Barbecuing is one of Australia's favourite pastimes and typically, the hotter the weather, the more time we spend outside. But with winter upon us and the chill factor too high, we tend to forget about firing up the barbie and opting for the indoor oven. This doesn't have to be the case and here are the top 5 tips to keep it going all through the chilly season.
In winter, it’s all about spending the least amount of time outside in the chill. For the sake of efficiency, be sure to prepare anything you can prior to cooking and – the tastes of guests permitting – keep the menu to items that cook quickly and easily: snags, skewers, patties, veggies, fish.
Just pretend it's summer
Not that we want to contradict ourselves, but if you and your friends don’t mind colder temps, by all means treat this just as you would a summer barbie, except switch out your shorts for a sweater and replace the cold beers with mulled wine. Throw in some roasted marshmallows and a blanket or two and you’re set!
Keep it hot
If you’re going to be storing your food, do so in ceramic cookware. It’s your best bet for heat retention and insulation, which is exactly what you want during the cooler months!
Keep it 'on point'
Point end brisket is especially suited to low and slow barbecue (yes, this techniques does take a while, though the results are well worth it) and also goes great with a nice red. If you’re unfamiliar with this type of cut, best to consult your butcher first.
Invest in a good barbie
There are thousands out there, but a favourite for any time of the year is the very schmick-looking, super practical To Go Grill BBQ from BHG Shop. Just look at it!