How to spatchcock a chicken for bbq

How to spatchcock a chicken for bbq

One way to give your guests a little WOW moment at the BBQ is to unveil a whole chicken direct from the grill. Here we will show you how to spatchcock a chicken like a boss.

What does spatchcock mean? Well a whole chicken is quite a large lump of meat, it has parts of different densities and bits that poke out. So the trick to ensure it all cooks at the same time and you don’t end up poisoning your guests is to spatchcock it. This means its basically making the bird more of a uniform shape so it cooks evenly with the added bonus that it actually cooks quicker!

Follow these simple steps and you will have a tender juicy bird every time.

Step 1

You will need

  1. poultry shears or strong kitchen scissors
  2. two long metal skewers
  3. a good rub
  4. ….oh and of course a chicken!

Step 2

  1. Turn the chicken over so the breast is on the board.
  2. Find the spine of the chicken from either end of the cavity.
  3. Using the poultry sheers, snip just to the side of the spine all the way up
  4. Repeat on the other side of the spine

Step 3

  1. open the bird and remove any nastys
  2. dry out cavity with kitchen towel
  3. DO NOT wash as this can spread bugs!
  4. With the heel of you palm lean on the breasts so they flatten to the board

Step 4

  1. Get on metal skewer and push all the way through diagonally
  2. Repeat with other skewer on the opposite side

Step 4

Liberally apply your favourite rub on both sides and massage into all the bird.

If you wanted to be really healthy you could have removed the skin at step 3

Step 5

Using the indirect heat method make sure your bbq is ready.

We used a three burner gas bbq with the far right full on and the middle on low and the first not on at all.

Place breast side down for about 20-25 mins then turn for another 20mins. Check with a meat thermometer that the thighs and breast are all around 75-80 degrees C and the juices run clear

Step 6

Transfer to a board and remove the skewers

Hold aloft and with much dramtic affect place in front of your guests!

That is how to spatchcock a chicken that is guaranteed to get the right results every time. You can also adapt this for other birds as well like pigeon or game, although the cooking time will be much less!

Not sure I try this with a turkey though, don’t think my poor old trusty BBQ would take it.

 

How to light a charcoal BBQ

How to light a charcoal BBQ

Your meat is ready, the drinks are chilling, the guests are on their way…but do you say to yourself “I dont know how to light a charcoal BBQ ” ?

If the answer is yes then this video will be just what you need to help you.

 

 

As we are just starting out on this delicious How to BBQ journey we haven’t had time to film our own video, but seeing this on Youtube allows us to give you the resources you need while you bear with us.

 

How to BBQ Sausages

How to BBQ Sausages

Whether you are using charcoal grill or gas grill you must know how to BBQ sausages while preparing barbecue dishes for you and your family and friends. In fact fresh BBQ sausages are not processed when you are ready to cook them. They must be prepared in advance so that you can cook them thoroughly before eating them. Your barbecue sausages should burst from inside with clear juices and crispy from their outside when cooked perfectly on any of the grills.

You can BBQ sausages in two different methods one is partly boiling the sausages before grilling them and the other is direct grilling the sausages. Both of these methods are briefly described here under to let you know how to BBG sausages.

Method 1: Direct grilling of sausages

This method can be used to cook sausages as soon as you make or buy them. These sausages can be stored in refrigerator for 2-3 days but if you want to retain them for long then they should be stored in the freezer.

In this method you should sear the sausages by placing directly on the grill to give them flavour and brown their skin at moderate temperature. You can brown or deep brown them by turning them frequently by tongs but their skin should not burn or blacken.

You can put and cover them on a spot on the grill where they can receive indirect heat before ensuring that they are perfectly cooked by using meat thermometer.

Method 2: Partly boiling the sausages before grilling

In this method before grilling the sausage links they are boiled for 10-15 minutes. This process, parboiling sausages, simplifies the grilling of the barbecue sausages by reducing their grilling time. You can keep them ready for grilling by parboiling them in advance.

For parboiling your sausage links you will have to put a heavy pan on your gas or charcoal stove and add water into the pan to cover the sausage links completely. In order to give unique combination of taste you can also use beef or chicken stock, wine or beer instead of water. You can use garlic, onion or any other seasoning of your choice, if you are using water for this purpose.

Then lower the heat once the water starts boiling and maintain its temperature to boiling point until the greying of the sausages.

The parboiled sausage should either be wrapped to store them in refrigerator before grilling them up to 2 days or grilled slowly to brown at a suitable spot on the grill. Frozen par-boiled sausages can be grilled even after 2-3 months.

In order to make all of their sides brown you will have to turn the links frequently on the grill using tongs. But tongs should be used carefully as they can puncture the sausages and juices inside them will spill away. In order to ensure proper cooking of the sausages you can use meat thermometer. Their internal temperature should be 65 degrees Celsius (150 degree F) if they are cooked with pork but if they are cooked with poultry then their temperature should not be less than 70 degrees Celsius  (160 degree F).

