Fire up the grill and let’s get your BBQ party started.
What beats inviting family and friends over for an evening full of delicious BBQ’d dishes, divine wines and superb company in the comfort of your own home? Designing an outdoor space is a great plan because it will give you the ROI you’re looking for, be the space where you build tons and tons of memorable moments and transform your home into a picture-perfect retreat where you can relax and appreciate the beauty of the outdoors.
Together with the BullBBQ Europe team, we’ll be sharing loads of design tips, tricks, techniques for practically all types of homes styles and spaces, however, we wanted to kick start our very special collaboration by getting you in the mood for some BBQ fun. So, without further delay, here are some expert tips which will help you fire up the grill like a pro and host your next BBQ dinner like a legend.
Grilling tips by our friends at Bull BBQ Europe
Food safety is a top priority so make sure to avoid cross-contamination by using separate cutting boards, utensils and platters for raw and cooked foods, refrigerate foods while marinating and never baste with the marinating liquid. Having a spray bottle full of water nearby your grill in case of flare-ups is a great idea.
Wait for the right moment to cook
Barbecuing takes patience and concentration – it’s quite a talent. You need to wait for the flames to die down, in case of charcoal grills wait for the coals white hot – by which I mean grey and glowing. That’s the hottest and evenest heat – the perfect time to begin.
Get the best tools
We’ve all accidentally lost a sausage down a grill or flipped a burger over the edge, haven’t we? Invest in the right tools. (Competition Alert – Oh and stay tuned for an extra special Facebook competition coming your way on Bdesign super soon)
Grilled chicken anyone?
Cooking chicken? If you intend to eat the skin, rub the outside with a little butter or oil and then lightly season it. It’ll give the chicken a nice, crispy, savoury skin. Not eating the skin? Don’t season the outside, as it can’t penetrate the skin.
Don’t pierce your meat with a fork or prongs. The juices will escape, making the meat drier and less flavourful. Although thick bands of fat may be undesirable, try to pick a steak with thin specks and strands of fat in between the muscle tissue. At cooking time, these small bits of fat will melt (in a process called marbling) and make the meat juicier. Also, don’t leave the meat out in room temperature for longer than one hour. This will make bacteria grow at an exponential rate, plus it will make the meat less fresh.
Fancy a side of grilled veg?
Just about all your favourite colourful fruits and veggies can be grilled, alone or in kebabs, giving them a delicious flavour that might win over even the most committed carnivore. The trick is to cut them into pieces that will cook quickly and to soak them in cold water for at least 30 minutes before use to keep them from burning. If using metal skewers, wipe them with a piece of paper towel dipped in vegetable oil to stop food from sticking to them. If you’ll be doing a lot of cooking, you can soak a bunch of skewers for an hour, drain them, freeze them, and pull them out a few at a time as needed.
Marinades tenderize meat (and addition to giving them some wild flavouring). If it all possible, marinade overnight; but if you can’t, try to give at least an hour of the meat soaking in the marinade sauce. To reduce the amount of browning or blackening of meat, only apply barbecue or other tomato-based sauces containing sugars during the last 10 or so minutes of grilling.
Keep it clean
It’s not the fun part for most of us however it’s definitely high priority. Be sure to scrub down the rack or grill pan after each use. Removing leftover burnt pieces of food stuck to the grill prevents burning, smoking and bitter flavours the next time you use it.
Excited to get started?
Cooking well over fire takes some skill, but mastering those techniques will give you a special seat of honour among your friends. Have you got any to add, or any recipes you think make a barbecue extra special? The BDesign team and the BullBBQ Europe experts would love to hear from you. Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org, send us photos of your home BBQ space – get into the spirit for a Spring and Summer full of BBQ fun.
Special thanks to Bull BBQ Europe for inspiring us to share this content.
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