Tips For Better BBQ You Should KnowNovember 5, 2019
Rejoice Australia, cos BBQ season is here! It’s time to cajole your family members, relations and friends to take a day out of their busy calendars and make time for a pure, unadulterated and healthy meat extravaganza!
We’ve compiled some handy tips for you so you can make the most of your energy, time and resources. No, we don’t want you to go overboard with planning or spending on equipment and meat supplies. This article is more about stretching your hard-earned money and valuable time to the max by making use of your current BBQ equipment. We’re going to show you how you can give yourself and your loved ones the BBQ experience of a lifetime – just by following some quick, common-sense and practical tips we’ve put together for you. Read on to have some lightbulb moments!
Proper prep is everything!
The steaks and chops you’ve ordered for your BBQ extravaganza need to be properly prepared for the intense cooking that is to follow. Frozen meat, or even partially frozen meat must never come in contact with a hot surface. Do yourself and the BBQ grill favor by taking twelve to twenty-four hours just to thaw the meat. Let it sit and acclimatize from its icy world to normal room temperatures before you lay it out on the gridiron. Use a microwave if you must. Apply your choice of seasonings and marinades once the meat is thawed and ready. You’ll find that properly prepared meats cook faster on the grill and retain more juice.
Get hold of a non-stick spray
Ok. This one is for the newbies mainly; but a few of us old-timers could also do with a refresher, right? If you are new to all this, it’s likely that you’ve had problems. But don’t lose heart – this, like everything else, needs time and practice.
So, before you unveil the meats to your eager guests and proceed to be the star of the show, just whip out a can of cooking spray and make sure to cover all cooking surfaces with a coat of fat. This is to ensure the meat doesn’t stick while you’re handling it. Cos when you find the meat sticking to any of the grills or hot surfaces and getting torn and falling apart as a result, well, that’s not what we want, do we? A nice steak is a JUICY steak. And broken meat equals no juice.
Choose the right lighter fluid
This is an important one as well! If you decide to use a charcoal lighting fluid, be aware that the resulting emission and smoke from the fire have the potential to flavor the meat being cooked a certain way. On the other hand, not using any lighting fluid altogether can result in several hours to get a proper fire going and you tearing your hair out in frustration instead of working for the party like a cool boss, like you should be doing in a BBQ!
Careful with the temperature!
This is probably the most critical and most-talked-about skills of a pro-bbq expert! Only place your precious meat goodies on the grill once you’re absolutely sure about the temperature you want. Changes in temperature that are too frequent and non-uniform will cause the meat to cook unevenly, dry out or just get burnt. When cooking meat on a charcoal grill make sure the coals burn completely gray before taking the meat off as this will help gradual leveling of temperature. It’ll also help most of the lighter fluid to burn off.
Slow and gradual application of heat is always better than say, blowtorching the meat. Take your time with this and resist the urge to turn the heat up as this is a delicate process that needs a little care.
Don’t disturb the meat on the grill too much. Don’t open the lid constantly and instead allow the accumulated smoke and heat in the chamber do their job. Changing the immediate surrounding environment constantly will just not allow a constant temperature for the meat to properly cook in.
Yeah, this one’s tough, haha! It’s really difficult to stop oneself from fidgeting and poking into or turning around the wonderful spread in front of ya. We get it… but try not to poke the meat while it’s sizzlin’ away on top of a merry flame!
The holes you make when inspecting your grub hungrily, however small, leak out the essential, flavorsome juices onto the grill frame and fire underneath. This results in dry, rubbery and tasteless pieces of meat and a really hard time cleaning up.
Speaking of cleaning, using aluminum or tin foil makes the cleanup phase a lot easier on you, but it does give the food a fried taste instead of the smoky and grilled taste expected out of a bbq.
And since we’re discussing hygiene and cleanliness, it makes sense to mention here that your favorite bbq sauce needs to wait till the meat is adequately cooked; or it’s just going to burn and cause a mess. Also, make sure you keep the cooked meat away from anything that was used to contain and handle the meat when it was raw and uncooked. This means every spoon, prong, fork or vessel that has been in contact with the raw meat and hasn’t been washed since.
We hope you enjoyed reading this piece as much as we did putting it together for you. The tips above are meant to be a logical and no-nonsense approach that doesn’t turn the relaxed weekend family barbeque into a spacecraft launch mission. But yes, sticking to these simple bits of advice will help you get the same delightful results at every bbq gathering and get-together. Get your choice of perfect bbq fresh meats and seafood from our extensive range online. We at Jim’s Fresh care for your health as much as the fun and togetherness at your weekend bbq getaways. This is why we source our produce only from the best organic and sustainable sources. So the meat we deliver to your doorstep anywhere within Melbourne and Regional Victoria is absolutely pure; free of hormones and antibiotics. Not to mention they taste heavenly – just place an order and find out for yourself!