Summer is in full swing and the temperature is heating up. No one wants to turn on the stove! Plus everything just tastes better cooked on the grill. If you’re lucky enough to have a BBQ, then we have some great suggestions for you.
If it’s just you and BAE, you will likely be able to fit the main and your side veggies all on at the same time. No need to dirty any more dishes or turn on the stove. Just make sure you put the food on in the order of how long it takes to cook. Things that take longer should go on first. In general it’s best to cook the veggies around the edge and the meat in the centre.
Take advantage of any extra space on the grill and cook up more than you will need so you have leftovers for lunch the next day. Just don’t leave food on the grill unattended if possible. Food can go from juicy to charcoal pretty fast! You also want to be there in case of any flare ups.
It really is important to have the right gear when BBQing. Using a meat thermometer takes all the guess work out of when to take your food of the grill. Eventually you might not need it but why risk it? Remember that meat will continue to cook once you pull it off so know what temperature you’re aiming for and take the meat off 10 degrees or so before you reach that. It’s also important to have an accurate thermometer for the grill. If yours doesn’t come with one, or it’s not accurate, they can be purchased separately.
Remember to let your meat rest once you take it off. This allows the juices to be redistributed. Tent the meat with tinfoil and let rest for 10-20 minutes. We know it’s hard to wait to bite into that delicious looking steak but trust us – resting your meat before you cut into makes a huge different in taste and texture. Use this time to set the table and toss the salad!
Barbecuing isn’t just for meat-eaters. Veggies are awesome grilled. So is tofu. Check out this awesome guide to the best grilled tofu ever: http://www.seriouseats.com/2015/02/the-food-lab-how-to-grill-tofu-vegan-experience.html
And remember all those roses we told you about here? They really are awesome with BBQ. Go on! Try it and let us know which one you liked the best and your favourite pairings. And we want to see pictures! Tag us in your IG and Facebook posts.