Top Ten BBQ Tips
May 30, 2019
With summer finally here, we turned to one of our former Heroes of the Month, Simon Dyer. Famous from winning ITV’s BBQ Champ Competition in 2015, we met him on one of our annual trips to the Dorset Seafood Festival. Often found smoking meat in a Macaroni and a pair of our waffle flip flops, Simon has been a Weird Fish wearer for years, and we thought he was the best choice to give us some tips on how to get the best out of your BBQ this summer.
1) Always use good quality lump wood charcoal.
2) Always use natural fire lighters, not chemical based as this can taint the charcoal and your food.
3) Invest in a charcoal starter, it makes life so much easier and you will be able to cook on the charcoal from the starter within 15 to 20 minutes.
4) If your BBQ comes with a lid use it! It turns a grill into an oven or a smoker and you can cook larger cuts of meat in this.
5) Fire control is the key to any successful BBQ. Make sure you have a hot area, and a cool area on your grill, to use as a safety zone if your food is cooking too fast.
6) Oil and season your meat not the grill to avoid your food sticking to the grill.
7) Use BBQ rubs to give different flavours to your foods when cooking over fire. Wet marinades tend to burn due to their high sugar content.
8) When making your own burgers, never add salt to the meat mixture as you will get dry burgers. Season the burgers when they are on the grill.
9) Invest in a fish basket for cooking fish fillets as it makes turning the fish so much easier and stops delicate fish fillets from braking up.
10) Crustaceans and shellfish come in their own cooking containers (the shell) so you can place them directly on to the fire to cook.
You can cook just about any dish on a BBQ as you could in your home oven or grill. All it takes is a little imagination.
BBQ is not just about meats and fish, try vegetables and fruits cooked over the coals and take your BBQ to the next level.
To make sure that all your fish and meat dishes are at a safe temperature, invest in a good quality food temperature probe.
We bumped into Simon again at this year's Dorset Seafood Festival doing some cooking demonstrations with fellow BBQ expert BBQ Ben. This fantastic free event was hosted by Nyetimber Sparkling Wine in Weymouth harbour 13th -14th July 2019. It was our 10th year as a festival sponsor, and we will certainly be heading back for number 11 next year.
We also saved Simon from a wardrobe malfunction when his shorts split during a cooking demo, we quickly helped out our hero with an emergency pair of shorts.
May your fires burn bright and your food taste just right!