Looking to have more BBQs before the end of the summer? We’ve put together some handy hints for getting the most from your alfresco cooking experience.

  • Make sure you have the right equipment before you fire up your BBQ. Keep all tongs and other utensils in the same place, and ensure they are cleaned well before being put away.
  • It doesn’t have to be a meal of just sausages and burgers, there are hundreds of fantastic recipes out there for great barbecue food, so pop online and search for some new ideas before you write your shopping list.
  • Use marinades on your meat, as this not only helps with flavour, it also protects food on the grill from the intense and direct temperatures present in grilling.
  • A simple tip that will speed up the marinating time by around half, is to place meat, fish, poultry in a plastic bag with a suitable marinade, seal and massage-in marinade for a few minutes then place in the coldest part of the fridge for around 30 minutes.
  • Vegetables, even fruit, can also be marinated and cook well on the grill.
  • Ensure that the grill-bars are well oiled. Turn meat or poultry once to sear and once more to cook through. Do not keep turning food as this removes it from the heat and delays cooking. Food should not stick to the grill.
  • Do not try and grill too quickly as this will cause food to burn on the outside and be undercooked in the middle.
  • Ensure that all food, particularly poultry, sausages and burgers are cooked through.
  • Ensure that you baste meats, poultry and fish to retain moisture and flavour. Remove food at the end of the grilling process and leave to cool for a few minutes before serving.
  • Barbecues look great with a mixture of colours. Red, green or yellow bell peppers look good and can be flame-roasted to increase their flavour.
  • Don’t be tempted to leave your BBQ dirty after cooking on it. If it is cleaned while still warm, the grease and fat is a lot easier to remove.
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