If you’re holding a barbecue this summer, here are some tips
that will ensure you'll be the perfect barbecue host
- Keep all your barbecuing tools handy - tongs, chopping boards,
insulated gloves, brushes ect.
- Never mix together different raw foods (i.e. fish and chicken)
in the same marinade. Always keep in separate containers. Use separate
chopping boards and utensils for handling raw and cooked foods to
- Remove meat and poultry from the fridge an hour before cooking
and leave covered in a cool kitchen until required. This will help
bring the food back to an ambient temperature, and will result in
a more succulent cooked result.
- Always know how many guests you are expecting and make sure you
are seated near to the kitchen. This means you won’t be barging
past your guests when going to and from the house.
- Keep plenty of iced water handy – particularly if you’re
barbecuing on a hot day. If you stick with the beer or wine your
guests will soon be dehydrated (and you maybe too tipsy to tend
- Prepare dressings for salads and marinades for the barbecue in
advance to be one step ahead of yourself – and the changeable
weather! Meat and poultry will benefit from marinating overnight
in the refrigerator rather than for an hour just prior to barbecuing,
so do as much preparation ahead of time as possible.
- If you’re having a barbecue at night, don’t forget
to consider the lighting.
- Check with your guests if they have any special dietary requirements.
- Burning citrus candles is a great way to keep the bugs at bay
and stop them biting your guests, especially if you’re serving
any sweet food or drinks.
- If you’re having an afternoon barbecue, make sure there’s
plenty of shade to avoid sticky sun burnt guests.
- Pork, sausages, burgers and chicken in particular, must always
be cooked through to the center. It might look cooked on the outside
but can still be raw in the middle. Check by piercing the thickest
part with the point of a sharp knife. If the juices run clear then
the meat is ready. Any sign if pink juices will require further
- Be aware of wind direction and the proximity of neighbors when
placing your BBQ.
- Clean your charcoal barbecue after each use, once the grill has
cooled down - a wire brush and warm soapy water is all that is needed
- little and often is secret. Your gas barbecue can be cleaned by
simply burning off the grill for 10 minutes.
Cooking meat has everything to do with time and temperature. You
have too much of one or the other or both you may be seriously overcooking
the meats. When you overcook meat, the fibrous proteins in it become
solid, dense, and dry. You need to find a happy compromise between
getting the meat done and keeping it moist and tender.
You should invest in an instant-read thermometer, which will help
you know when your meat is fully cooked. Meats will continue to
cook after you remove them from the heat — small cuts like
pork chops and hamburgers will rise an additional 5° or so while
large roasts will rise 10° or so — so you should remove
them shortly before they reach the desired temperature.
Here is a helpful guide to proper meat temperatures
Fresh ground beef, veal, lamb, pork 160°F
Beef, veal, lamb roasts, steaks, chops: medium rare 145°F
Beef, veal, lamb roasts, steaks, chops: medium 160°F
Beef, veal, lamb roasts, steaks, chops: well done 170°F
Fresh pork roasts, steaks, chops: medium 160°F
Fresh pork roasts, steaks, chops: well done 170°F
Ham: cooked before eating 160°F
Ham: fully cooked, to reheat 140°F
Ground chicken/turkey 165° F
Whole chicken/turkey 180° F
Poultry breasts, roasts 170° F
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