Closy Market share their guide to hosting the ultimate BBQ. From expert barbecuing tips to the best food for the grill; here’s how to master al fresco dining…
There’s nothing quite as wonderful as heading into your garden, and firing up the barbecue the moment the sun begins to shine. As we embrace a summer at home, gardens across the nation are filled with the glorious charcoal smell of flame-grilled burgers and families gathered together enjoying each others company.
Closy Market, an online grocery delivery service providing customers with the finest produce from the best food markets, butchers, bakeries, fishmongers and artisan makers, share their must try in-season food and top tips to host the ultimate BBQ this summer. Read on for free delivery and £7.50 off your first order with www.closymarket.com.
Set Up The BBQ Like A Pro
Clean your BBQ and grill and gather all the tools you will need to stoke the coals and turn the meat. A table beside the BBQ is always helpful. Make sure the BBQ is the right temperature before cooking. If it’s too hot, everything will burn on the outside and be raw on the inside. You want half of the grill to be in direct high heat, and the other half with no heat. With our Weber BBQ, we wait for the coals to be mostly covered with grey ash, in a tight pile, over half the grill, two to three coals deep. Place the grill on top of the coals and heat.
Prepare Your Food
Removing meat from the fridge 20-30minutes before grilling helps it to cook more evenly. Our 1.1kg Tomahawk Steak (£24, shop here >), from grass-fed Somerset cattle, is excellent value and will feed two to three hungry adults. It is extremely rich in flavour and our customers love the caveman style of this juicy piece of beef! For best results, sprinkle the meat evenly with salt and pepper an hour or so before cooking.
Make It Easy With A BBQ Meat Box
Once you’ve got your BBQ fired up, tools at the ready and apron tied, it’s time to get cooking. Closy Market’s BBQ Box (£35, shop here >) has everything you need to create a delicious menu of dishes. Quick and easy, the selection of meat is great for families. Either cook as it comes, or spice up the chicken pieces with a marinade. It contains four chicken kofta, four lamb kofta, eight burgers, four chicken breasts, six boneless skinless chicken thighs, twelve sausages and for a limited time ten FREE chicken wings (we add a drizzle of honey and a squeeze of lemon to get a sweet, crispy skin). The meat box is of excellent quality and is sourced from one of London’s most prestigious butchers.
Everyone Loves A Burger! Use The Best Meat & Bun
No barbecue is complete without a tasty burger! Create big, tasty burgers with our juicy Beef Burgers (£5.50 for 4, shop here >) from grass-fed Somerset cattle. Our Brioche Burger Buns (£1.70 for 2, shop here >) are super light and fluffy. They’re slightly sweet, covered in glossy egg glaze, and compliment our burgers perfectly.
Use The Tastiest Seasonal Vegetables
If you’re cooking without meat, and don’t want to compromise on the fun, try grilling Mediterranean vegetables such as peppers, aubergines and courgettes, layered up with lots of spices, herbs, dressings. They look impressive and are bursting with flavour. Our Red Pointed Peppers (£1 for 3, shop here >) are a must on the BBQ for a chargrilled sweet taste. Corn on the Cob (£1.50 for 2, shop here >) is always a favourite, too. Our amazing Vine Tomatoes (£2.50 per kg, shop here >) are perfect in a salad or sliced up for your burger. Explore our selection of fresh fruit and vegetables here >.
Transport Yourself To The Ocean With Fish
Seafood is spectacular on the BBQ, and is often a healthy choice. Our Scottish Salmon Fillets (£6.60 for 2, shop here >) are divine, plump and fleshy. Or try the Garlic Marinated Prawns (£10.88 for 500g, shop here >). They come frozen, we defrost ours and literally whack them on the BBQ for 2 minutes on each side. Quick and easy, the flavour makes you feel like you are sitting across from the ocean. We serve them up with a lemon butter sauce. Check out our selection of the finest seafood here >.
For those of you who wish to indulge, why not try our Rock Lobster Tails (£17.73 for 225g, shop here >) or Jumbo Tiger Prawns (£20.45 for 1kg, shop here >) – they are full of flavour and very quick to cook. For example, place the lobster tails on the grill, meat-side up. Grill tails with grill lid closed, until the meat is opaque, about 6-8 minutes, turning once. Be careful not to overcook! Squeeze fresh lemon over the lobster and serve with melted unsalted butter. Why not try some Rock Oysters (£25 for 25, shop here >) while you wait for the main dish.
How To Cook The Perfect Steak (Tomahawk)
Put the steaks on the grill over indirect heat, away from the lit coals, with the bone side of the steaks facing the heat. Close the lid, and position the air holes directly over the steaks. Cook the steaks with the lid closed; after ten minutes, flip the steaks and swap them so the steak that was farther away from the heat is now closer. The steaks are ready for searing after about 20 minutes (you will need to adjust based on the size of the steak – this is based off 1.1kg) of indirect cooking (if you like your meat less rare, add a few more minutes to the indirect cooking time). Quickly sear the steaks over direct heat then move the meaty part of the steaks directly over the coals, with the bones hanging over the indirect heat part of the grill. Sear the steaks; flipping every minute or two, until they are browned and crusty, this takes about 6 minutes. Take off the heat and rest the steaks for about 10 minutes before serving. See our full selection of excellent meat here >.
Carve With Care
After lovingly grilling your steak on the BBQ, serving the meat deserves just as much care. We like to place our steaks on a cutting board and run a sharp knife along the curve of the bone to carve the meat from the bone. Slice and serve the steaks on a large board so everyone can pick and choose the meat cooked to their liking; from the flavoursome well done slices at the outside to the tender, more rare pieces in the middle.
Closy Market is an online delivery service providing the very best of fresh produce which is locally sourced in conjunction with some of London’s best known markets including Borough Market, Smithfield’s Market as well as providers who have previously been providing top quality food to many of the capital’s best restaurants.
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