Take Your Australia Day BBQ To The Next Level With These 14 Hacks
Embrace these barbecue hacks to get the most of your outdoor cooking experience.
By Reader's Digest Editors
There are a few easy barbecue hacks that you can follow to really take it up a notch.
1. Oil the grill
Before you add any food, it’s a good idea to add some oil to the grill to prevent food from sticking. Consider using a chilli or garlic oil to add some extra flavour.
2. Make grown-up lemonade
If you’re bored of supermarket lemonade, it’s easy to make a smoky version by roasting lemon slices on the grill and blitzing them up with some sugar and water.
3. Cook a pizza
Few of us think of pizza as a traditional barbecue food, but barbecued pizza has a great smoky flavour and will crisp up nicely under the high temperatures.
4. Mix mayo with mince for burgers
By adding mayonnaise into the burger mixture, you’ll ensure you get lovely juicy burgers every time.
5. Use a two-zone system
Having a barbecue at a single temperature is a bad idea. Use a good pair of tongs to move the coals or wood so that one half of the grill is hotter than the other, allowing you to regulate cooking temperatures.
6. Put vegetables in parcels
If you have a vegetarian guest to cook for, put some of their favourite vegetables in a tin foil parcel along with some herbs and a splash of oil, and you have a tasty, yet simple, vegetarian main.
By keeping the vegetables in the parcel they’ll cook evenly, but also avoid coming into contact with meat products.
7. Put condiments in a muffin tray
Condiments are king at barbecues, but having a table full of bottles isn’t very visually appealing. Using a muffin tray to serve condiments looks nicer, and allows you to carry them from the kitchen with ease.
8. Use half an onion to clean the grill
It’s a good idea to wipe down the grill before adding food – but it can be a real hassle, which puts lots of people off barbecuing. A good hack is to rub half an onion along the grill before you’re ready to add your food – it will remove all of the grime without the fuss.
9. Microwave meat first
It might sound insane but try microwaving meat first in order to cook it through, and then finish it on the barbecue. It’ll be evenly cooked but will still have the nice, smoky flavour.
11. Cook fish on lemon slices
A layer of lemon slices on the grill will prevent delicate fish from sticking, and will help to impart a citrus flavour.