Essential Tools You Need to Make The Juiciest BBQ
While social distancing and days of quarantine may mean no summer BBQs with your friends, on a positive note, it’s a perfect time to up your BBQ game for the next season.
If you’re a BBQ lover, you may have tried recreating that juicy steak you had at a restaurant, but, most of the time, there’s always something missing.
It doesn’t taste the same, even when you’re following a tried and tested recipe. Most pitmasters believe that in order to get your BBQ right, you should focus on what you are using rather than how you make it.
Here’s a list of essential tools you should have to make the juiciest BBQ.
1. Grill Brush
First and foremost, the secret to a great BBQ is starting out on a sparkling clean grill. A clean grill gives clear grill marks and enables the cooked food to come off easily.
Find a brush that is sturdy and can last long. Brushes with nylon bristles are very durable. A good grill brush should be able to get between the grates and clean any stuck food items, like burnt up sauce or melted cheese.
2. Propane Smokers
Although grilling meats in griddles or grill pans may have its own charm, seasoned pitmasters prefer smoking meat. For the uninitiated, smoking is a way of grilling that is done on low heat. The technique allows food to cook on low heat, which, obviously, is a slower cooking process.
A lot of smoke is used to cook the food, which gives it a dry roasted and smoky flavor.
Smoking can be done on a grill, but to get the best results, use a propane smoker. With a variety of options to choose from, make sure to find the best propane smokers that meet your needs.
Propane smokers come in different materials, like cast iron or stainless steel. Look out for the different features, like cooking area, temperature control, cooling racks, and digital thermometers. Propane smokers are vertically aligned with the cooking area on the top and the gas chamber at the bottom.
Most propane smokers come with grill racks, wooden trays, gas burners, water pans, and dampers and vents.
3. Meat Thermometer
A meat thermometer plays a very important role in ensuring that your steak is perfectly done. With a good meat thermometer handy, you can quickly check the doneness of your meat, making sure you aren’t taking it off the rack too soon or letting it overcook.
With digital meat thermometers now available, you could also check the temperature on your app while entertaining guests.
One of the most essential grilling tools, a good pair of tongs can make your whole barbeque experience very smooth. While a wrong sized pair of tongs can get you too close to the heat, a heavy and stiff model can be difficult to handle. While choosing one, look for strong tongs that are long enough and easy to handle.
Just like tongs, look for spatulas that aren’t too heavy and easy to handle.
Invest in a bunch of stainless steel skewers. Skewers are perfect for grilling kebabs and vegetables. Each skewer can hold enough meat and can be easily rotated to cook the meat or vegetable evenly.
7. Carving Board
Look out for a good quality wooden carving board that can be used for serving your BBQs directly from the grill. Choose a board that is designed with dented borders so that the juices don’t overflow while serving.
How To Make A Scrumptious BBQ
To make a delicious barbeque, you could start with smoking a juicy piece of meat. If you’re a beginner to smoking meat, here are a few tips to help you perfect the art of smoking meat:
Rub for your meat:
Making a good rub for your meat is a very important step. Instead of using brine, which is likely to make the meat too salty, you can use a simple rub made of salt, lemon juice, black pepper, and chilli flakes.
Keep the meat at room temperature: Put the meat out of the fridge two hours before you put the meat in the smoker because the meat will take some time to adjust to the room temperature. Doing so will help keep the moisture in the meat.
Smoking the meat over low heat will greatly enhance the flavor. Slow cooking keeps the meat moist and tender. Ideally, keep the temperature of your propane smoker at 225 degrees. Your meat should have a nice bark.
Use a meat thermometer:
In order to ensure that you don’t overcook or undercook, use a meat thermometer. Get one that can be used inside a smoker. This can constantly tell you the temperature of the meat without having to open the smoker door.
Open to lid at the end:
Once you’ve put the meat in the propane smoker, you should only take it out after four to five hours or once you think it’s done. The main aim of smoking is to get a silky texture. To know it’s perfectly cooked, pull a little meat from the barbequed piece. If it’s pulling from the bone without breaking apart, congratulations–you’ve cooked a perfectly smoked piece of meat!
Let it rest:
Once you’ve taken the meat out of the smoker, don’t eat it immediately. Let it rest for a while and soak up all the juices.
Serve it with a sauce: Before serving your juicy BBQ, glaze the meat with barbeque sauce and put it back in the smoker for 15 minutes. Once done, you could serve it on your carving board or just put them on a family platter.
It’s time to perfect your BBQ skills. Get those essential BBQ tools out, bring your favorite meat, and get barbequing. Remember to pair it with a good glass of wine.
Wines with high tannins go well with spicy sauces, while a prosecco can help enhance the sweetness of the sauce. Following these tips will definitely bring you a step closer to becoming a seasoned pitmaster!