Calnan Brothers

Six Step BBQ Plan

Barbecuing is a national favourite and is method for cooking beef, lamb, pork, poultry and fish with the heat of a fire or charcoal. Follow our 6 step plan to ensure you have the perfect barbecue with your friends and family.

Step One

Make sure your barbecue is clean and preheated

Your barbecue will always pick up grease when you use it so run your wire rack under hot water to make sure it is clean before cooking again. Once you have cleaned your wire rack, preheat the barbecue for 10 – 20 minutes if you are using a gas barbecue, or 40 minutes if you are using a charcoal barbecue. Never start cooking on a charcoal barbecue until the coals are white and have a layer of ash on them.

Step Two

Prepare the meat

It is extremely important that you have prepared the meat you are going to barbecue for the best results. By bringing the meat to room temperature and brushing the meat with oil it will help the searing process and prevent the meat from sticking to the wire rack.

Step Three

Slow cook the meat

When barbecuing it is easy to cook your meat on a high temperature which will result in valuable juices escaping from the meat. By barbecuing at a lower temperature you will make sure the meat will be browned all the way round and the valuable juices that give the meat its flavour do not escape. Using a long set of tongs instead of a folk is also a great way to keep the juices in.

Step Four

How to prevent overcooking the meat

It is extremely important that you have prepared the meat you are going to barbecue for the best results. By bringing the meat to room temperature and brushing the meat with oil it will help the searing process and prevent the meat from sticking to the wire rack.

Step Five

Knowing when the meat is ready

Before serving meat to your friends and family it is vital you make sure the meat has been cooked. When the meat is getting close to being cooked always press the meat with your index finger or the flat side of a fork to find out if the meat is ready to serve. If the meat is still soft it is rarely cooked. If the meat is firm but yielding it is medium cooked. If the meat is firm the meat has been cooked well done. Once you get used to using this method you will become an expert on knowing when to remove the meat from the barbecue.

Step Six

Rest the meat and then enjoy

Like when cooking in the kitchen it is extremely important that the meat has had time to rest. By doing this it will allow the juices from the centre of the meat to flow out and the meat to fuse. This will make the meat extremely tender and juicy. The only step left is to enjoy the fantastic meat you have cooked and have fun with your family and friends.