We recently teamed up with the crew from Capi to prepare the ultimate Summer BBQ, and now we want to share the secrets of our Head Chef Hayden Vink with you.
Preparing the Grill
1. The key to a good summer grill is to make sure you use whole lump wood charcoal to elevate the flavour profile of your meat or vegetables. Lump wood charcoal is made from whole pieces of hardwood and is readily available in bags from your local supermarket.
2. Lump wood charcoal introduces a new flavour to the traditional barbecue experience. It burns cleaner, cleans up easily, and provides a better sear and even cooking of food, it also imparts subtle smoky notes to your dish.
3. Cooking with lump wood charcoal is a little different from other methods. When heating up the charcoal make sure you allow the charcoal to reach white hot before placing your meat and vegetable onto the grill.
4. Chimney starters offer a good way to light your charcoal. A metal cylinder, they offer a safe and efficient way to prepare the grill.
Preparing your meat for Grilling
1. Allow your meat to come to room temperature before grilling. By doing so, you will prevent the meat from tightening up when placed on the heat and it will give you a more even cook and tender result.
2. Oil and season meats and vegetables before grilling, not the grill, as this will create a better seal and crust on the meat and prevent it from sticking.
3. Always allow your meat to rest for half your cook time to retain all its juices for best results.
4. All these tips work in tandem to produce the best flavour and juiciest tender meat possible by sealing the meat fast and locking in the flavour of your protein.
Match it up with a Dune Distilling Gin Margarita
We had to create something refreshing to match a warm summer day BBQ. And how can we say no to a Dune Distilling Gin Margarita? Click here to discover the recipe!
And that's it! Time to enjoy an amazingly tasteful BBQ!