The Australian BBQ is a huge tradition in our culture, which we love and look forward to having, especially at our weekend breaks. We can have a gourmet meal with all the trimmings or just have a few chops and sausages with bread, depending on the event. Here are some golden rules on how to throw a genuine Aussie BBQ.
This will depend on how often you use the barbecue, the space you have and location. For home entertainment, a large gas hooded barbie like one of the 5 or 6 burner gas barbecues, is the perfect choice for roasting and baking, while a smaller 2 burner BBQ are great for smaller backyards.
Don’t throw the meat on the fire as soon as it lights up, otherwise the meat will char on the outside while remaining raw on the inside.
It is wise to keep the poking and prodding of your meat to a minimum. When turning the meat, do so quickly using tongs, so that you don’t allow the moisture to escape.
While steaks, chops, sausages and seafood are standard Aussie BBQ favourites, you can be creative and add items like pizzas, large mushrooms, vegetable, mangos, bananas or pineapples.
You can cook almost anything on a barbecue with the right accessories. A good tong and spatula set will help you master your flipping technique, while reusable BBQ sheets are favourites for keeping your home barbecue clean.
It is essential to keep meat and especially seafood cool while getting ready for a large barbecue grill.
Adding some potato wedges to the grill for a smoky barbecue potato salad or heavily spiced corn adds to a great Aussie BBQ experience.
For your meat to be truly delicious and juicy, wait just a few minutes before serving. The general rule of thumb is allowing the meat to rest for at least half the time it takes to cook.
Once you have finished, give your BBQ grill a quick brush while it is still warm. Empty the drip tray and line with a fresh sheet of aluminium foil. When the barbecue has cooled, clean it with soapy water and a sponge. Then spray the plates and grill with vegetable oil or cooking spray to prevent rusting.
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