The Sun Will Shine - its BBQ Time
Our cabinets are fully stocked at this time of year with delicious British free-range Pork, Lamb, Poultry and Beef, ready to cook on the BBQ.
You can keep it simple by picking up our freshly minced and handmade burgers (try the variety that we spike with applewood cheddar), free-range beef, lamb or chicken kebabs and barn-reared chicken legs and thighs each marinaded in spicy Argentinean, sweet mint, piri piri or smokey bourbon blends, and of course our range of freshly made, free-range pork sausages.
Take it up a notch and pick out one of our spatchcock chickens or poussin with your own choice of marinade, mini cooking chorizo sausages, beef flat ribs, pork baby back ribs, halloumi cheese or a stack of our sensational 21-day dry aged best of British steaks.
If you just don't know what to choose we have a range of fresh BBQ Meat Boxes designed specifically for cooking on the coals and to satisfy all of your guests. They cater for a private party of two to a full feast for family and friends, all available to buy online or from the shop. The Arbuturian featured our signature BBQ box and it would seem that they rather liked it.
Light the barbecue before the guests arrive, you don’t want to cook on lots of flames and smoke, just nice red-hot embers.
Marinade the day before or buy our own marinated BBQ-ready cuts for maximum flavour. Marinades flavour and tenderise meat. Use strong plastic bags, tied securely to prevent leakage when you turn them. Or cover food tightly with clingfilm and use non-reactive containers such as glass, or stainless steel.
Don’t use Extra Virgin olive oil in marinades. It burns and smokes on contact with the barbecue. Use light olive oil, or vegetable oil instead and save the extra virgin bottles for your salads and sauces (finishing oil).
Before placing meat on the barbecue grill, rub or shake off any excess marinade, particularly if there is any oil in it, to prevent burning or flaring and the consequent smoky bitter flavour.
Prepare as much the day before as possible, salads, sauces, slice onions etc.
Have your cooking utensils organised.
A spray bottle of water is good to have at hand. You can extinguish excessive flames with this (should they appear). ? Don’t leave cooking food unattended – you know it’ll burn when your back is turned!
Use great basic ingredients – Great meat and in-season vegetable.
Season your meat, preferably with sea salt, after it comes off the grill. Doing this before will draw moisture from the food, making it stick more easily, and dry.
NOT straight from the fridge! Always give enough time out of the fridge, at least 20 minutes, for raw barbecue dishes to lose their chill and to be approaching room temperature. If the meat, chicken, fish or vegetable is too cold in the centre, the outside may well burn before the inside is cooked. If you don’t usually do this, be careful as meat will cook quicker like this, so watch your timings.
Move cooking food around on the grill using cooler and hotter spots as required.
Is it cooked? - Using a small sharp knife, cut into the centre of the meat (down to the bone if there is one) to check that the flesh is cooked and juices are running clear. For flaky fish, such as salmon, press the flesh with your finger or a fork to check that the flakes come apart, indicating that it is ready.
Rest the meat – don’t cut meat straight from the BBQ as it will squeeze all its juices out. Let the muscle fibres relax and take back the juices after the intensity of the heat. Rest somewhere away from direct heat (just warm), loosely covered in foil; approx 5- 10 mins for small chicken joints & steaks, min 15 mins for large joints.
Be hygienic – keep a bowl of warm soapy water or baby wipes handy to wash your hand. Keep raw and cooked food trays, bowls, chopping boards & marinades separate. Never put cooked meat back onto the same dish you used for marinating the raw food. Always use a clean serving dish or plate.
Cooking Time Guidelines – these are approximate only
Steaks - med/rare (1” thick)
Cook 3-4 mins per side
Steaks - well done
5-6 mins per side
7 mins turning occasionally
8-12 mins turning occasionally
Drummers & Thighs
8-12 mins turning occasionally
6-8 mins turning occasionally
5-10 mins turning occasionally
10-15 mins turning occasionally
8-10 mins turning occasionally
Our wine recommendation for all those steaks, burgers and sausages is bargain of a Malbec (called Santuario) from Argentina or our Vina Real, Crianza Rioja. If a cool beer is more your thing we have the locally brewed Juddler's Tipple range as well as a choice of all-day IPAs from Brewers Union. We even have an all-English Eco Charcol by the bag for perfect coals. Now, stock up early………..you’re not the only one thinking of going all ‘al fresco’!