"It's better to have burned and lost than to never have Barbequed at all"
Barbecue or barbeque (informally, BBQ; in Australia -barbie, in South Africa -braai) is a cooking method, a cooking device, a style of food, and a name for a meal or gathering at which this style of food is cooked and served.
So as the days become shorter and we look back over the summer months which were spent mostly in lock-down. We'd all have to admit firing up the BBQ on an average Tuesday afternoon kind of made us feel like we were on our summer holidays. For just that beautifully sunny, warm moment with the coals just lit, an ice cold beverage in one hand BBQ tongs in the other, we were masters and commanders of our own gastronomic destiny. Just the smell of the whole event brought back such amazing memories of past summers with friends, the laughter, creating memories and just having some wholesome good fun. Ahh the BBQ, so much more than just a method of cooking.
So we decided to put together some ideas and inspiration to make sure you look like the Master BBQ Chef albeit for just that moment!!! - Enjoy!
1. 11 Satisfying Salads for Avocado Lovers
We love this video by Tasty so much we just had to share ! No BBQ is complete without a delicious salad right?
2. The best meat makes for the best BBQ. - Because meat is the main attraction!
Farmison & Co is an award winning online butcher with unrivalled quality. With all meat cut fresh for order and delivery within 48 hours nationwide, the standard is high! Their extensive collection of meats means there’s something for everyone, or to make it even easier they have BBQ meat boxes to put straight into your basket.
3. Make your own Barbecue sauce.
Here is a great recipe from BBC Good Food;
1 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
400g can chopped tomatoes
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
85g brown sugar
3tbsp malt vinegar
2tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1tbsp tomato puree
Heat oil in a saucepan and add the onion. Cook over a gentle heat 4-5 mins, until softened. Add remaining ingredients, season and mix. Bring to the boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 20-30 mins, until thickened. For a smooth sauce, simply whizz the mixture in a food processor or with a hand blender for a few seconds.
4. The perfect grill for the perfect BBQ?
What can make or break the BBQ is what it’s cooked on… I’m sure we’ve all been there with a burnt outside and a raw middle? Or maybe that’s just me. Homebase, has been a staple in towns across the UK. From charcoal to gas, they offer all sorts of barbecues for any budget and any size. You can find your perfect one for the perfect cooked meal on their website. https://www.homebase.co.uk/our-range/garden-and-outdoor/barbecues-and-outdoor-heating/bbqs?mrt=barbecues
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5. Creative Hot Dog Toppings
Ketchup and Mustard are a classic combo, but why not mix it up with a few new toppings? Here are some of our favourite ideas;
Mexican Dog: Add guacamole, and hot salsa.
Italian Dog: Add tomato sauce, mozzarella, and basil.
American Dog: Add sliced pickles, cheese and mustard.
Vietnamese Dog: Add Sriracha Mayo, shredded carrots and lime.
6. Molten Cheese Stuffed Burgers
This is simple but absolutely delicious! Simply flatten out your burger meat and add a cube of your favourite cheese, and use your hands to mould it back to its original shape. Before putting on the grill. Use cheddar for a classic taste, mozzarella for a subtle flavour or blue cheese for some tang.
7. The Tools
Who usually cooks your barbecue? Your Dad, Partner or Brother? We love this barbecue tool set from Not On The High Street which can be personalised for your loved one slaving over the barbecue on the hot summer days. It’s the perfect gift as an accompaniment to the grill.
8. The Best Vegan Burger! Because it's not all about meat...
Another Tasty favourite, "The Best Ever Vegan Burger. Watch it here.
Rachel Gaewski & Karlee Rotoly Tasty Team
3 More Incredible Vegan Burger Recipes from : avantgardevegan
9. Seafood on the BBQ
Easily overlooked, yet could be the tastiest thing from the grill! Our suggestion is to add some king prawn skewers. Healthy and full of flavour, some of our favourite flavour combinations are; lemon & paprika, garlic & chilli or sriracha and honey.
10. Eton Mess for Dessert
Few desserts say summer in Britain like Eton mess. Sweet strawberries, crunchy meringue and velvety cream is the ultimate combination! Best served in the garden with friends and family. BBC Good Food, have another amazing recipe for this dessert here.
There you have it! All you need to BBQ like a pro and set the bar high for healthy rivalry amongst your fellow BBQ Master Chefs, family and friends. I won't lie...I am now quite hungry...