Rib of Beef

Rib of Beef

The Next Cook

Budget Q is back again, and this time we are cooking a Rib of Beef.

Modifying the BBQ

After using the BBQ last time I found that the air intake blocked very quickly with ash, so I’ve modified it with a cut down sieve to try and improve matters,

We will be cooking the beef using a two zone system and finishing the beef off on the direct side (called reverse sear).

Cooking the Rib of Beef

Fill the chimney starter with charcoal and light a eco fire underneath and in 15 -20 minutes we will be ready to go.

Meanwhile I am going to setup the BUDGET thermometers. These were purchased from Aldi they retail at £12.99, but I got these on sale for £5.00, YES a fiver each ………. Bargain!

They are a single probe and they can be changed from centigrade to fahrenheit and are wireless. The base unit stays near the BBQ and the readout unit goes anywhere convenient.

I ran one thermometer for the pit temp and the other was monitoring the beef temp. I tested them together because I didn’t think they would side by side but worked very well.

I also prepared a few potatoes and popped in a tray with a bit of olive oil and salt to sit under the Rib of Beef.

When the charcoal is up to temperature carefully pour the coals onto the fire grate. Pop in small piece of your wood of choice – I went cherry.

Don’t get carried away with smoking wood. It’s easy to oversmoke. Less is more guys!

Pop on the cooking grate, insert the pit temperature probe through a screwed up piece of kitchen foil to keep it were it needs to be.

Next put the lid on and watch the pit tempature rise up to 225 / 250 f (107 / 121c).

Control the temp by opening or closing the air dampers on the bottom , leave the exhaust damper on the lid wide open.

When up to temperature open the lid and quickly pop on the meat. Push in the meat probe and quick as you can pop the lid back on making sure the exhaust damper is over the meat (so the smoke flows over the meat).

Now just relax………keep an eye on the temperatures and adjust damper accordingly. If you’re anything like me you can now tidy up the trail of destruction left behind in the kitchen.

Note on temperatures, don’t get stressed or hung up. If it goes up to 275f (135c) even 300f (149c) don’t panic and close the intake damper all the way. It’s just like steering a boat, steer and minutes later it turns ,just make slight adjustments and wait. If it goes down and the vents are wide open pop some more charcoal into your chimney and light, then pop in the BBQ.

When the meat temp reaches 120f (49c) lift off the lid and move the meat over to the hot direct side and brown on all sides until the internal temp is 135f (medium rare) 57c.

Take off the beef, lift the cooking grate and remove the potatoes and serve.

Rest the beef for 10 minutes, which allows the meat to reabsorb the juices.  As the chef you need to ensure you get the first slice – just for testing purposes of course.

Enjoy…….

 

Curry Weekend! An Amazing Weekend of Cooks

Curry Weekend Montage

UK BBQ Week kicked off on last Saturday, with a focus on BBQ curry, and the response has been unbelievable. We have seen a tremendous response from around the UK, with hundreds of posts across  the various social media platforms, both promoting the week and also many photos to enter the various competitions. The food has looked amazing across the board and shows how strong the BBQ scene is within the UK.

The main prize theme for the weekend was to cook a curry on your BBQ. We received some fantastic competition entries and the whole UK BBQ team has a really hard time picking the winner.

It really was a fantastic way to start the UK BBQ week.

After much debate, Ray Barber was our winner with his cook of Tandoori Chicken and Aloo Sag.

We have created a montage of some our favourite curry cooks from the weekend.

Thank you to everyone that entered and keep those submissions coming in through the week as there are still some great prizes to be won.

Afterburner Lamb Tikka

Afterburner Lamb Tikka

Afterburner Lamb Tikka

  • Prep Time2 hr
  • Cook Time15 min
  • Total Time2 hr 15 min
  • Yield4 Servings

Ingredients

For the Lamb Tikka

  • 500g thinly cut lamb leg steaks
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp crushed chilli (adjust to suit)
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 inch ginger, peeled
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 4 Tbs plain yogurt

Method

Preparing the Lamb Tikka

1

Grind the marinade ingredients in a pestle and mortar to make a paste then mix with the plain yogurt.

