BBQ season is just around the corner, and with restrictions lifted, many are hoping to host summer gatherings in the garden.
Whether it’s a charcoal or gas grill, preparing a delicious meal perfectly for the heat wave shouldn’t be too difficult.
With our simple recipe tips, friends and family will come back for seconds.
Here you can find out everything you need to know:
How to grill
Take into account the time it will take for the grill to warm up – start at least 30 minutes before you are ready to start grilling.
Remove the grill lid and all grill racks and open the ventilation slots in the base. Pour the charcoal evenly on the lower grate and place 3 – 4 lighters on it.
Carefully light the lighters with a long match. Use tongs to collect the coal around the lit firelighters and let them sit for about twenty minutes.
You can tell that the coal is hot enough when it glows red and is covered with gray ash.
Bring back the grill rack and you’re ready to cook. You can vary the cooking temperature by bringing the food closer or further to the hot coals.
Some prefer gas grills because they are as easy to start as lighting a switch, but caution should be exercised nonetheless.
Open the grill, then open the gas bottle valve.
Turn the first knob to a high setting and wait a few seconds for the gas to build up in the ignition chamber. Press the ignition button and the burner should heat up – turn on the rest.
Close the lid and preheat the grill to the desired temperature – and you’re ready to go.
How to clean a grill
Cleaning a grill can keep even the biggest BBQ fanatic from hosting a cooking session.
However, there are a few hacks that can make the process a little easier.
Washing the components may not seem like fun, but hand scrubbing is the most thorough way to keep everything clean.
While the grill is still warm, gently wipe off as much leftover food as possible, then use a solution of hot water and dish soap to clean it thoroughly.
If this doesn’t seem to work, you may need to purchase a custom-made grill cleaner.
Another method of cleaning is to use the heat from the grill itself to burn off the bacteria. Before you begin, heat the grill to the highest temperature for at least 15 minutes and scrape off as much residue as possible before you start grilling.
How to grill corn on the cob
Corn on the cob is easy to prepare and goes well with burgers and salads.
Experiment with your favorite seasoning – why not try a mix of honey and chilli for a sticky side or stick with the classic herb butter?
Regardless of what you add, make sure there is a base of butter or oil in place. Cover the flasks, then wrap them in foil. Place on the preheated grill for about half an hour, turning regularly.
To make them extra grilled, wrap them out of the foil and place them directly on the grill for an extra few minutes.
How to grill chicken
Again, it’s best to try a few marinades to find something you like the most, but when in doubt, reach for a ready-made barbecue sauce from the grocery store.
Brush your chicken breasts or thighs in the sauce and leave them to stand for a couple of hours if possible.
Once you’re ready to cook, place the meat straight on the heat. Turn it over for about thirty to forty minutes about every ten minutes – this depends on your grill.
Serve with lettuce, crispy potatoes and corn on the cob.