7 BBQ Hacks you Need to Know

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By Tesco

Barbecues can sometimes be a lot of work. It’s fairly easy to get food stuck on the grill, to make the hamburgers too dry, and even make a big mess with all the condiments and bags of chips. And let’s not even mention the bottle opener that somehow always seems to go missing.

Mini tragedies like the ones mentioned are never fun. That’s why we’ve put together a list of 7 incredible barbecue hacks that will prevent any of these things from happening and make your life so much easier.

1. How to Quickly Clean a BBQ with Tin Foil

Scrunch up a sheet of tin foil into a ball and then scrape away any grit. Once clean, rub with half an onion, it will add extra flavour to the meat.

 

2. Double the Power

Have two BBQs running at once so you don’t risk wasting time relighting the pesky coals. Even better, you can cook more food more quickly, and have time to actually enjoy it.

Watch this video to find out how to light a BBQ three different ways.

 

3. A Shortcut to Prepare Meat

Bring red meat to room temperature before cooking for it to heat through more quickly. Avoid under-cooked chicken by cooking it half-way in the oven first and then complete cooking on the BBQ grill.

Watch this video to see how to keep burgers juicy when cooked on the BBQ.

 

4. Cook Veggies on a Tin Foil Bowl

Forget fiddly skewers. Fold a large piece of foil in half and crimp the sides to make a bowl. Fill with chopped veg, poke a few holes in the base for extra smoky flavour and cook on the grill.

5. Fuss-Free Fish

Fish on the BBQ can often fall apart and leave the grill in a sticky mess. Cook fillets on a bed of sliced lemons or limes: the citrus oil boosts flavour and protects the grill, saving on cleaning time.

 

6. DIY Dessert

There’s almost no washing up with this trick, leaving you to enjoy hosting. Just fill a tray with tubs of ice cream and cookies so guests can make their own ice-cream sandwiches.

Or to make the most of the BBQ grill, try these banoffee bananas.

7. Add shower Curtains to a Gazebo

Transform a standard gazebo into a rain-resistant outdoor room. Hang old shower curtains by their rings from the rails or attach them using bungie chords to make waterproof walls.

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