Dear Jessica, how can we hold the perfect barbecue this summer?
In Queensland, we’re lucky enough to be able to dine alfresco all year ‘round, but January is when we really start to fire up for barbecue season.
These days the options are endless when it comes to barbecuing in the great outdoors. We can grill, roast, smoke or bake on anything from charcoal to wood chips, gas, electric and more. Before you don the apron and grab the tongs, here are some tips to keep in mind.
It’s all in the preparation – There’s nothing worse than running out of gas before your steak is cooked to perfection. Take some time before your guests arrive to ensure your gas bottle is full or your charcoal or wood chips and chunks are well stocked.
Maximise the flavour – Taking the time to season and prepare your meats appropriately will really up the ante when it comes to taste and tenderness. Be sure to pull your meat from the fridge and let it get to room temperature before it hits the grill. Whether you’re seasoning it with salt, pepper and olive oil or a gourmet spice rub or marinade, give it plenty of time to soak up the flavours.
Invest in a probe or thermometer – Is it well done, medium or rare? Cooking the meat to your guests’ liking can be a tough gig, but the use of a meat probe or thermometer will ensure you get your chicken well done and your lamb, seafood and beef cooked to perfection.
Come in and see the team at Porters Mitre 10 Mackay Weber Specialist Centre and we will help you find the perfect barbecue, plus all the must-have utensils, eskies and outdoor furniture you need to pull off a fantastic cook up this summer!