Improve your grill skills and host the perfect barbecue BBQ.
We love a good barbecue and the season for it has now officially kicked off. When the temperatures are even halfway decent enough for us to go outside and grill some food in the garden, we’re going to do it. We also love inviting over our friends and family to come and join us for a fun barbecue.
To be able to grill, you’re going to need coals. If you’re the type of BBQ-er who spreads out the coals over the entire grill, we’re here to tell you that that is your first big mistake. It’s much smarter to use different zones. By working with hot and cold zones on your barbecue, you can place a piece of meat that isn’t done yet on the inside but is starting to get really brown on the outside on a cooler part of the grill. No more burnt sausages and hamburgers from now on!
Onion and herbs
Want to add a little more flavor to the food you’re grilling? Cut a big onion in half and rub the inside of the onion on the grate of your barbecue. This will do two things: it’ll provide more flavor to the food but it’ll also help to clean the grill. So, it’s smart to do this as you go along as well. Another smart tip is to throw some fresh rosemary on the hot coals to give your grilled food a nice smoky, herby flavor.
Is it time to grill your hamburgers and steaks? Then heat is your best friend. To check whether your barbecue is hot enough you can keep your hands 10 centimeters above the grate and count: twenty-one, twenty-two… Do you have to pull your hand away at this point because it’s getting too hot? Then you know it’s time to put on the burgers and steaks. Steak doesn’t have to cook all the way through, so it won’t burn. Burgers won’t burn either because they contain plenty of grease.
We usually use wooden or metal skewers for the well-known barbecue skewers. But did you know you can also use edible skewers? Try using a sprig of rosemary, for example. Remove the leaves that are in the way and stick the edible skewer through the meat. Your meat will also gain a very rich flavor like this!
Those of you who’ve tried grilling fish before know how tedious it can be when the fish sticks to the grate of the grill. A simple solution to this problem is placing a few disks of lemon on the grate and placing the fish on top of this. That way, the fish won’t stick and it also has an extra fresh flavor due to the lemon.
It might sound strange, but an ice cube can help you grill the perfect burgers. To prevent the burgers from ending up super dry, all you need to do is place an ice cube on top of the burger when you grill it. It will make sure the meat stays perfectly tender.
Cleaning the grate
When your barbecue is over, it’s best to clean the grate of your grill as soon as it has cooled down. That way, you prevent food scraps from getting stuck to the grate. An easy way to clean the grate is by using a steel brush or a few bunched up pieces of aluminum foil to scrub it with.