Looking for BBQ recipes? Here’s our expert guide to creating the perfect BBQ. We have BBQ ideas to suit all your needs from burgers to pulled pork and chicken wings. We’ve also included the best meaty showstoppers, vegan BBQ dishes and some epic grilled seafood and fish recipes.
Once you’re chosen your meat and veg to grill, try our BBQ side dishes, prepare one of our make-ahead summer desserts, and whip up a batch of cocktails in jugs.
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How to cook meat on the BBQ
The barbecue is a versatile cooking tool, it’s an oven and smoker as well as a fierce grill, and we don’t think we’ve been harnessing its true potential. With a bit of planning and care, you can create something truly magical – and here’s how.
- Start early. Light the coals or get the gas barbecue up to temperature, and tend it. The trick with low and slow barbecuing is to keep the temperature even. Brits tend to throw a whole bag of coal with a pack of firelighters and cook when it’s raging hot. Don’t. Start with a third of a bag, or find the right level on the gas and keep it there. This is an exercise in restraint and patience. Find your inner Zen. Use breathing techniques. Calmly does it.
- The meat is also important. Most cuts of brisket in the UK have been trimmed of almost all fat. You need this fat when cooking low and slow. It’ll keep the meat beautifully moist.
- Buy a meat thermometer. There are some people who can tell how the inside of a piece of meat is cooking from 1,000 yards away, most can’t. A meat thermometer lets you know exactly how the meat is cooking and when it’s ready.
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