Thus barbecue sausages can be grilled at any type of stove, gas or charcoal.

An now you know two simple wholesome methods for how to BBQ Sausages

How to BBQ Steak

How to BBQ Steak

As the weather gets warmer outside, everyone wants to party or just to have a small get together in the garden. Nothing can get better than hosting a small barbecue party with your close friends and family. A perfectly done grilled steak is a sure fire winner. But, do you know how to BBQ steak? If not then do not worry there are some methods by which you can serve some delicious grilled steaks to your guests. Here is one of the simplest but we have other ways to pep up your steak in our recipes section

Time Taken:

Normally the preparation time will take 40 to 45 minutes. And the cooking time may vary from 10 to 20 minutes. So, overall it takes some 60 minutes or an hour to serve the hot grilled steaks.

Before You Start:

The first and foremost thing which is very much important is to clean and oil the grills. Clean the grates where you are going to BBQ steak. It will help you to turn them properly and prevent from sticking the grates. You have to heat your grills and scrub them properly with a grill brush. Then take some vegetable oil and brush them lightly on the grates. This will create a non sticky surface for cooking. Then heat it up at a temperature of  320 degrees celcius (450 degree Fahrenheit). High heat ensures that the crust of the steak is crispy and sear.

Seasoning:

Now when it comes to seasoning, you have to keep in mind that you need do this at least 40 minutes before you start grilling. Apply salt at least 40 minutes before you start grilling. The reason is the salt draws the water out from the steak. Sprinkle some pepper on it and rub on both the sides of the steak. Also apply a bit of olive oil which you have to brush out evenly. If you want to make it a bit spicy then add some chilli powder, garlic powder and paprika. Then rub all these properly so that they are evenly spread out on the meat.

Grilling:

Steaks can cook really fast. So, you have to be attentive while you are grilling them. Use a pair of tongs to turn or flip the steaks. Do not use a fork as it can pierce holes into the meat from where all the juices can get released. You will see that the crust is getting crispy and developing a golden brown crust. But make sure to flip often so that the meat is cooked evenly. Once it is done, you have to use a thermometer to see whether it is well done or not. If the thermometer reads 160 degree Fahrenheit then it means “well done”.

After Grilling:

So, these are some of the things you need to remember to get the best barbecue steak. Once it reaches the ideal temperature, you have to take the steak out from the grill. And let it rest for some time. Now you can serve them as whole or also cut them into pieces (according to the size you want) and serve them hot and delicious. This will surely turn out to be your and your guests’ favourite barbecue dish for the summer and you are safe in the knowledge that you now know how to BBQ Steak.

How to BBQ Fish

How to BBQ Fish

Fish is one of the most amazing and healthy foods that you can enjoy. So take the time to learn How to BBQ Fish . It can be done in different ways such as being fried, boiled, stewed and grilled as well. It is believed that BBQ fish is the best as it cooks well and maintains its natural nutrients. There are main types of fish that one can eat; both fresh water and those of from the sea. As they say there are plenty more fish in the sea ( as long as you chose sustainable fish!).

Preparations for BBQ fish

Before start, make sure the grill is properly heated. You want the fish to cook, not sit there and wait and dry out.

Fish are perfect to be marinated using herbs and spices to increase the flavour of the fish. Fresh herbs such as lemon, garlic, rosemary, thyme, coriander go great and help the flavour.

Different types of fish are best grilled depending on the kind of fish it is. Fish that have a slightly rougher texture such as tilapia, sole and flounder, are best barbecued in a packet of foil or in a grill basket. For those with a smoother skin or firm flesh like tuna, salmon, swordfish and halibut is best grilled directly. The heat cooks the fish quickly and gives it that lovely char and smokiness.

Cooking fish on a gas BBQ

Gas BBQ are quick and efficient to use to barbecue fish. They are faster to light since one simply turns on the power and the grill gets heated up. If the gas BBQ has a hood or cover, it is advisable to cover the grill area so that the barbecue heats up quickly and cooks the fish well.

When you are ready to barbecue fish, turn down the heat a little so that you do not burn the fish and place the already marinated fish at the centre of the grill.

As you control the heat, remember to turn the fish on both sides so that one side does not turn black. The appearance of fish should be a light brown and it should be as crispy as possible.

Cooking fish on a charcoal BBQ

You will need to look for dry charcoal that will light up quickly when you want to barbecue fish. Moreover, you will need to apply oil to both sides of the fish so that it does not stick on the grill plate. After lighting the charcoal, close all the vents so that heat does not escape and place the fish at the centre of the grill.

If applied directly to the grill continuously turn the fish until it has the brown colour that gives it the crispy effect.

Our recipes section will contain many more recipes that can help you to know How to BBQ fish and prepare a tantalizing meal of bbq fish that will spice up.