Gone are the days of burnt sausages and burgers – with the right equipment, such as Weber One Touch Premium BBQs, you can whip up a whole host of dishes that’ll go down a treat with your guests.
I like to try and host the perfect party, and that means serving food that is well cooked and delicious. Below are a few of my top tips about how to get the most out of the meat and veg you throw on to the BBQ.
Everyone has their own opinion as to what type of barbecue to use, but I think you can’t go wrong with a charcoal one, especially from a quality brand such as Weber. Yes, the coals might take some time to heat up, but I love the unique smoky flavour that these types of grill produce. The food smells and tastes like summer, and while gas is convenient, meat and veg cooked this way is the same as doing it under an oven grill.
Here’s a top tip: burn wood chips for a flavor that your guests won’t believe has come from your BBQ!
Get the BBQ to the right temperature
Charcoal BBQ’s can take around 45 minutes to heat up to the right cooking temperature, but it’s certainly worth the wait due to the beautiful taste your food will have. The Weber One Touch Premium comes with a thermometer in the lid, so you can close it to trap the heat and keep an eye on when it hits the right temperature.
If you don’t have a grill with a temperature gauge, wait for the coals to turn ash grey, while holding your hand a few inches above the grill is another foolproof method – if you can only bear the heat for a second or two, your coals should be good to go.
Make sure your food is moist
While slapping a marinade on to meat is a great way to keep it moist, you don’t want to have to coat everything in a sauce. When buying cuts of meat for your get-together, purchase small ones that have plenty of marbling on them. This means there is lots of fat to dissolve when grilling, keeping your meat moist and helping it to cook more evenly. After all, no one wants a dry burger! Coat your vegetables in olive oil to keep them juicy and to add some extra flavor.
Separate raw and cooked food and their utensils
We all know how to check meat is properly cooked – there should be no pink bits (unless you’re doing steak according to someone’s taste, of course!) and the juices should run clear when pricked with a fork. However, all your hard work could be ruined if you allow cooked food to touch raw produce, and if you mix up the utensils you have used. Prevent cross-contamination by keeping cooked and raw food well apart from one another, while regular hand washing will also ensure none of your guests go away with tummy troubles.
It’s all in the preparation
I need my cooking space to be efficient and organized, so I always have a preparation side table next to my BBQ so I have everything I require. Running back and forth from the kitchen is not my idea of fun and this runs the risk of food burning while I’m away from the grill. Some charcoal BBQ’s handily come with a preparation surface, so if you regularly host outdoor gatherings, this feature might be at the top of your list.
What other cooking advice do you have to offer BBQ enthusiasts?