With the weather warming up, it's the perfect time to invite that special someone over for an outdoor dinner. Look like a grilling pro with a few simple tips.
The fact that BBQs are only really used to entertain mates with a feast of snags, steaks and cold beers is one of this nation's biggest culinary travesties. BBQs have long been under-appreciated and left off the radar when it comes to wining and dining that special someone in your life or providing dinner party guests with a fancy meal.
That's why the experts at Pro-Q have come up with ten tips that'll flip you from average grilling chump to BBQ wizard, with skills to impress any dinner date.
1. To Toss or Not to Toss:
It's a common misconception that flipping the meat frequently causes it to become tough. This is a myth. The last thing you want is an uneven cook on either side, so flip regularly to minimise moisture loss and toughness.
2. Be Gentle:
Treat the meat as you would any loved one: with a soft, sensual touch. Barbecuing requires patience, so settle down, and absolutely never cut into the meat to check if it's ready. Instead, use a thermometer to assess the readiness of your meat. This is the perfect opportunity to show your softer side - no matter how manly you are.
3. Heat Isn't Everything:
The level of heat is determined by what you’re cooking. If you’re cooking burgers or steak sear with a high heat and then reduce to cook. Once again, keep a thermometer handy and use often.
4. Sear For Flavour & Moisture:
Cooking meat for a long time can cause it to dry out so sear the meat on a high heat first to seal in the moisture and caramelize for added flavour.
5. Cooking Fish:
Take it out of the fridge 10 - 15 minutes prior to cooking, this allows it to warm up slightly. Score through the skin of the fish but don’t cut deeply into the flesh. Make the cuts diagonally from the head to just before the tail, about 1.5 cm apart, then do again on the opposite angle diagonal. Complete this on both sides and cook on a plate or grill.
Seasoning and marinades aren't difficult to make but they can have a profound effect on the taste. Using these products will leave a lasting impression on your guests.
7. Pre-Cooking Temps:
Take steak out of the fridge prior to cooking and allow it to come up to room temperature. This allows for a more even cook and makes it much easier to get the meat to your liking. The only things that should be ice cold are the beers and the Chardy.
8. Give It A Rest:
Most meats will taste better and retain more of the yummy juices if you let it rest for approximately five minutes on a warm plate before serving.
9. Good Equipment Makes The Difference:
There is nothing more frustrating than cooking on a BBQ with flimsy or faulty tools. We've all been there. Investing in a quality set of BBQ cooking and cleaning tools will have you barbecuing with hassle-free precision.
10. Cleaning the BBQ:
Simply cranking up the heat for ten minutes and brushing off the charcoal and grime is not on. No one wants to clean the BBQ straight after cooking so when you’re finished eating, while the BBQ is still warm, is the time to do it. It will be easy to clean with a good quality scraper. Scrape off the excess before it goes hard and put into some newspaper for disposal, then wipe the plate clean.
For more cooking tips, recipe ideas and information on BBQs and smokers visit proqsmokers.com.au