Barbecues have come a long way from just a place to cook your steaks and snags. There is a range of new developments in barbecues that let you expand your cooking repertoire and make entertaining easier.
You can have the benefits of charcoal cooking with the ease of a gas fuel source. A charcoal tray is an accessory that fits under your grilling plate. Fill it with charcoal to give your meat a delicious smoky flavour. Experiment with charcoal from different types of wood to change the taste of your food.
Instead of having your whole cooking surface roughly the same temperature, a sear burner heats up a portion of the hot plate to a higher temperature. It’s perfect to seal in all the flavoursome juices when you’re cooking your steaks.
There are a couple of accessories that can help you turn your barbecue into a complete outdoor cooking appliance. A pizza stone gives your pizza bases a perfect crispy finish without being too dry. A smoker tray turns your barbie into a mini smoker. Fill it up with your choice of wood chips, put the burners on low heat, close the hood and leave it for at least 2 hours. The low heat doesn’t dry out the meat while the smoke from the woodchips gives your meat a delicious tangy flavour.
Keep it on ice
Because cooking up a storm is hot work, it’s always great to have a cold drink on hand. A great idea is an ice bucket built into the side of the barbecue. Throw a couple of cold ones in there to keep you refreshed while you cook. You can also use it to keep your food cold before you’re ready to cook.