Sunday, 20 December 2009

BBQ Pit Boys

This bloke on YouTube scares the hell out of me.  The mean, southern drawl and the fact that you can never properly see his face.  The large, rusty bullnose butchers knife. Their theme tune "I'm going down to the house of sausage" does little to reassure.  However I am definitely drawn to their food.
Here he is slow smoking 4 packs of streaky bacon on a weber platinum;

I notice they're not afraid to grill in the snow though...

The Sausage Sauce

BBQ Date: Just before xmas
BBQ Weather Suitability: Violent snow

Cuan might, but I will not BBQ in December in the snow.  Actually I have BBQed in March in the snow and  I've BBQed cal├žots  in February which was cold but not snowing - but 14 hours in front of a smoker in the snow isn't going to happen.
So yesterday I knocked up a batch of "the" sausage sauce, from the river cafe cookbook.  My mate Matt introduced me to this and I've been cooking it ever since.  The only thing you need are the correct sausages, which must be the Italian type.  If you look in your local Italian deli they should have them.  There's usually a choice of chilli, fennel or plain, and all are good for this but the chilli ones are the best.  Yesterday they only had the plain ones;

Sunday, 13 December 2009

Mike Scrutchfield's ribs

I've no idea who Mike Scrutchfield is but I was recently sent this by virtue of being on David Klose's mailing list (who makes the kind of pits I dream about, and will one day possess).  My in-laws recently cut down a cherry tree and have been feeding me logs so I will give this a whirl come summer.  Looks great.

Monday, 30 November 2009

Franks Hot Sauce: Sweet Heat For Wings

BBQ Date: Late November 2009
BBQ Weather Suitability: Torrential rain & low temperatures

Cuan got one of his relatives to smuggle this new sauce from Franks through customs and gave me the recipe for the wings sans Weber. Its not BBQ but it tastes like BBQ, all good given the torrential rain and early nights.

I've never oven baked wings like this before. Usually I would marinate them in lemon juice, salt, pepper, garlic, olive oil and then roast them.

Instead, they were dry coated in a mixture of flour, salt, pepper, garlic granules and lightly floured in that lot, and left all afternoon. Then baked and then placed under a hot grill. Then sauced.

Sunday, 29 November 2009

Lemon Chicken & Garlicy Rosemary Roast Potatoes

BBQ Date: Late November 2009
BBQ Weather Suitability: Rain & low temperatures

Lemon chicken is an easy recipe for the oven as well as the BBQ. But there is something that really makes it sing when you get that smoky bbq flavour cutting through the sweet zestiness of the lemon.

Preparation is quite easy, 2 lemons cut finely and the lemon slices then placed carefully under the skin. As you can see, I managed to split the skin in my eagerness... try and avoid this.

I then pre-roasted potatoes under the grill for 10 mins to give them some colour and to make sure they didnt turn into sludge whilst in the Weber. They were then tossed in garlic, rosemary, sea salt and olive oil.

Right... ready to rumble... This then went into the weber BBQ Grill using indirect heat. (about 20 coals on each side). The potatoes were dropped in the under the chicken, between the coals in the classic Weber fashion. The chicken fat drips down into the potatoes and they fry up beautifully. However, word of warning, cheap chickens tend to be injected with water to beef up the weight. As a result, it drips down into the potatoes and you end up with boiled tatties... not really pleasant... you have been warned! So, bung it in the weber, after about 60 mins you should have a beautiful crispy chicken. For an extra treat, throw some hickory chips onto the coals for that bbq/smoky flavour.

And the result, well speak for itself. I consider this a dead easy recipe, minimum preparation time and even the novice bbq'er can pull this off looking like a BBQ hero.

Our Bird Resting after a 60 minute sprint

A face that any mother could love

Supposedly carved, but it looks like someone let a bomb off inside my bird

Verdict: The potatoes were crispy and brimming with flavour. The chicken was delightfully crispy on the outside and the lemon flavour was subtle but pleasant. There were no leftovers... so yes.... MORE