Following on from our first BBQ post, we thought we’d give you some tips on how best to barbeque your meat. Fingers crossed we get some good weather again soon so you can make the most of them!
A summertime barbeque is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and spend some quality time with your friends and family. Whether you are planning a garden brunch or a picnic at the park, the perfect BBQ can be a great way to ensure that you and your guests enjoy some wonderful tasting grilled food whilst having a fun family get-together. However, we know how tricky it can be to get the perfect grill on an outdoor barbeque and you can’t always pick up a recipe book for full-proof barbeque instructions. The secret to mastering the art of barbeque is by following a few tricks and techniques that can make major differences to the bite of your burger! Whether you use a small portable grill or a permanent built-in barbeque made of brick or stone, we hope the following tips can help you master the art of cooking outdoors:
Pick the Right Meat
Selecting the right meat for your barbeque is very important. Ideal choices are shorter and thicker meat cuts as, that way, you sear the meat more quickly but the thicker crust will help to keep the meat juicy. Use meat cuts that have the bone in whenever possible, as the bone helps to add a density to the flavour. Some of the preferred cuts of meat used for barbequing include chicken breasts, chicken legs, pork chops, porterhouse steak, rib-eye steak and T-bone steak. Remember, you can find all of these barbeque meat joints over on our online shop.
Setting the Right Temperature
Use the right temperature while barbequing your meat. Always remember that there is an art to cooking meat and this mainly involves cooking it slowly at the right temperature. Make sure that you light the BBQ well in advance before you start cooking. It is important not to rush through the process as most barbeques fail because the meat is put on the grill too soon. If you do not give the grill time to heat up first, you will end up with meat that is charred on the outside but uncooked and raw in the middle.
All thick and large cuts of meat should be cooked at lower temperatures while thin cuts should be barbequed hot and fast. For delicate food items like fish and vegetables, the cooking temperature should be at medium range. You can use a food thermometer to measure the temperature of your barbeque.
While barbequing, ensure that the meat is cooked right through and once it’s done, avoid cutting it immediately. This is because if you prod the meat right after cooking, all the juices will flow out it making it hard to eat. However, if you allow the cooked meat to rest for a few minutes, it will give the juices time to settle. You can then pierce the meat to see if the juices run clear – this is a sign that chicken and pork is cooked through.
There is not an end to the number of fun barbeque accessories that you can acquire for your outdoor cooking events. Although it’s not necessary to invest in all of them, you can, however, opt for a few basic tools like tongs, spatula, scraper, and grill fork. You can also use hinged wire baskets for cooking small pieces of meat, fish and vegetables to prevent them sticking to the barbeque.
Ensure that you, or someone else, stays at the barbeque for as long as you are barbequing or grilling, for safety reasons. As well as this, also create a safe zone on the barbeque where there are no coals or flames. This area will be like your safe spot where your food won’t burn even if flames start rising up in the barbeque – you can move food here once you think it is cooked or if you need to quickly step away from the grill.
Now all you need is your meat! So, if you are looking for some delicious meat products for a relaxing summer BBQ, you can choose from our range of free range barbeque food at Farmer’s Choice UK. For a quick purchase, order through our easy online process and soon have your meat products delivered right at your doorstep and ready for your best barbeque yet!