Five steps to becoming a BBQ master
With blazing hot sun and not a cloud in the sky, summer
is well and truly upon us, and so as a nation we can officially
declare BBQ season has begun.
We Brits already have a reputation for being the Kings and
Queens of charcoal, beating off our European counterparts by
rustling up a whopping 120 million barbecues a year.
On average, grill staticians have worked out we host about nine
BBQs each per year and two in three households now own a BBQ
Of course, with every Bromford Home coming fully turfed when you
move in, you've got no reason not to get the invites out, stock up
your food and cross your spatulas in the hope the British weather
To give you a helping hand getting your BBQ all fired up, we've
pulled some top tips. Feel free to share your own with us on Facebook and Twitter.
1.Get the BBQ prepared
It might sound strange but before your burgers touch the grill,
you'll need to do some preparation of your BBQ.
First off, bring it up to the highest temperature for one hour
to 'cure' any imperfections in BBQ. Then, as it cools down (but is
still warm), rub some cooking oil around the inside to seal the
2.Get the garden ready
It's all well and good being the master of the meat, but if you
haven't got your venue ready your party will flop. To be a good
host, you'll need to ensure you've got everything covered,
including the seats.
For a quick seating area, throw out some rugs, or why not invest
in some garden beanbags (which can be used indoors too).
Also remember your drinks area - make it easy for people to serve
themselves so you can concentrate on what's cooking.
You can also put tealights in an old jar, or something like an
IKEA Burken, to create great mood lighting
around the garden.
3. It aint a party without the drinks
To keep your drinks cool, why not use water balloons in a vase?
Sounds crazy but it works! Or alternatively...
- Fill a bucket with ice.
- Fil the bucket with cold water to cover the ice.
- Add two handfuls of salt.
- Leave your drinks in the bucket for 20 minutes and voila, quick
The BBC have some fantastic drinks you can pull
together for your summer soiree, like a Michelada (a mexican beer
cocktail) or homemade elderflower cordial.
4. Time to get the meat on the Barbie
There are so many good recipies out there, we couldn't list them
all, but a great place to start your BBQ pilgrimage is with DJ BBQ.
Christian Stevenson holds legendary status on the grill circuit
(yes there is such a thing) and his Youtube
Channel holds a host of culinary delights.
Whenever you're cooking on a BBQ, don't forget basic tips like
basting to keep moisture in, or marinating meat overnight in a
sealed sandwich bag (or something similar). Country Living magazine
have 10 tips for getting the best from your
Finally, leave the meat alone! If you keep turning, twisting and
prodding your meat, it'll never cook properly. Wait for the meat to
sear with clear grill lines, then give it a flip.
5. It's not all about the meat
There's so much more you can cook on a BBQ than meat, so let
your imagination run wild.
For example, you can actually cook traditional Italian pizza
right on the grill and it's REALLY SIMPLE!
And as for vegetables, Buzzfeed have pulled together this great
list of 36 things to grill other than a
AND THAT'S IT, YOU'RE NOW A BBQ MASTER...
26 June 2014