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Total Guide to BBQs in Manchester
In the age of gas barbecues and those handy disposable ones, cooking outdoors has never been easier!
Children love the novelty and they’re a lot easier to clear up afterwards.
Check out our top tips for the perfect summer barbecue:
First things first, make sure your barbecue is on a steady flat surface, and that it’s away from any trees or plants. It’s always good to make sure you’re barbecuing in an open space, with plenty of ventilation.
Cooking meat on a barbecue
When you’re cooking any sort of meat on a barbecue you have to make sure the coals are glowing amber with a powdery grey surface before you can even start cooking, otherwise the coals won’t be hot enough. You also have to make sure frozen meat is properly defrosted before you throw it on the grill and that you turn the meat frequently, moving it around so it cooks evenly. After all you don’t want to catch food poisoning!
It’s good to remember that meat is only safe to eat only when:
Clear juices run.
The centre is piping hot.
There is no visible pink meat.
If you’ve got a barbecue with a lid, perfect. Use it as much as possible! It actually helps to cook your meat better; you end up with a succulent barbecue taste and ensure its nice and moist inside.
If you don’t want to cook the conventional hot dogs and burgers on the barbie this summer then why not try to out kebabs. Customize them exactly how you want them. Chicken, pork or even marinated vegetables, the possibilities are endless! We especially like serving them up with a variety of tasty dipping sauces.
If you’re planning on serving up fish, make sure to wrap it up in some greaseproof paper and then wrap it up again in aluminium foil and then leave it to steam for a little while. This way you get the best colour and reduce the chances of it drying out.
Manchester has some of the best parks and gardens around, so you really are spoilt for choice when it comes to discovering your perfect barbecue location!
We always get ourselves a mini table to sit alongside our barbecue. It’s a great place to prep meat, hold the skewers and store the buns. Your barbecue might even have one of its own, but if you’re like us you’ll want to be away from the heat in between burger flips.
Another great idea is to have some hot soapy water and a towel close by to avoid getting your greasy hands everywhere!
From our experiences we’ve learnt cooking the biggest piece of steak possible isn’t the most practical. If you try and use smaller cuts of meat they’ll actually cook more evenly and are less prone to burn especially if you place them at the edge of the grill.
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