Summer’s here and that means it’s barbecue season! If you want to master the barbecue skills and impress your guests, here’s some tips on what NOT to do.
1. DON’T cook on a dirty grill. No one wants today’s chicken to taste like yesterday’s fish. Heat up the grill and use a wire grill brush to scrub it before you cook.
2. DON’T constantly move your food around. Let it get a sear and those nice grill marks. If the meat sticks, it’s not ready to be moved!
3. DON’T squish your meat with the spatula. All that juicy flavourful fat goes to waste and leaves you with dry meat.
4. DON’T take your meat straight out of the fridge and throw it on the barbecue. Let meat come to room temp (about 20-30 minutes on the countertop) so it will cook evenly.
5. DON’T ingest cancer-causing compounds. Marinating before grilling not only adds flavour, it inhibits potentially carcinogenic compounds that form when grilling meat by as much as 92-99%. Find some great marinade ideas here whether you’re cooking up chicken drums, a leg of lamb, or anything in between.
6. DON’T eat food straight off the grill. Rest your meat. Resting meat redistributes the juices so you get tender meat with soooo much flavour. Food will continue to cook when you take it off the grill - that goes for vegetables too, so don’t overcook anything.
7. DON’T let meat always take the starring role. Try stuffed mushrooms or add some halloumi to your veggie skewers (halloumi is Greek cheese that you can grill – if you haven’t tried it, you’re missing out!)
8. DON’T let raw foods and cooked foods touch. Use separate cutting boards, utensils, and platters for meats, fish, and veg for food safety.
9. DON’T poison anyone. Use a thermometer to gauge safe internal temperatures.
10. DON’T run out of gas. Keep a spare gas bottle tucked away to avoid running to the shop mid-grill.
11. DON’T forget about fruit! Grilled stone fruit with yoghurt or ice cream is dessert made simple.
Now get out there and grill up something great!