It’s only May but we can all feel it - summer is around the corner. At our own home, the BBQ is getting a fair amount of use since we’re staying in more these days. For us, nothing beats a good grill on a Sunday evening.
Taking inspiration from our family traditions, we have created special BBQ Home Packs for customers who want to take the stress out of putting a fun evening together for the family. All the items come individually packed, the meat is marinated and ready, as are your sides. All you have to do is get the fire going.
Here are some tips for getting the most out of your BBQ Home Pack:
When your delivery comes in, transfer everything straight to the fridge. That much, most people know. However, it is also important to take the food out of the fridge about 15 minutes before you plan to cook it, so it loses its chill. If the meat, chicken, fish or vegetable is too cold in the centre, the outside can burn before the inside is cooked properly.
Before you start cooking, wipe everything down and get your BBQ essentials close at hand; tongs, knives, chopping board. It is important to always use separate utensils to handle raw meat and cooked meat. Remember to give your BBQ enough time to heat up (be it gas or charcoal). A properly heated grill sears foods on contact, keeps the insides moist and helps prevent sticking.
3. Cooking Instructions
Jacket potatoes will take the longest time to warm up, so they should be the first to go on the BBQ. Place it on low heat and leave the foil on so it doesn’t dry up.
Place the ciabatta on the BBQ. If you prefer crunchier bread, leave it on for longer. Enjoy the garlic bread with your dips, galletti and stuffed olives and have a drink!
Sausages should go on medium heat and give them enough time so they cook properly from the inside. Don't put them on high heat and burn them to a charred crisp like 75% of the population. The BBQ flavoured spareribs are already slow cooked in the oven, so these just need to be warmed up thoroughly. Should you wish, you can leave them in the foil container they come in, so they stay tender and don’t dry up.
Now it’s time to cook the satay chicken skewers and marinated fillet. Cook the skewers on medium heat, and as you know, make sure to not undercook them. When it comes to the meat on BBQ, people like to flip things a lot. Don’t. Let your meat develop a seared crust on the grill. If you try to lift the meat before, it will stick to the grates. Once the meat is cooked to your liking it’s also a good idea to rest it for a few minutes so it can reabsorb its own juices. Lastly place the seasoned corn on the cob for just a few minutes on the BBQ to get that tasty charred flavour.
And there you have it. A tasty, no stress summer(ish) evening with those nearest to you.
You can view our BBQ Home Packs from here: https://www.neriku.com/bbq-home
Author: Joseph Zammit, General Manager
Editor: Cassi Camilleri