The late May bank holiday marks the beginning of National Barbecue Week in the UK, and a mixture of hot weather and stay-at-home rules has prompted a surge of interest in outdoor grilling.
If you're planning to fire up your gas or charcoal grill this National Barbecue Week, our advice can help you make the best of your barbecue and avoid any mishaps.
Read on to find out our top five tips for National Barbecue Week, which runs from 25-31 May 2020.
If you've planned your barbecue for a specific time, you can save yourself effort on the day and enhance the taste of your food by prepping in advance.
Some of the best barbecue food needs marinating to hit its full potential. Although a couple of hours is sufficient, marinating overnight is the best way to give your food the greatest burst of flavour.
Perfectly marinated chicken grilled over a barbecue is certain to take your barbecue up to the next level. Here's a simple blend of ingredients for making a tasty marinade:
Once nicely marinated, chicken should cook for roughly 15-20 minutes on each side - but make sure it's cooked all the way through before eating it.
We've all been there. Your food is prepped and ready to go, and your stomach is rumbling, but the pile of discarded matches and firelighters seems to only get bigger.
You can save yourself the trouble of lighting your barbecue by opting for a gas or electric grill - but then you risk compromising on the smoky chargrilled flavour you get with charcoal.
A few ways to make lighting your charcoal barbecue easier include:
Once your barbecue is burning hot, it can be tempting to pile on as much food as will fit - but there are a couple of ways you can organise your grill area to keep your cooking orderly and avoid burning or undercooking:
Nothing puts you off having a barbecue like the stuck-on grease and charred remains of your last one. Cleaning your barbecue is essential for both hygiene and the longevity of your grill.
Handy cleaning tips include:
Although the sunshine can make having a barbecue very tempting, it's important to be responsible. Some councils are advising against lighting barbecues, bonfires and wood-burning stoves during the coronavirus pandemic.