There is nothing more Australian then having some friends around for a summer BBQ! Here are some handy tips and tricks to make your next BBQ your best BBQ yet!
Perfect Prep - Spending a little time prepping your BBQ will make for a much more enjoyable cooking experience, and we all know that food cooked with love tastes the best! Keeping a clean grill will ensure that there will be minimal issues with meat sticking to the grill, especially when crumbed or marinated. The best way to do this is by allowing the grill to pre-heat and then scrubbing it down with a good quality grill brush. Once clean, the grill can be prepped by spreading an even layer of olive oil over the entire surface. To make your life even easier, purchase some non-stick BBQ sheets to act as a barrier between the meat and the BBQ, making the clean up much easier without effecting the taste of the meat.
Heat It Up - Giving your BBQ plenty of time to heat up and creating “heat zones” will help to cook your meat perfectly. If you are using a coal-fired BBQ, we recommend placing the coals in the middle so that the heat will be at its highest in the centre. If you are using a conventional, gas BBQ then we recommend having one hot plate or burner on high heat and another on medium. When cooking the meat, begin by searing on the highest heat until a rich crust has developed on both sides. Once seared, move the meat onto the lower heat where it can finish cooking low and slow without burning.
Don’t Poke! - When cooking steak, allow it to properly sear and develop a rich crust before attempting to flip or move. If you try moving the steak before it has properly seared, you risk the steak sticking to the grill and potentially losing it’s juices due to unnecessary poking and prodding. You can learn how to cook the perfect steak by reading our blog here > link blog
Roast It - Turn your BBQ into an oven to cook larger cuts of meat. For example, a large rib eye steak on the bone should first be seared on high heat for approximately 4 minutes per side, or until a rich dark crust has developed. Once seared, close the lid of the BBQ and turn the heat down to medium-low and allow to cook slowly for approximately 25-30 minutes or until the desired level of doneness has been achieved.
Getting Saucy - If you wish to add some sauce to your meat whilst it is cooking, we recommend doing this during the last few minutes of cooking, especially if it is a sweet sauce as sugars tend to burn quickly.
Let It Rest - Don’t forget that meat will continue to cook once it has been removed from the heat so we recommend to remove meat from the heat just before the desired level of doneness is reached. It is important to let the meat rest for 5 minutes before slicing to allow the juices to settle back into the meat. Slicing too early will allow the juices to escape, causing the meat to dry out. Place the meat on a wired rack instead of a plate for better circulation which will stop the meat from losing it’s crispiness from the grill.
The Clean Up - Cleaning the BBQ whilst it is still hot will make it much easier to remove any food stuck to the grill. Use the same method used during the prepping stage to keep your BBQ in top condition. If you decided to use the non-stick BBQ sheets, the clean up process should be fairly minimal. If you are using a gas BBQ, do not forget to check the drip tray periodically as the accumulation of fats and oils could potentially ignite.
We hope these Summer BBQ Tips & Tricks come in handy! Don’t forget to tag The Naked Butcher in your photos so that we can see all of the amazing meals made with our meat!
Written by: Jana Chanelle - Marketing Manager
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