We've asked our friends at UK BBQ Mag for some hints and tips for getting the most out of your BBQ this summer. Read their top 10 tips below:
1. A good BBQ starts with good produce, instead of heading to the supermarket, go to your local butcher or fishmonger. A good butcher should be a BBQ'ers best friend.
2. Cook with the lid down for most things, this will turn your BBQ into a smoky oven, and will make sure the food cooks through. Lid down cooking is more efficient and gives a better smoky flavour.
3. Learn about indirect cooking, (cooking lid down, food not over the coals) you can cook large chunks of meat easily like this without burning.
4. Brush on any BBQ sauce in the last few minutes of cooking so the sweet sauce doesn't burn.
5. Use a digital temperature probe to check the internal temperature of the meat to check it's cooked to your liking and safe to eat.
6. Go easy on the smoke, if you add smoking wood to your BBQ go gently,if you can't fit the wood in one hand then it's too much.
7. For a smoky BBQ flavour on a gas BBQ, make up a smoke bomb, wrap a small handful of damp smoking wood chips in tin foil and make a couple of holes with the tip of a knife in the foil. Place close to gas burners to smoulder and smoke.
8. Invest in a pair of heavy duty welders gloves for moving hot grates and pans around.
9. Cast iron pans are brilliant on a BBQ for very gentle foods such as scallops and seafood, you can add sauces too which will allow you to get creative.
10. If you're planning a BBQ party for a lot of people make it easy for yourself and BBQ a large cut of meat low n slow such as pork shoulder instead of working your socks off flipping burgers and sausages, it makes for a more relaxed BBQ.
A big thank you to UK BBQ Mag for their support. Visit their website for year round inspiration for all things cooking outdoors.