The British summertime never fails to keep us on our toes! We’re staying optimistic though - in between the downpours, there have been some spells of glorious sunshine, and in preparation for the next heatwave, we thought we’d share some of our favourite barbecue tips and recipes. Enjoy!


The Magnificient Hasselback Potato

Hasselback potatoes are a marvellous invention, and super easy to prepare too! (Always a bonus in our book!) To ‘hasselback’, you simply get a potato and place it on a wooden spoon, then slice down until you hit the spoon (so it doesn't cut all the way through). Space your lines around 3mm apart, and once you've finished cutting, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and roll your potatoes around in a bowl of a few tbsp of olive oil. Next up, place the hasselbacks on the bbq and hey presto - watch them cook into crispy, yet deliciously tender perfection! The trick for ultra-juiciness is to paint again with olive oil during, and at the end of cooking process! For extra indulgence, mix in some butter with the olive oil too!

hasselback

 

Sweet ‘n’ Spicy Grilled Onion Discs

Look for a delicious BBQ side dish that’s easy-to-make, vegetarian-friendly and delicious too? Why not try these sweet ‘n’ spicy grilled onion discs? 


onion disks

Ingredients:

2 Onions
The Sauce:
2 tbsp Olive Oil
1 tbsp Honey
1 tbsp Mustard of your choice
1 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
Pinch of Salt
Pinch of Pepper

Method:

1) Cut the onions into discs
2) Put cocktails sticks in the onions
3) Using a brush, paint on the sauce
4) BBQ! 



Knowing When Your Steak Is Ready

If you don’t use a meat thermometer, and you’re after a quick way to test how cooked your steak is - use your hand! Check out this great image courtesy of Grillers. Simply change the position of your fingers, to change the firmness of your hand - and relate this to your steak! Genius!

grilled steak tips

 

Make A Bed For Your Vegetables

Got lots of herbs in the garden? Why not ‘make a bed’ for your veg? This is a favourite of Gordon Ramsey and is ideal for use in a bbq-safe tray, or even in the oven on a rainy day.

Good herbs to use are hardy herbs such as rosemary, oregano and thyme. Simply line the bottom of a dish with them, add garlic, add your veg, then sprinkle salt, pepper, and olive oil on top and cover with foil. (Ideal vegetables to use are carrots, turnips, and beetroot).

bed of veg 1

bed of veg2

 

Easy Chimichurri

Chimichurri is perfect on potatoes, steak, chicken, fish, and everything in between! Make this beautifully fresh and herby condiment in a few simple steps.

chimichurri

Ingredients:

1 handful of parsley
1 handful of fresh oregano
3 cloves of garlic
1 red chilli
2 tablespoons of red wine vinegar
½ cup of olive oil
¼ teaspoon of sea salt
¼ teaspoon of ground black pepper 

Method:

1) Add all the ingredients to a food processor and blitz!
2) Stop and scrape down from the sides if it hasn’t blended.
3) Keep blending until it becomes a paste.

 

Bonus BBQ Tips

1) When skewering vegetables/meat, use two sticks for extra strength (no more veg dropping down the grate!)

2) Always let meat rest for 10 minutes before serving - this is essential for keeping the juices inside the meat and letting them marinate it from the inside.

3) Use lumpwood charcoal if you can get hold of it - this gives the most flavour, and is the most pure type of charcoal, without added chemicals.

4) Grill fish on top of lemon slices - not only does it intensify the flavour, but it stops fish from sticking! 

5) At the end of the day when the coals have died down - bbq  a banana! It might sound weird - but slice a banana lengthways, add cubes of your favourite chocolate, then wrap in foil. Place on the BBQ and soon you’ll have melty chocolatey-banana heaven!

6) To keep food separate for a vegan/vegetarian friend - make a parcel with tin foil, and then place on the BBQ. Easy - no contact with meat, and perfectly cooked too!

banana bbq

We hope you enjoyed our barbecue tips! If you've got any we've missed - feel free to let us know on social!