August 18, 2017

Top Tips for a Great British BBQ

The weather forecast is looking (mostly) good, friends diaries are checked and you are up for the challenge of hosting a BBQ! Whether you are a low and slow or a quick banger and ‘I’m done’ kinda cook, we’ve put together some of our top tips here for you. 1) The right equipment – Don’t get us wrong gas BBQ’s …

The weather forecast is looking (mostly) good, friends diaries are checked and you are up for the challenge of hosting a BBQ! Whether you are a low and slow or a quick banger and ‘I’m done’ kinda cook, we’ve put together some of our top tips here for you.

1) The right equipment – Don’t get us wrong gas BBQ’s are great but we advise to go charcoal and make sure it has a lid to lock in the smokey flavour.

2) Get the right fuel –  If you can buy lump wood charcoal, it is the most natural and if you want to go further hickory and oak chips are great with fish and pork and apple wood is great with most meats.

3) Patience – Wait for the right moment to cook. The best way to test the heat is with your hand. Hold your hand about 12cm/5inches above the grill and see how long you can hold it there comfortably (ie. without screaming).

6 seconds = low heat
4 seconds = medium heat
2 seconds = HOT

Control the heat by putting put all the coals to one side, so you have a mega-hot side and one with no direct heat.

4) Get the best tools – Get yourself a heavy-duty oven glove and maybe even a fish grill (clamp/clip/basket thing – we’ve no idea what they are called). The one bit of kit you simply must have is a decent pair of tongs – they give you the most control, and reduce the chances of dropping anything between the grills.

5) Meat – Most importantly, what you put on the BBQ has to be great quality. In our stores, we sell anything from fillet steak to burgers and ready made and marinated kebabs. We suggest whipping up a range of salads accompanied with some local bread from our friends our Peter Cook and…you are good to go (even if you have to eat inside).

Pop in store or order online to collect or home delivery.

Have top tips of your very own? let us know!

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