Be the King or Queen of the Summer BBQ
It’s summer! What better way to spend your summer evenings in your new Dundas home than to have a barbecue? Who doesn’t love a long summer evening sitting around with friends and family sipping on some beers or having a refreshing white wine spritzer? Here are our top tips to hosting a barbecue that everyone remembers.
1. Get the right tools
A good craftsman never blames his tools but let’s be honest, good tools will certainly make using a flaming hot grill easier. A long handled pair of tongs will allow for moving heavier cuts of meat safely and easily. The length of the tongs allows you to keep your arms further away from the grill and reduces the chance of burning yourself.
2. Preparation is key
Failing to prepare is preparing to fail. Make sure you have accounted for how many guests are going to be attending your barbecue. Work out how much meat you’ll need and if any of your guests are vegetarian. A burger, a skewer and a sausage per person is a good starting point. If you do over cater, don’t worry! You can always use the leftovers for a meal later in the week. Also, don’t forget to marinade!
3. Get the temperature just right
Don’t jump the gun. Waiting for the correct moment to start cooking is absolutely essential. You need to wait until all of the flames die down in the barbecue, leaving the coals white hot and glowing. The barbecue in this state has the hottest and most even heat. A great way to test the heat is with your hand. Lower your hand about 12cm from the grill, being careful not to burn yourself and see how long you can hold it there comfortably.
- 6 seconds = low heat
- 4 seconds = medium heat
- 2 seconds = high heat
4. Ready steady cook
There are two methods to cooking on a barbecue, direct and indirect. Direct cooking is where the meat is placed directly over the heat. This method is great for cooking thin cuts of meat like steaks, burgers, fish, sausages etc. The high temperature of the barbecue is great for searing which can add a lot of texture and flavour. Indirect cooking involves placing the meat next to, not directly over the heat source. This method is better for roasting joints that require longer cooking on a lower temperature. Remember to let your meat rest. Once your meat is ready for serving, it’s good to allow it to rest to reabsorb the juices and become more tender.
5. Don’t forget the veggies
It’s not all about the meat. Vegetarian options are just as important and should not be neglected, especially when trying to have a balanced diet. Potato salad is always a favourite and very easy to make. Get some corn on the cob on your grill with a small amount of butter on top to add flavour and soften. Or how about roasting some bell peppers with a little touch of garlic? Another top tip is to use the leftover bread for mopping up the excess marinade and sauces.
Happy barbecuing from Dundas!
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