2

Completely coat the lamb and leave in the fridge to marinade for two to four hours.

3

Set up a charcoal chimney starter 3/4 full with lumpwood charcoal, and start it going with a sheet of lit crumpled newspaper underneath (or use parrafin-free fire lighters). Wait 10-15 minutes until it’s screaming hot and place a BBQ grill grate over it.

4

Place the marinated lamb on the searing hot grill grate for a couple of minutes each side, until you develop a lovely char on the outside.

5

Serve with basmati rice, yoghurt, and a naan bread cooked over the coals. The meat stays pink, tender and juicy inside, but has the smoky charred sear of a tandoor.

Recipe kindly supplied by Marcus Bawdon from countrywoodsmoke.com. Find Marcus on Twitter @devonwoodsmoke and Instagram @countrywoodsmoke, and Facebook @mbawdon or in the Countrywoodsmoke Facebook group, he is also the editor of UK BBQ Magazine

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BBQ Tandoori Chicken

BBQ Chicken Tandoori

BBQ Tandoori Chicken

  • Prep Time30 min
  • Cook Time30 min
  • Total Time1 hr
  • Yield4 Servings

Ingredients

For the BBQ Tandoori Chicken

  • 8-10 free range chicken thighs, skinned and boned

For the Marinade

  • Juice of two lemons
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 3 Tbs vegetable oil
  • 6 cloves garlic – smashed into a paste
  • 1 two-inch piece of ginger – smashed
  • into a paste
  • 1 Tbs (or more) red hot chilli powder
  • 2 Tbs cumin seeds
  • 2 TBs coriander seeds

For the Sauce

  • 2 tins (800ml) chopped tomatoes
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 5 cloves garlic – smashed
  • 1 inch piece of ginger – finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon cardamom seeds
  • 4 cloves – crushed
  • 1 Tbs red chilli powder
  • 1 Tbs dried fenugreek leaves
  • 1 tsp garam masala

Method

Preparing the BBQ Tandoori Chicken

1

To prepare the chicken for the marinade, make shallow slits in each piece of chicken. This will help the chicken to marinate and cook more evenly. Pour the lemon juice over the chicken pieces along with the salt and rub deep into the flesh.

2

Place the rest of the marinade ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Pour the marinade over the chicken pieces and rub it in well. Cover and allow to marinade in the fridge as long as possible up to 48 hours.

3

To cook the sauce, put the chopped tomatoes, bay leaves, garlic, ginger, cardamom seeds and cloves into a large pot and bring to a boil. Simmer for about ten minutes and then remove from the heat to cool a little.

4

Place the tomato combination in a blender and blend for about two minutes until the sauce is very smooth then pour back into the saucepan and bring to a brisk simmer.

5

Add the chilli powder, garam masala, double cream and sugar and then add the butter one tablespoon at a time while stirring continuously (if you are preparing the sauce ahead of time, heat the sauce just before serving and then add the butter).

6

Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste and top with chopped coriander.

7

Rub the marinade off the chicken pieces and skewer them on thick flat skewers with slices of red onion and peppers, place on the red hot BBQ, for about ten minutes until cooked through, with a little charring. Turn each piece several times so that they cook evenly. Be sure to cook through so that the meat reaches an internal temperature of at least 75°C.

8

Place a couple of pieces of chicken each plate and top with the sauce, serve with fresh naan heated on the BBQ or rice.

Recipe kindly supplied by Marcus Bawdon from countrywoodsmoke.com based on an original recipe from Dan Toombs on www.greatcurryrecipes.net. Find Marcus on Twitter @devonwoodsmoke and Instagram @countrywoodsmoke, and Facebook @mbawdon or in the Countrywoodsmoke Facebook group, he is also the editor of UK BBQ Magazine

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BBQ Goat Sharwarma

Goat Sharwarma

BBQ Goat Sharwarma

  • Prep Time25 min
  • Cook Time2 hr
  • Total Time2 hr 25 min
  • Yield4 Servings

Ingredients

For the Goat

  • 1 x each kid shoulder, kid leg, kid saddle
  • (including breast) – boned and sliced into
  • 1cm thick pieces roughly 10-15cm

