Sunny weekend ahead – get grilling with these BBQ tips. We have what you need.

These tips are from the good people at Grillstock. They organise festivals in Bristol and Manchester combining BBQ with Music for many thousands of visitors each summer. – We are in good hands.

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BBQ Tip 1. Get Well Oiled Before You Begin

Before and after every session you should clean and oil your grill. Get it nice and hot to burn off any crud then, using tongs,  rub over with a kitchen towel dipped in a light cooking oil. This keeps your grill hygienic as well as helping prevent food from sticking to the bars.

BBQ Tips 2. Set Up a 2-Zone / Indirect Cooking Area

Set up your BBQ so you have two cooking zones, one directly over the flames for searing, the other cooler to allow the meat to cook through indirectly. You can cook anything from sausages and burgers through to whole joints of meat this way. With a charcoal grill just pile your coals to one side. With a gas grill keep the burners medium-high on one side and low-off on the other.

BBQ Tips 3. Slow things down, relax….

True BBQ takes time and patience. The meat is done, when it’s done – don’t try and rush things. When grilling, learn to control your fire and keep the heat consistent. Keep a spritz bottle full of water handy and douse down flames that start getting out of hand.

BBQ Tips 4. Don’t fiddle and poke

And definitely don’t squeeze. Once you’ve put the meat on the grill just leave it. Your should only turn once or twice through cooking. Squashing burgers and steaks down on the grill just squeezes out all the lovely the juice and causes flare ups.

BBQ Tips 5. Don’t get Saucy Until the End.

BBQ sauces and glazes have a high sugar content that will burn very quickly and go bitter. Cook your meat through and then glaze/sauce towards the end and allow to go sticky over indirect heat.

BBQ Tips 6. Check for Done-ness

Overcooking is as sinful as undercooking. Invest in a good instant read thermometer so you know the exact temperature of the meat and takes away the guesswork. You’ll always know the chicken is cooked through and you’ll be able to serve up the perfect medium rare steak.

BBQ Tips 7. Play With Smoke

Smoke is a seasoning so learn to add subtle smoke flavour to your food. Wrap woodchips up in a couple of layers of thick foil and pierce a few times before throwing onto the grill over the gas burners. With a charcoal BBQ, just throw the chips straight onto the coals and close the lid. Our favourite woods to smoke with are cherry, pecan and hickory.

BBQ Tips 8. Learn to Give a Damn Good Rub

Meat benefits from a generous seasoning prior to cooking. This base rub will work well particularly on pork and chicken. Use this is a start point to develop your own according to the flavours you enjoy.

  • 4 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon celery salt or garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cumin
  • 2 tablespoons chilli powder
  • 2 tablespoons black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper or chipotle

Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl and store in an air tight container.

Practice these 8 BBQ tips, come and see us for the ingredients and you are all set for a fantastic BBQ season. Have fun.

We have lots of good BBQ recipes and tips on our blog here >>