Barbecue (or BBQ) is normally best enjoyed during Summer nights, however, warm nights or sunny days any time of year is still perfect for the backyard cookout. We (or I) rather be outdoors as much as possible and enjoy the gathering of friends and family.
Hosting or heading to a barbecue, you can be sure you’ll find a group of characters. The Meat Master – usually the host who oversees the grill. They’ll be wielding the tongs and spatula, seasoning and searing over the hot grill. The only help you can provide is banter and keeping their beers cold and coming. The Woo Girl – she’s loud and has no social filter (wait till her favourite ‘baller’ song comes on). The Jokester – here comes the dad jokes, party tricks and hyena laughs.
The Salad Maker – there is always one guest that believes their potato salad, beetroot apricot ensemble or the latest Delicious magazine salad is on-trend and healthy. The Salad maker is close friends with The Dietary – usually brings their own food, cooked separately (uses the oven to prepare their special meal), this is due to allergies they have (or is fasting, juice cleansing or something).
The Plus One – yep that’s me, the one where no one knows who they are or is socially awkward (thinking we’ll mingle with other people easily). Tends to bring extra booze for the host and them (liquid courage helps). The Wannabe DJ – taking requests and playing their favourites. From old school bangers to unknown Triple J artists to club music (put your hands up in the air).
Let’s talk food. What to prepare is up to you and the number of guests attending. This is only a guide, but a tasty steak, fliping burgers, ribs, sausages, chicken, and fish on the grill sounds tasty to me.
Grilled Marinated Ribeyes
Place onion, garlic, olive oil, vinegar, soy sauce, rosemary, salt, and pepper into the bowl of a food processor. Process until smooth. Place steak in a large resealable plastic bag. Pour marinade over steaks, seal, and refrigerate for about three hours. Place the steaks on the grill and cook until golden brown and slightly charred, 4 to 5 minutes. Turn the steaks over and continue to grill 3 to 5 minutes for medium-rare, 5 to 7 minutes for medium, or 8 to 10 minutes for medium-well.
Baby Back Pork Ribs
Marinate ribs with brown sugar, paprika (or cayenne), chili powder, ground cumin, garlic powder, and salt – seal and refrigerate for a few hours. Preheat oven to 120’C, add ingredients into an oven tray, seal tightly with foil and bake for about 2 hours. Then carefully remove and place ribs over the bbq, brush with glaze, cooked until borwn and slightly charred.
Bone-in chicken will generally take 35 mintues to cook through on the grill. Season with salt and pepper and continue to bast with your favourite sauce.
The Meat Master requires the right tools and Wiltshire BBQ Accessories Range are available from Wiltshire.com.au and BIG W.
Bar-B Mate (AUD $10)
The burger-flipping, sausage-piercing, chop-cutting, self-standing, non-rusting spatula. This multi-purpose BBQ tool has a cutting edge and piecing prongs to get those sausages grilled to perfection.
Bar-B Tongs (AUD $10)
Has extra long heat resistant handles for maximum comfort and safety when handling food over the BBQ. Can be stored inside or outside as the stainless steel design is rust resistant.
Bar B Digital Thermometer (AUD $19)
Say goodbye to under or over cooked meat. The Bar-B digital thermometer instantly reads temperatures when turned, with a foldable compact design.
Bar-B Cleaning Stone with Handle (AUD $12)
Tough burnt- on food and fat is no match for the Wiltshire Bar-B cleaning stone. The stone is made of odorless, non-toxic, chemical- free pumice for a healthier cooking surface with a long handle to prevent burns.
Bar-B-Clean BBQ Wipes (AUD $6)
Super quick and convenient the Bar-B Clean wipes bring back the sparkle without serious elbow grease, with small, raised nodules to cut through grease without scratching.
What’s your favourite BBQ receipe?