Cooking on the barbecue

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Learn how to cook well on the barbecue. This cooking technique is popular to celebrate, cook low-fat dishes and appreciated for the speed of preparation as well.


Cooking on the barbecue


An old cooking mode

It is said that it was the Spanish explorers who made barbecue cooking known (derived from the American word barbacoa). They discovered this way of cooking with the Native Americans of the New World who grilled their food on wooden trellises laid on a lit embers fire on the beach. This cooking method is popular for low-fat dishes and speed of preparation.


Cooking techniques

To prevent food from sticking to the grill, brush the food with oil, not the grill.

When I cook on my propane gas grill I place a small block of wood or a stone between the grill and the lid to let out the smoke that gives a charred taste to grilled foods.

For tender and juicy grilled foods, first brown the food over high heat on both sides and continue cooking at low temperature. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

When using a rotisserie, place a plate or dish of metal filled with water or broth below the poultry or grill roast to collect the fat that is flowing out of the food. There must be liquid for the duration of the cooking.

Beef: If you like rare beef steaks, get steaks at least an inch thick.

Chicken: Remove skin and visible fat to prevent the melted fat from igniting and burning flesh as it drips on embers.

Fish: Firm fish such as salmon, tuna and halibut are suitable for grilling. The cooking of the steaks is perfect when the dorsal ridge is easily detached when pressed with the tines of a fork.

Vegetables: When cooking vegetable skewers or papillotes, choose vegetables that requires the same cooking time. To grill small new potatoes, steam them until half cooked and brush with oil and thread on skewers to finish cooking on the grill.


Your barbecue turned into an oven

Rather than opening the oven of the house on hot summer days, I often use the barbecue to cook a roast or bread. To do this, simply place the rack at the highest position and place an oven thermometer that indicates the desired degree of cooking. It is important to check the temperature of the barbecue frequently during cooking.

A grill pan for the winter season

The same cooking techniques apply with the grill pan. Place the food only when the skillet is hot.

To save time:

If you do not have the time to cut meat and poultry for kebabs, prepare your favorite marinade and marinate pork chops, chicken breasts and fish steaks.



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