Not all barbecues are created equal: some feature an array of perfectly marinated meats and sides all cooked to perfection, and others offer dry burgers and a distinct lack of condiments.

Common BBQ mistakes and how to avoid them

As the weather continues to heat up, BBQ season is in full swing. If you don’t want your food to be deemed “rubbish”, it could be worth avoiding these common mistakes…

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Mistake 1: Bland food

Solution: Marinate everything

Fresh pork baby back ribs marinating in a plastic bag on a kitchen cutting board

If you want your food to be packed with flavour, it’s worth marinating your meat and veg the night before.

It doesn’t have to be overly elaborate – a mix of garlic, rosemary, olive oil, salt and pepper will go a long way – but it’s also the perfect opportunity for you to really push the boat out with mouth-watering flavour combinations.

Mistake 2: Food sticking to the barbecue

Solution: Make sure you oil the grill

We’ve all been there: desperately grabbing a spatula and trying to scrape off food that’s stuck to the grill. This panic can be easily averted by oiling your barbecue – but make sure you do it before lighting up, as you don’t want to get oil on an open flame.

Mistake 3: Burnt skewers

Solution: Soak them beforehand

Soak wooden skewers before using on the BBQ

Kebabs are a staple of any good barbecue, but nothing is worse than wooden skewers burning before the meat and veg has had time to cook. There’s an easy fix for this: soak your skewers in water for at least 30 minutes before sliding your veggies on, so they don’t catch on fire.

If you always forget to pre-soak your skewers, it could be worth investing in metal versions instead.

Mistake 4: Food that’s burnt on the outside, raw on the inside

Solution: Watch your flame

It’s easy to fall into the trap of nurturing as big a flame as possible, but this will likely result in overly charred food you can’t guarantee is properly cooked all the way through. Instead, slow and steady wins the race – you want white hot coals and to build up the heat gradually for better control. Pro tip: stop unnecessarily opening the lid of your barbecue – oxygen feeds the flames, giving you less control. Also, investigate bbq ‘zones’ – YouTube will sort you out on this front.

Mistake 5: Making it a meat fiesta

Solution: Really consider veggies and sides

When many people think of a barbecue, their mind immediately turns to meat. While you really can’t go wrong with a good grilled burger or steak, you’re missing a trick if you forget about vegetarian options and sides.

Even if you don’t have any veggie friends coming over, meat-free options will elevate any barbecue. Corn on the cob is always a great shout, and you can kick things up a notch with jerk marinated aubergine or barbecued feta and pesto.

 
 
 
 
 
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Mistake 6: Not resting your meat

Solution: You guessed it – rest it

This one’s a very easy fix. Instead of serving your meat fresh off the barbecue, let it sit off the heat for a few minutes so the juices can redistribute, the heat can level out and it’s as tender and juicy as possible.

Best-selling charcoal barbecues

Stuck for inspiration? Check out our list of best-selling Amazon products!

Bestseller No. 1
tepro Grillwagen Toronto Click Charcoal Barbecue, Anthracite/Stainless Steel
  • Innovative design allows easy and quick assembly in less than 30 minutes
  • Size of the grill surface is approx. 56 x 41.5 cm; warming surface is approx. 53.9 x 24.1 cm.
  • Enamelled cooking grate, warming rack and charcoal tray, which is easily height adjustable using the crank handle.
SaleBestseller No. 2
CosmoGrill New Outdoor XL Smoker Barbecue Charcoal Portable BBQ Grill Garden
  • The CosmoGrill XL Charcoal Smoker Barbecue is the perfect outdoor companion for those intimate long weekends or family filled summer parties. Featuring a generously sized grilling area, there’s...
  • TEMPERATURE CONTROL: The CosmoGrill temperature gauge enables you to cook to perfection. The chimney and adjustable air vents facilitate better flow of heat and smoke for that optimum flame grilled...
  • MORE GRILLING CONTROL: Variable heat distribution around the grill enabling you to cook different meats and vegetables with different requirements at the same time. A stainless steel warming rack...
SaleBestseller No. 3
bigzzia BBQ Grill Charcoal Barbecue Grill with Side Shelf and Hook For Outdoor Backyard Cooking
  • 🦞Safety design: hollow handle with anti-scalding protection, sturdy and durable.Open flame is strictly prohibited during BBQ!
  • 🍖Easy to use: integrated lid and easily readable thermometer, simply monitors the grill temperature. Four adjustable vents for precise temperature control.
  • 🍤Crank system: Height-adjustable charcoal tray for perfect heat control and flexibility when cooking.
Bestseller No. 4
CosmoGrill Outdoor XL Smoker Barbecue Charcoal Portable BBQ Grill Garden
  • The CosmoGrill XL Charcoal Smoker Barbecue is the perfect outdoor companion for those intimate long weekends or family filled summer parties. Featuring a generously sized grilling area, there’s...
  • TEMPERATURE CONTROL: The CosmoGrill temperature gauge enables you to cook to perfection. The chimney and adjustable air vents facilitate better flow of heat and smoke for that optimum flame grilled...
  • MORE GRILLING CONTROL: Variable heat distribution around the grill enabling you to cook different meats and vegetables with different requirements at the same time. A stainless steel warming rack...
Bestseller No. 5
HYGRAD® Large Portable Charcoal BBQ Grill Multi Feature BBQ Grill For Garden Outdoor UK
  • A fantastic Large portable BBQ grill, with numerous features and add ons. Perfect for a meaty bbq feast or garden party.
  • Large Base and Surface, giving you enough space for all your meat, cook all at once without having to wait for the space!
  • Made from heavy duty cast iron for extra durability

Last update on 2021-07-27 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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