The Secret to a Great Australian BBQ

In the spirit of Australia Day, all-star chefs Matt Moran and Darren Robertson go tong-to-tong and reveal their secrets to the perfect Aussie BBQ. Find out more in this sneak peek from the January Foxtel Magazine!

Culinary masters Matt Moran from Paddock to Plate and Charcoal Kitchen’s Darren Robertson have taken a challenge for Foxtel's inaugural Great Australian BBQ-Off. 

They have  both put their best dish forward in a battle for barbeque supremacy.

Matt is pinning his hopes on fish tacos – grilling some fresh snapper fillets before placing the pieces in soft taco shells filled with avocado salsa. For Darren, there is no better choice than a pork shoulder, wrapped in foil and placed on hot coals. 

You can get all the details plus Matt & Darren's BBQ recipes in this month's Foxtel magazine.

Here are their top tips to create the perfect BBQ for Australia Day. 

What's the secret to a good BBQ? 

Matt Moran (MM) Good weather. There’s nothing worse than lighting up the barbeque and it pouring down with rain. Especially if you’ve got one like Darren’s using and it puts out the coals.

Darren Robertson (DR) The people make it for me. It doesn’t matter how bad the food is sometimes, if you’re around good friends and family. That’s really what it’s all about. The food is a bonus.

MM A barbeque can be done anywhere – hence where we are today. As long as you’ve got the key ingredients – good simple food and a good simple barbie.

DR It’s the simplest form of cooking – usually just salt and smoke and a little bit of lemon juice. It’s only as difficult as you make it. Some people overcomplicate things, but it’s the basics – good produce, a source of heat, a pair of tongs, a cold beer and no rain.

What's the perfect Australia Day? 

MM Lamb on a barbie. It’s become a signature thing now, hasn’t it? And it’s not just because I own a lamb farm.

DR Barbequed seafood and a slab of beer. I like the whole ceremony of it – anything that encourages people to gather around and eat and drink and have fun is brilliant. That kind of casual thing – gathering around with paper plates – is quite a good representation of Australian cuisine and culture. No pretension. No washing up.

MM That’s true. On a Sunday afternoon when I’m feeling a bit lazy, I want to cook but I don’t want to spend hours doing it. I think, “Do I want to do a roast with sauces and everything or do I want to grab some steaks and quickly put them on the barbeque?”

DR It’s a no-brainer.

To read the full article and get the Foxtel mag, CLICK HERE

Images: Tarsha Hosking

Watch the Paddock to Plate Summer Special on Thursday 16 January at 8.30pm, only on The LifeStyle Channel
Watch Darren Robertson's Charcoal Kitchen every Thursday at 8pm, only on LifeStyle FOOD

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