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Barbecues

Discussion in 'Cookery' started by inky, Aug 26, 2011.

  1. inky

    inky Lead commenter

    They're a party thing over here but I've learnt to do them just for two, even in winter, with just enough charcoal for two steaks or fish or whatever. Does anyone else do this?
     
  2. inky

    inky Lead commenter

    They're a party thing over here but I've learnt to do them just for two, even in winter, with just enough charcoal for two steaks or fish or whatever. Does anyone else do this?
     
  3. BelleDuJour

    BelleDuJour Star commenter

    Yes, but we have a gas one and just turn on part of it!
     
  4. inky

    inky Lead commenter

    Cheat.
    We have a basic cheap one and that's all part of the fun.

     
  5. BelleDuJour

    BelleDuJour Star commenter

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  6. nick909

    nick909 Lead commenter

    Yes, we frequently do them for just the two of us...as you say just a few lamb chops, maybe a fillet of mackerel or two, or whatever...
    My wife's family consider this bizarre, as a barbecue for them means eating their own weight in sausages and chicken drumsticks.
    We love it however. It might not be the most cost-efficient way of eating meat or fish (and we won't bother to try to calculate the relative cost to the environment...[​IMG]) but it's so damn tasty!
    A fave is to buy a whole rib of beef on the bone and cook that with the lid down, so it's not directly over the coals. 15-20 minutes, turning regularly and you have something delicious! Plenty of leftovers too,
     
  7. anon468

    anon468 New commenter

    Or twenty!!! [​IMG]
     
  8. inky

    inky Lead commenter

    .. and a few loaves..
     
  9. We too have a gas BBQ and use it all year round for cooking meat, fish, veg - everything really!
    It lives in the shed and Climber gets flummoxed if he runs out of gas! Cooking meat indoors on the cooker is just wrong!
     
  10. egyptgirl

    egyptgirl Senior commenter

    Brisket slow-cook on the BBQ is delish!
     
  11. inky

    inky Lead commenter

    There's obviously a level of barbecuing that I don't even known about, let alone aspired to. I love brisket but could never cook it on our simple, lidless bbc!

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  12. inky

    inky Lead commenter

     
  13. inky

    inky Lead commenter

    I'm really stingy with fuel. My brother came to stay with us on holiday a few years ago and couldn't understand why we didn't use those slow-burn briquette things. I had to explain that long life wasn't an issue when we were cooking three steaks rare!
    My brother does do excellent party bbcs, by the way.
     
  14. modelmaker

    modelmaker Occasional commenter

    You ought to get a BBQ with a lid, inky. It will change your life.
    For a start, you only need a fraction of the fuel you'll burn on an open one, and if you keep the coals well away from the food, i.e. indirect cooking, you can cook things like brisket slowly.
    Add a bit of wood to smoke away and flavour the meat and you're dining on cloud number 9. The thing about covered barbecues is you don't have to worry about the food. None of the constant turning you mentioned. No flare ups to worry about.
    I'm actually cooking on the barbecue as I type. Pork ribs which take about 3 hours for the meat to fall off the bone and taste brilliant and some thick burgers I made which obviously take a lot less.

     
  15. inky

    inky Lead commenter

    Ta, mm. I'll so a bit of research. Mind you, with just two of us on holiday, simplicity is very much to be desired. It doesn't take much effort to bbc a pair of charolais entrecote steaks or a few sardines!

     
  16. modelmaker

    modelmaker Occasional commenter

    I hadn't realised you're barbecuing on holiday, that's a different matter entirely. I hope you're having a great time.
    Yes, cooked on lots of open barbecues away from home, and it all adds to the fun. Freedom from restaurants and waiters. Simple food, cooked on the beach or in a forest. A hot picnic.
    I believe they make covered traveling barbecues, but seriously, who would take one on holiday? It's more than enough work trying to get mrs modelmaker's luggage into the car as it is, let alone finding space for a barbecue.
     
  17. inky

    inky Lead commenter

    We don't take ours on holiday - it stays in the caravan all year round. We're far too mean to buy a fancy bbc when a simple one does very well for us.
    I'm interested in halogen ovens but am scared of them getting too hot non-metallic surfaces.
     

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