you have bought all that wonderful food for
your barbecue and found a great recipe to cook it with, many of us
search for alternative and fresh ways to improve it.
it is by preparing the food differently, or using better tools
to do the job, every little bit helps on the big day!
You will impress
your friends with your new found knowledge by browsing the Barbecue
Party archives and putting to use some of the great tips and ideas we
you have any tips of your own that you would like to share, we would
love to hear from you so just send us an email!
BBQ Steak Tips
steak is often "king of the hill" at most barbecues though can get a
little boring. Let us show you how to make our beloved steak taste
greater than ever!
BBQ Chicken Tips
chicken has always been a firm favourite of ours, and we never get
bored with it. Crispy skin, skinless, shredded, it's good all ways!
Here are some tasty ideas ..
BBQ Fish Tips
fish has become more popular in recent years and is one of the most
cooked foods at beach parties for obvious reasons. These tips will give
you ideas to improve it even more!
BBQ Lamb Tips
lamb when spiced is simply to die for. It brings back memories of
Moroccan sunsets. Well we can't guarantee that, but we can show you
plenty of mouth-watering (and healthy) ways to cook it!
selection of the best BBQ recipe cookbooks around. Invaluable!
cooking basics to get you started
a few simple precautions before firing up your barbecue this summer.
These handy tips will help you to get the most from it.
1. Clean your barbecue thoroughly.
2. Check your propane cylinder and gas lines for leaks.
3. Once you're done, put your barbecue in a convenient and safe
4. Make sure you have all your accessories:
meat thermometer, a must
for big cuts of meat
Long mitts to protect your hands
A spray bottle
A good basting brush
A set of bowls for your sauces and condiments
A serving dish to hold meat once it's cooked
A roll of aluminum foil. You can use it to keep thinner cuts of meat
and sections exposed to higher heat from cooking too fast or to cover
bones that have a tendency to dry out and catch fire
A cutting board and good knives Don't
use a long fork. Pricking meat allows the juices to escape and dries
Some simple steps before you start cooking:
sure your meat is at room temperature (take it out of the fridge 20-30
minutes beforehand to ensure it cooks evenly), especially big cuts,
which are very cold inside.
meat of fat and drain it well.
sure your barbecue grills are clean and preheat them for ten minutes to
prevent meat from sticking.
basic rules of hygiene (wear a hat, wash your hands, and protect the
food from insects with a food cover).
may season meat so long as you cook it immediately. (Salt draws out
juices and tends to dry meat out.)
you are barbecuing
you don't have a marinade or sauce to baste your meat, keep a 50/50 mix
of lemon juice and olive oil handy. This simple blend is ideal for
keeping your meat, fish and vegetables moist and enhancing flavor and
complements many other types of food when barbecue cooking.
Poultry should be cooked at medium heat and served well done. Pork,
veal, and rabbit should be cooked slowly and are at
their best when served slightly pink.
Thin cuts of meat should be seared and should also finish cooking at
Use a thermometer when cooking large cuts of meat. (If you don't have
one, get one today-it's a must!)
The grill must be clean and lightly oiled prior to use and last but not
least, never prick the meat to check if it's done.
To find out if your barbecue is hot enough, place your hand just above
the grill, palm downwards, and count the number of seconds you can keep
5 seconds - low
4 seconds - medium
2 seconds - high
To check how much gas is left in your cylinder, pour a cup of boiling
water over the top. Condensation will form around the circumference of
the tank, allowing you to estimate the level of gas remaining.
barbecuing fish, try placing lemon slices on your aluminum foil
before wrapping the fish. This prevents the fish from sticking to the
foil and adds a delicious lemony flavor that's lovely with salmon.
If you're a bread lover, you can buy prebaked frozen bread.
Simply, cut it in two, garnish it with onion wedges and a bit of butter
and sprinkle it with a little celery salt. Put it on the grill for
around seven minutes at medium heat for tasty and wonderfully crusty
- "A workman is only as good as his tools", is a common and widely
known phrase, and it certainly applies to the type of barbecue
accessories that are used. Our guide will
show you a highly varied and comprehensive selection of barbecue
equipment to suit all needs and budgets.
the end of the day, the best barbecue food comes from a good barbecue.
Take a look at our barbecue grills section and find
out what barbecue grills will suit your needs best. You can even build
your own barbecue grill if you want to!
Comfort for you and your guests at a barbecue is determined by the barbecue
furniture (and weather!!) that you use. The choice in
furniture is quite varied, so it is a good idea to make sure you know
what is available and where you can get it.