguish your BBQ after cooking. If you're using a disposable BBQ, our friends over at Countryside have put together a handy list for how to responsibly extinguish your BBQ here.