For the Spice Mixture

  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp ground cardamom
  • ½ tsp ground fennel
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground allspice
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp sweet paprika
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp Turkish chilli flakes
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 150ml olive oil

For the Wet Marinade

  • 8 cloves garlic, peeled & crushed
  • 3 lemons, zest & juice
  • 250g Yoghurt
  • 3 tsp maldon sea salt

For the Baste

  • Suet fat from 1 kid
  • Juice 1 lemon
  • Sea Salt
  • 4 cloves garlic, whole
  • 1 tbsp Turkish chilli flakes

Method

Preparing the BBQ Goat Sharwarma

1

Up to 48 hours before cooking shawarma mix all spice ingredients and rub into kid meat slices.

2

Mix all wet marinade ingredients and rub into kid meat slices.

3

Thread the meat onto a rotisserie skewer and cook the shawarma over indirect heat for 2 hours.

4

To baste: melt the fat and add rest of ingredients. Use a basting mop to baste while shawarma is cooking.

5

Serve with: Flatbread, Sweet cabbage, Onion, Parsley, Seasoning, Cooking juice/lemon dressing, Pickled chilli (optional)

Recipe from James Whetlor at Cabrito Find out more on Cabrito.co.uk, Twitter: @CabritoGoatMeat, Facebook: @cabritogoatmeat and Instagram: @cabritogoatmeatnk

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Chargrilled Duck Breast

Chargrilled Duck Breast

Chargrilled Duck Breast

  • Prep Time1 hr
  • Cook Time20 min
  • Total Time1 hr 20 min
  • Yield2 Servings
  • Cooking Method
    • Indirect/Direct

Ingredients

For the Chargrilled Duck Breast

  • 2 x 200g gressingham or barbary duck
  • breasts
  • 70g fresh or thawed frozen peas
  • 70g fresh or thawed frozen broad beans,
  • outer skins removed
  • Sea salt
  • Black pepper

For the Hot Mint Sauce

  • 75ml extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large garlic clove, thinly sliced
  • 1 bunch mint, stalks and leaves separated
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds, lightly crushed
  • 50ml cabernet sauvignon vinegar or other
  • red wine vinegar

Method

Preparing the Chargrilled Duck Breast

1

Trim the duck breasts of any excess fat and sinew, then use a very sharp knife to lightly score the skin in a criss-cross pattern, without cutting into the flesh. Put in a nonreactive bowl, pour over the brine and refrigerate to cure for 1 hour.

2

For the hot mint sauce, place the extra virgin olive oil, garlic, mint stalks and the cumin and coriander seeds in a small, non-reactive saucepan and place over medium heat on the stovetop. When the garlic starts to turn golden, remove the pan from the heat and carefully pour in the vinegar. Season well, then set aside for an hour or so to infuse.

3

If you are using fresh peas and beans, cook them in boiling salted water for 2 minutes. Refresh in iced water, then drain.

4

Light the barbecue and set for direct/indirect cooking.

5

Remove the duck breasts from the brine and pat dry with a paper towel. Place the duck, skin-side down, on the grill in the indirect heat zone and throw a small handful of cherry wood chips onto the charcoal. Close the lid of the barbecue and cook the duck for 4 minutes to render some of the fat and lightly caramelize the skin. Open the lid, transfer the duck to the direct cooking zone, throw another small handful of wood chips onto the charcoal and close the lid. Cook for 5–6 minutes, still skin-side down, then turn the duck breasts onto the flesh side and cook for 2 minutes or until cooked to medium (if you press your finger into the meat, it should bounce back); give it another 3–4 minutes if you want it well done. Move the duck to a warm spot to rest for 5 minutes.

6

Strain the infused mint sauce into a clean saucepan, then add the peas and broad beans and bring to the boil in the direct heat zone. Season the sauce well, throw in the mint leaves and remove from the heat as soon as the mint has wilted.

7

Spoon some of the peas and beans onto the plate, then thickly slice the duck breasts and place on top. Spoon over the rest of the peas and beans, drizzle over the hot mint sauce and serve.

