14 January 2016
The BBQ Challenge - Get the most out of your BBQ - breakfast, lunch and dinner.
by Default Admin
January 26th may be the date that Australians celebrate their great country, but it is also a day that pays great homage to the importance of other significant Australians - Our BBQ's!
Australia Day and Australian BBQ's represent everything true and right about Australia, Australians and its underlying psyche - sun, surf, socializing, sausages, sangas, saltwater, sunscreen, steak, sauce and so much more.
It is time to embrace our BBQ's and honor them on a more regular basis- they deserve it and so do you. Invite over your friends, family, neighbours and strangers and take the BBQ challenge, which is go forth and BBQ like you have never BBQ’d before. BBQ's are designed to be used so use them for every meal of the day from breakfast to dessert for a period of 24 hours. See how you go. Let those BBQ's truly impress you once more with their talent, endurance, performance under pressure and expert ability to heat.
Scratching your head in wonder over the BBQ Challenge? Well don't despair because yes BBQ's can be used to produce quality tasty dishes for every meal of the day- including morning and afternoon tea. Below is a sample menu to help you and your BBQ's get started on this great challenge:
The first and most important meal of the day should be confronted with the simple is best philosophy. BBQ's are perfect for breakfast and seem to be specifically designed for a simple hot breakfast of bacon, eggs, chipolatas, tomato and toast. BBQ's and Breakfast is a match made in heaven. An easy start to your BBQ challenge!
You cannot get any more Aussie than scones cooked on BBQ's. Can it be done you say? Absolutely! BBQ's are hot, very hot and are the perfect environment for the cooking of scones. Simply create your favourite scone mixture, shape and then place on your BBQ hotplate. Ensure you turn them so that heat is distributed evenly and your scones can develop a beautiful golden colour. Have the jam and cream ready as these morsels of Aussie-ness are best eaten hot off the BBQ hotplate.
You can't go past a traditional burger when it's been cooked to perfection of a BBQ. BBQ's are great for cooking burger fillings- chicken, beef, bacon, eggs- and for heating your burger buns and colouring them with those beautiful charred lines. Burgers cooked on BBQ's will ensure your guests are satisfied.
As with morning tea you might think that creating an afternoon tea on your BBQ is tricky, but its not. BBQ's are perfect for creating perfectly round, perfectly cooked pikelets or pancakes. Large hotplates not only disperse heat evenly but also have enough space to cook many pikelets or pancakes at once. Create your favourite batter then let your BBQ's show you all how simple and easy creating a yummy afternoon tea is. Serve with fresh fruit, icing sugar and lemon, or a scoop of ice cream. Perfection!
BBQ's are perfect for cooking meat, but instead of the traditional steak and sausages why not take advantage of your hooded BBQ and do a roast. A slow cooked piece of lamb, pork or beef along with roast vegetables and gravy will make you many new friends. The beauty of this meal is that it utilises all of your BBQ's capabilities- roasting, boiling, searing, slow cooking and enticing.
Struggling to think of a unique Aussie dessert that you can cook on your BBQ's? Well struggle no more. The answer is simple- a BBQ Pavlova! Yes it can be done, but you do need to use a BBQ that has a hood. Heat your BBQ to 150°C. Create your Pavlova mixture. Soak a terracotta tile in water for around 20-30 minutes then remove any excess water. Place this tile in the heated BBQ and then cover with baking paper. Place your Pavlova mixture on top of the baking paper. Close the hood and let cook for about 45-90 minutes- don't check it too often as the BBQ's heat will escape. The Pavlova is cooked when the outside is hard and meringue-like. Once it is cooked turn your BBQ off and let it cool inside. Serve your BBQ's Pavlova with cream and fresh fruit.
No dessert is complete without a nice cup of coffee. Truly impress your guests in the BBQ challenge and pull out your stove top espresso maker. The BBQ's hot plate is the perfect place to heat your stove top espresso maker and entice your guests once more to the BBQ. Have a couple of espresso makers going at once to ensure there is enough BBQ coffee for everyone.
BBQ's are wonderful additions to any Australian lifestyle and home.
By Vickey Parchani