“My first outdoor cooking memories are full of erratic British summers, Dad swearing at a barbecue that he couldn’t put together, and eventually eating charred sausages, feeling brilliant!” – Jamie Oliver
As we hurtle through May, most of us will be wondering how on earth the year can be flashing by so fast. The great British summer is almost upon us, and that can only mean the most traditional of British pastimes is just around the corner – the barbecue! Hopefully we get some good weather this year….(unlike today – its raining on and off like a good UK summer tends to do!).
Yes, we Brits do love a barbecue in the summer. As we mentioned in our blog last month, we love to commemorate happy occasions with good food – and boy do barbecues mean delicious food! Sausages, burgers, hot dogs … you name it!
As the head of a Scottish meat manufacturing company – who use only the most high quality ingredients in our products – I tend to feel a certain obligation to make sure the meat we Brits are cooking is done right! That is why, with the help of the rest of the staff at Speyside HQ, I have put together some top tips for the perfect barbecue!
Tip 1: Traditional beats modern … every time! Ditch the convenience of a gas or electric barbecue and go for a traditional charcoal barbecue. You won’t regret that authentic smokey barbecue taste. Anyway, going old-school mountain man/woman style is half the fun!
Tip 2: The real taste is in the smoke. Carrying on from tip 1, I would just like to emphasise that to really get that authentic barbecue flavour you need to keep the flames to a minimum and the smoke to a max! Keep the lid on your barbecue shut and let your meat smoke for a good half hour. Only check occasionally, you don’t want to lose the heat and the smoke by regularly opening and closing the lid.
Tip 3: Some meat will need a bit of pre-cooking before going onto the BBQ. For example, I would recommend you pop your chicken in the oven before grilling on the barbecue. This will cut down on cooking time, and make sure that the meat is correctly cooked all the way through.
Tip 4: Although the meat is considered the most important part of a barbecue, you still need to know how to compliment your mains. Preparing your side dishes in advance should keep you in good stead. A traditional British barbecue is not usually without potato salad, coleslaw, corn-on-the-cob and a big side salad complete with baby potatoes.
Tip 5: Last but not least, have fun! A BBQ is about sharing a summer’s day with your loved ones. A novelty apron, some outdoor games and a ready laugh can go a long way!
We hope that we have inspired some barbecue chefs in some of you, and we wish you all a great British summer!