BBQ Pit Beans

Who doesn't loved a good baked bean? And whilst here in the UK we might have a soft spot for a certain tinned variety, there's nothing so wonderful as a BBQ side than a good dish of homemade pit beans. Full of smokey spices and seasonings, whilst this is at it's sublime best cooked low and slow in a smoker BBQ, it's well worth making even if you cook it in the oven. And other than the long cook time, it's simplicity itself. A quick sweat of the onions, then throw everything in the pan and let it cook (albeit with the occasionally stir). If you're smoking large joints at the same time, then don't forget that pit beans make a great…

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Italian Dressing Chicken

This is such a simple dish, that I'm not sure it even counts as a recipe as such. However, it really packs a punch of flavour, so it's a must have BBQ or outdoor grill dish this summer. The vinegar and lemon in the dressing give a subtle sharpness, with the sweetness from the honey and sugar helping to balance it all whilst giving the skin a beautiful colour. We've suggested serving with a nice salad and campfire potatoes, but you could pretty much serve this with anything and still have a winner. Fried or chipped potatoes, or even a good potato salad, with plenty of fresh summer veg. It's entirely up to you. Italian Dressing Chicken Super simple, this is one…

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Low ‘n’ Slow BBQ Brisket

Ladies and gentleman, we give you the pinnacle of Texas BBQ... Low 'n' Slow BBQ Brisket. There's no way to get around it, this is a fiddly dish, that's time consuming and requires you to look after it for a staggering amount of time. Is it worth it? Hell yes it is! If your BBQ is too small, you can always chop the brisket in half, or work with a smaller piece if you prefer, but then you will need to adjust the cooking times accordingly. You're likely looking at around 2-3 hours per kg of meat. You can also cook it in the oven as smaller pieces. You’d need to use an oven thermometer to get the temperature right, but gas…

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BBQ Pork Belly

This is one of our go to BBQ recipes when we have a good group to cater for. The recipe is for a full low 'n' slow BBQ, but of course you could do the main cook in the oven. You'd need to use an oven thermometer to get the temperature right, but gas mark 1/2 should be about right. You could then finish off on the grill, basting with BBQ sauce until it's thick and sticky! BBQ Pork Belly This is simply one of the best BBQ dishes ever. Pork belly stays beautifully moist, and takes on all the wonderful flavours of the rub and smoke. BBQ with lid 1 whole Pork Belly (approx 2kg, bones in, skin removed and fat…

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Carolina Style Mustard Sauce

Carolina Mustard sauce is another popular condiment, easy to make, tangy and sweet. Traditionally served with BBQ pork, we think it's just as good with chicken, burgers, ribs... anything really! Carolina Style Mustard Sauce Another classic BBQ sauce, this is great with all things pork, as well as smoked salmon with scrambled eggs. Large saucepan 250 g American Mustard150 g Golden Castor Sugar2 tbsp Tomato Puree200 ml Cider Vinegar1 tbsp Chili Powder1 tsp Cracked Black Pepper1 tsp Dried Rosemary (or try dill)50 g Unsalted Butter1 tsp Soy Sauce1 tsp Hot SauceSeasoning to taste Except for the butter, soy and hot sauce, put everything into the pan and bring to a low boil over a low heat. Simmer for 15 minutes.Add in the…

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Classic BBQ Sauce

This take on a southern BBQ sauce is a great all rounder. Use it slathered over ribs and chicken fresh off the grill, or as a condiment with meats or, our favourite, fresh french fries! Classic BBQ Sauce Inspired by the classic deep south style sauces, with a warming chipotle kick Large saucepanfood processor 2 tbsp olive oil1 small onion (peeled and finely chopped)3 cloves garlic (peeled and crushed)200 g tomato ketchup60 ml pineapple juice100 g honey50 g dark brown sugar2 tbsp pomegranate molasses2 tbsp Chipotle Powder2 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce1 tsp Sweet Smoked Paprika1 tsp English Mustard Powder50 ml BourbonSeasoning to taste Heat the oil in the pan over a medium heat, then add the onions with a pinch of salt, and…

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Classic Burger Relish

We've been making this classic for the last thirty years, after a chef shared it with us and blew our minds with its secret ingredient. We're pretty sure you'll love it too. Obviously great with burgers, you'll find yourself reaching for it with any BBQ meats, as well as cold meat platters and salads. Classic Burger Relish A classic burger relish, with a secret twist, that really complements any grilled meats Large saucepan 2 tbsp olive oil2 medium red onions (peeled and finely sliced)1 clove garlic (peeled and crushed)1 tsp red chili (seeded and pith removed, chopped)800 g tomatoes (chopped, fresh or tinned)150 ml red wine vinegar200 g soft brown sugar2 tsp instant coffee (mixed with 100ml hot water)50 g gherkins (drained…

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Ultimate Guide to BBQ – Menu Planning

It's nearly the weekend, the forecast is great, so it's definitely time to get the BBQ out and gather with friends and family in the garden. But what are you going to cook? A successful BBQ requires a little planning and preparation. Taking a moment to consider who you’re cooking for, how many, what the conditions might be, and what equipment you’ve got. It's important to think not just about what you're going to cook, but also how you’re going to cook it. Do you need to marinate anything ahead of time? How long will it take to cook? Is it worth considering reverse searing some items? Reverse searing is an ideal way to manage larger items on the BBQ, where you…

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Ultimate Guide to BBQ – Equipment

If you browse online BBQ articles you’ll be confronted with all manner of exotic equipment, but the truth is you really don’t need that much to get the most out of your outdoor cooking. It’s more than likely that you’ve already everything you need. We've already covered simple BBQs and grills in our basics guide, so we're going to focus here on the additional items that you'll need. We'll also look at planning and preparation, so that when you start to cook you can be sure that everything is in order. The Essentials Chimney Starter If you're using a solid fuel BBQ, a chimney starter is a great way to manage your fuel. It only requires a small amount of paper or…

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Ultimate Guide to BBQ – Fuels

One critical factor in the success of a BBQ is the fuel used, and the truth is it's often a neglected one. We're going to focus on solid fuels in this article as for gas grills there's really only one standard in the UK. When it comes to charcoal and wood, it really is worth making it a priority. Budget is of course a factor, but it makes little sense to spend good money on quality meat, only to ruin it with your choice of fuel. First of all, there's a big difference between lumpwood and briquettes. Lumpwood is the traditional product, produced by burning wood without oxygen present (retorting), to leave a product rich in carbon. Briquettes are made by processing…

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