All too often I hear the same comments about BBQ’s in Britain, “we just don’t have the weather”, or, “you can only use a BBQ a few weeks in the summer!” It’s absolutely not the case because it would be like saying you can only drive a convertible car when it’s a nice day.
The BBQ is a piece of cooking equipment, like an oven, hob, a pressure cooker or a slow cooker; it just happens to live outside. Similar to the convertible, it’s amazing to be outside on a nice summer’s day, to feel the sun on your face and the breeze in your hair. When the weather’s nice it’s an opportune time to fire up the grill and live the alfresco lifestyle, but on a cold gloomy day there’s still a sense of adventure lighting the BBQ and having a few moments of peace just outside the kitchen door.
I often say there’s a difference between having a BBQ and using your BBQ. You don’t “have an oven“, it’s a piece of equipment that is used to cook your food, and in the same way you can use your BBQ to do the same thing. By cooking with the lid on (and vents open) you have an outdoor oven right outside the kitchen door. The added beauty is that because it sits outside in the damp air, the BBQ cooks your food in a wonderfully damp environment that keeps food nice and juicy!
When the weather’s great there’s all the time in the world to be outside near the grill, cooking food at your leisure. When the weather isn’t so nice, switch up the food offering to something that is roasted instead of grilled, or something that is quicker and just as delicious like a mid-week pizza, steak or Moules.
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