Summer is officially here, and you know what that means – it’s barbecue season! Get ready to fire up the grill because here at Chefs Plate, we’re super excited to launch our new BBQ-Ready recipes!
If you haven’t done much barbecuing before, have no fear, we’ve got everything you need to know to become a grillmaster in no time.
To start off, you’re going to need a few things:
- Propane for the grill
- A brush to clean the grill grate
- Two tongs and a spatula to flip food
- A BBQ Brush – optional, but great for brushing on sauces and marinades
- A meat thermometer – optional, but great tool to check for doneness
- A plate, so you can always be ready to take food off the grill as soon as it’s done
Before you start cooking, it’s best to know the ins and outs of your grill.
Before you do anything, check to see if you have enough propane in the tank so that the heat doesn’t get shut off halfway through cooking! To do this,
- Open the lid of the barbecue before you turn on the gas, so that the fumes don’t build up underneath the hood.
- Then, slowly open the valve of your propane tank all the way, and wait for a minute for the gas to travel through the pipes.
- Ignite the barbecue by spinning the temperature knobs to ‘High’. In the event that your barbecue is equipped with an igniter switch, press that before turning up the heat.
- Close the lid, and preheat for 10-15 minutes or until your desired heat. Always preheat your grill before putting anything on it. This helps avoid overcooking your meat, and gives you those grill marks that you’re looking for.
Once your grill is nice and hot, grab your steel brush, and scrape off any residue that’s stuck on the grill grate. A quick tip – if you don’t have a steel brush, wad up some aluminum foil and rub that against the charred bits to clean them off.
You’re nearly there! To keep food from sticking to the grill, scrunch up a couple of paper towels, and dip them in a bit of cooking oil. Pick up the paper towel ball with your tongs and rub the oil all over the grill grate. For this step, it’s best to use an oil with a high smoke point like canola oil. Oiling your grates well will go a long way in getting those picture perfect grill-marks and preventing your food from sticking.
Once your grill is all set up, it’s time to throw some food on it. Here are a few quick tips to make sure you bring out the best flavour in your cooking.
- Take your meat out of the fridge early. Bringing it to room temperature before you put it on the grill will allow for more even cooking
- Flip with tongs or a spatula rather than a fork, to keep meat as juicy as possible
- Use two sets of tongs/spatulas – one for raw meat, and one for cooked meat to avoid contamination
- Flip your meat as little as possible, leave it alone as much as you can
- Keep the BBQ lid closed as much as possible to prevent heat from escaping
- Avoid pressing down on your food with a spatula, because it squeezes the juices out, and causes the flames to flare up
- Finally, baste meat and veggies at the end. Most sauces burn easily, and this way you can retain the flavour
Ready to put your new skills to the test? Check out Chefs Plate’s new BBQ-Ready Options, which are available now on both our 2 Person and Family Plans! Look in the ‘Chef’s Tip’ section of the recipe card to find out how to elevate your dishes with that beautiful backyard barbecue flavour.
Don’t have a barbecue? No problem, all of our meals can be prepared either in the oven, or on the stovetop instead!