Recipe kindly supplied by Ben Tish from Grill Smoke BBQ. Photographer Kris Kirkham Purchase the book from Amazon: http://amzn.eu/2Wv0RAn

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BBQ Tandoori Whole Fish

Tandoori Whole Fish

BBQ Tandoori Whole Fish

  • Prep Time45 min
  • Cook Time15 min
  • Total Time1 hr
  • Yield4 Servings

Ingredients

For the BBQ Tandoori Whole Fish

  • 2 whole bream or sea bass, cleaned
  • 1 tbsp garlic and ginger paste
  • 4 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp rapeseed oil
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 2 tbsp tandoori masala (see separate
  • recipe sheet)
  • 1 tsp garam masala (see separate
  • recipe sheet)
  • 1½ tbsp plain yoghurt
  • 1 lemon, quartered
  • Salt

Method

Preparing the BBQ Tandoori Whole Fish

1

Make shallow slits on each side of the fish.

2

Put the garlic and ginger paste, vinegar, oil, chilli powder, tandoori masala, garam masala and yoghurt in a bowl and whisk into a marinade. Season with salt to taste then rub the marinade all over the fish, inside and out, and leave to marinate for about 30 minutes.

3

Meanwhile, prepare your barbecue for direct grilling.

4

Remove the fish from the marinade and place in a metal grill fish basket, or thread a couple of skewers through to hold it in place. Cook, turning regularly, until the skin is nicely charred and the fish is cooked through.

5

Serve with a squeeze of lemon.

Recipe kindly supplied from The Curry Guy by Dan Toombs, published by Quadrille Publishing. Photography © Kris Kirkham Purchase the book from Amazon: http://amzn.eu/dWSu1Oc

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Basic BBQ Tips: The Chimney Starter

Chimney Starter
Strangely in life the harder the things you learn to do the easier it to forget how you did it, remember riding a bike?

BBQ is just the same!

The hardest thing I found was lighting the BBQ. Open the bag of charcoal put directly into the BBQ then squirt with lighting fluid, BOOM big ball of flames and two minutes later it goes out, add more fluid and fan the flames, moving charcoal about and burning your fingers whilst having helpful comments like “people are arriving in 15 minutes”.

If this sounds familiar read on …..

Enter the game changer, the humble chimney starter. My preferred method is fill the chimney starter with charcoal (lump or briquettes) but never instant light charcoal.

Light two eco firelighters and pop the chimney starter on top. Twenty minutes later you have perfect lit charcoal ready for instant use….that easy

Wow they must be pricey? Cant be that easy? Well most cost between £8 – £20 and last for ages, and it really is that simple, like riding a bike….

BBQ Green Chicken Kebabs

Green Chicken Kebabs

BBQ Green Chicken Kebabs

  • Prep Time4 hr
  • Cook Time1 min
  • Total Time4 hr 1 min
  • Yield4 Servings

Ingredients

For the Green Chicken Kebabs

  • Finely grated zest of 2 unwaxed lemons and juice of 1
  • 75ml olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 50g bunch of basil
  • 50g bunch of flat-leaf parsley
  • 25g bunch of coriander
  • 1/2 tsp fine sea salt
  • 4 free-range skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into 3cm cubes

Method

Preparing the Green Chicken Kebabs

1

Combine all the ingredients, except the chicken, in a liquidizer and blend until smooth.

2

Put the chicken into a large bowl, pour the marinade over and toss to coat. Don’t season at this stage; the salt will draw the moisture from the chicken and make it tough. Cover with clingfilm and chill for 4 hours or overnight if possible.

3

Remove the chicken from the fridge an hour before cooking and preheat the barbecue for direct grilling.

4

Thread the chicken onto skewers and grill the kebabs for 10 minutes until cooked through, turning occasionally.

5

Transfer to a warm plate to rest for 5 minutes before serving.

You will need metal or wooden skewers; if you’re using wooden skewers, soak them in warm water for at least an hour.

Recipe kindly supplied from Fire & Smoke by Rich Harris, published by Kyle Books. Photography by Martin Poole. Purchase the book from Amazon: http://amzn.eu/iOzoCjD

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