Top 5 Tips For Your Next BBQ

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Summer is basically upon us, which means it’s BBQ season. As soon as the sun is hot enough for us to stay outside without shivering, that’s when the BBQ gets fired up. Bearing that in mind, here are some top tips to make your next barbecue one people will remember forever. A small caveat – these tips focus more on the cooking side of things, rather than hosting or entertainment! 

 

Tip 1: Use fresh ingredients

In general, this should be a tip for everyday cooking! Fresh ingredients are packed full of more flavor and less bad stuff. But, it’s particularly important for a BBQ, particularly if you’re cooking meat. Go to the local butches and get all of your ingredients from there. Find a farmer’s market and get fresh produce to make your salads and accompaniments. With this simple tip you have instantly given your food more flavor!

 

Tip 2: Variety

Burgers and hot dogs are two quintessential BBQ items. Still, they can get boring after a time. Instead, offer up some variety. Get chicken on there, maybe some pork, possibly even fish! Be sure there are vegetarian options as well, just in case someone at the BBQ doesn’t eat meat. Speaking of which, loads of vegetables are amazing when grilled on a barbecue. Corn tastes fantastic, so don’t be afraid to grill some veg for extra variety. This tops your BBQ from being boring and adds new flavors to the party.

 


 

Tip 3: Season your food

Some of you will look at this point with a confused expression. Surely everyone seasons their food? Well, you’re wrong. Too many people will get their food and just slap it on the BBQ, relying on the classic charring to provide all the flavor. In reality, you need to add some type of spice rub or a marinade that imparts more deliciousness on your food – particularly your meat. Check out the video above for a BBQ chicken marinade that takes your food to the next level. 

 

Tip 4: Don’t forget the drinks

You’re so caught up in grilling that you forget about drinks! Now, you could buy some from the store, but where’s the fun in that? Spend some extra time making your own lemonade or other fruity and flavorsome drinks. If you wanted to go down the alcoholic route, there’s a great recipe on Giadzy for a blood orange shandy. It’s Italian-inspired, bringing a nice blend of sweet, sour, and fruitiness to the party. Ideally, use drinks that pair well with your BBQ food to enhance the flavors. 

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Tip 5: Be patient

Don’t be too impatient when grilling your food. Let it sit there for a while on each side to really get the charred marks. You’re not burning it, you’re adding flavor! The worst thing to do is to keep turning your food so there are no char lines at all. It defeats the purpose of a BBQ! Be patient, let it char. 

 

There you have it; my top five tips for your next barbecue. Whether you’re grilling for your family or a larger group, keep these tips in mind for the best experience possible.

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4 Kitchen Hacks To Bring More Flavor To Your Cooking

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It’s always good to find new ways of adding flavor to your cooking. You don’t have to be a chef to figure out how to add little bits of flavor here and there. In fact, it can be much easier than you think. Below, I’ve listed some of my favorite hacks to upgrade all of your dishes. Whether you’re cooking in the kitchen or putting on a BBQ for guests, these tips will help everything taste that little bit nicer!

 

Season sauces with table salt

Initially, this sounds like an obvious thing! However, there are two types of salt; table salt and rock salt. The rock salt is less finely ground and usually comes in one of those twisty salt shakers. When you add this to sauces or stews, it basically does nothing. You won’t add any extra flavor, so it’s a waste. By contrast, table salt is perfect for seasoning. It’s absorbed into the food, bringing out all the little flavors. Save the rock salt for seasoning salads or things that aren’t being cooked! 

 

Switch to meat on the bone

Most people prefer to cook meat off the bone. This means you’re cooking chicken breast all the time, mainly because you don’t want to deal with the bone. However, when meat is on the bone, it has more flavor. It gets this from the bone itself, and it also tends to hold onto more juices. Next time you cook some chicken, think about trying oven baked chicken thighs instead of pan-fried chicken breasts. You’ll be amazed at the difference in flavors! You’re essentially cooking the same thing, but the different methods and cut of chicken will transform it into a flavor party. 

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Use vegetables that are in season

An effortless tip that will make your meals tastier and add some extra diversity to your cooking. Pick whatever vegetables are in season, and you will instantly have more flavor in your food. When something is out of season, it never tastes as nice. They’re not as fresh, the flavors aren’t as powerful as they can be, and it’s a bit of a letdown. By contrast, the in-season veg is so fresh, so flavorsome, and so colorful. My advice is to pick the in-season veg, then make a meal around it!

 

Don’t rush it

We’re all guilty of wanting super quick meals that take a few minutes to make. However, when you rush through the cooking process, things don’t taste anywhere near as good as they could. Instead, take it easy – allow more time for flavors to develop. A good example of this is when you’re cooking a curry, and you add the spices. Let them cook off for at least five minutes to release all their flavors before adding in the liquid ingredients. Use this principle with all types of dishes – turn the heat down slightly to cook for a bit longer. The meal can still be cooked within 30 minutes, but you get way more flavor than if you rushed it in 15. 

 

See, these hacks are so simple and require almost no culinary skills at all! Make a few little alterations to your cooking style, and you’ll create far more flavorsome foods.

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