Top tips! How to cook the perfect BBQ
Stoke the coals, get the BBQ fired up and get grilling with these five top tips on how to cook the perfect BBQ feast for family and friends every time.
Rob Morton, owner of Morton’s Family Farm in North Norfolk, knows a thing or two about great grilling and shares a few of his meaty secrets!
1/ Warm it up
Take the meat out of the fridge and let it sit out at room temperature for 20-30 minutes. The key to a perfect steak is cooking it at high temperature for a short amount of time. The colder a steak is when it hits the grill, the longer it will take to cook and the more time it spends over heat, the tougher it gets.
2/ Season, season, season
Salt, pepper and rubs will bring out the beautiful flavours of big thick steaks as well as from pork and chicken, but be really delicate when applying to the meat. Don’t rub them in hard as it can ruin the meat’s texture.
3/ Know when it’s ready
This is one of the hardest parts of BBQing. It can be really tricky to know when a steak is cooked just the way you like it or when a chicken is cooked all the way through. For chicken, make a slit in the thickest part of the cut. If it’s still pink, put it back on the grill. The juices that escape should also run clear. For steak and pork chops, poke with your index finger. The firmer it is, the more well done it will be and the softer it is, rarer.
4/ Let it rest
Giving cooked meat the time to rest afterwards is the secret to juicy, melt in the mouth, perfectly cooked meat. The resting process helps the juices flow throughout the meat, making for the best bite. Patience is a virtue, and it certainly pays off in this instance!
5/ Clean your grill grate every time
A clean grill will allow for non-stick grilling. Invest in a good brush and use it at the beginning of every BBQ session. After scrubbing, you can also brush a bit of olive oil evenly over the grate, which will help to prevent the meat from sticking when you flip it!