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Barbecue Chicken

Barbecue Chicken

Two Simple Barbecue Chicken Recipes

Chicken is by far my favourite type of meat. It’s such a succulent meat that feels like it’s melting into a delightful taste when it touches the tip of your tongue – at least if it’s cooked right! If it isn’t cooked right then you’re going to get quite a dry – and probably charred – piece of chicken on your plate. Plus, of course, adding flavour to your barbecue chicken recipes will pep up the taste and leave you with a barbecue meal that can be just as good, if not better, than those juicy steaks, sausages and burgers you may already be accustomed to giving a bit of barbecue loving. Here are three barbecue chicken recipes that really pack a punch when it comes to flavour. If you aren’t already a chicken lover, that’s about to change. Barbecue Chicken

Grilled Orange Chicken Strips

This isn’t the orange chicken you’d find at your local Chinese restaurant (the battered and fried kind). Rather, this is chicken with a touch of orange flavour thanks to the zest and juice of an orange applied to grilled chicken strips. Ingredients (for about 4 servings)
  • 1 pound boneless and skinless chicken breasts cut into strips. Alternatively you can buy 4 smaller chicken breasts and cut them into strips.
  • 1 orange, for the zest and juice (alternatively you can use fresh squeezed orange juice, about 1/3 of a cup)
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, minced up
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon of salt (optional)
Cooking Instructions
  1. Get your chicken breast (or breasts if you’re going down the smaller size route) and cut it into strips of about ¼ inch.
  2. Mix the orange, olive oil, garlic cloves, thyme, oregano and salt (if using) into a resealable plastic bag. Add the chicken and give it a good shake, before popping it into the fridge and leaving it for about 2 hours.
  3. Preheat your grill to a medium heat.
  4. Drain the bag of the marinade and place chicken strips on to metal or wood skewers (soak them if you wish, but I’ve never had a problem with them catching fire when I’ve forgotten to soak them).
  5. Grill them over a medium heat for about 6-8 minutes, taking care to turn them often. Another way of checking if the meat is done is when the juices run clear.
Barbecue Chicken Recipe

Cajun chicken

Always a favourite on my barbecues, Cajun chicken is easy to prepare and will go down a treat with your guests. This is the recipe that I normally use for it, where I create my own Cajun seasoning instead of buying one from the shop. Ingredients (again, serves about 4)
  • 4 skinless and boneless chicken breast fillets
  • ½ teaspoon of onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon of paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon of cumin
  • 1 tablespoon of coriander
  • 1 tablespoon of sunflower oil
Cooking Instructions
  1. Get a dish and add the oil (add more if needed), paprika, pepper, thyme, cumin, coriander and onion powder before mixing them together.
  2. Add the chicken breasts to the dish and turn them over to make sure they’re fully coated with the mixture. Cover and pop into the fridge for about half an hour.
  3. Heat the barbecue at a high heat, lightly oiling the grill.
  4. Drain the marinade out of the dish and place your chicken on the hot grill, cooking for 6 to 8 minutes before turning over and doing the same on the other side. The chicken will be ready when the juices run clear, and should have a nice crispy and tasty flavour.
Those are just two simple barbecue chicken recipes. We’ll be trying, testing (yum) and blogging even more in the future so look out for them.

Charcoal Barbecue Safety Tips

Charcoal Barbecue Safety Tips
Barbecuing is a source of fun for some, relaxation for others and a way to grill up some fantastic food for the enthusiasts out there. However, due to the fun and enjoyment that a barbecue can provide, people often seem to misplace their common sense and disregard basic safety. It’s all too common for people to just grab the BBQ and jump in head first and that’s why we’re writing this – to give everyone a little heads up on how to stay safe.

Charcoal Barbecue Safety Tips: The Ultimate Guide

Charcoal Barbecue Safety Tips I am aware that recently we have covered more than one article that has been safety related, and you may think that we are boring, old-farts who just want to rain on your parade, but I promise you we’re not (some of us aren’t even 30 yet!). All we want to do is throw a bit of knowledge out there to make your barbecues safe as well as enjoyable – it won’t impact the amount of fun you have in the slightest. This is aimed at people who grill on charcoal barbecues; ‘old schoolers’ if you will. If you have a gas powered barbecue, not to worry, we’ve addressed all the safety points in the first part of another article which you can read here. How to stay safe when barbecuing with charcoal

How to stay safe when barbecuing with charcoal:

  • Don’t overload on charcoal. A mistake many people make is how much charcoal to use; often people either overfill (or sometimes even under fill) the barbecue because they aren’t sure how much is enough. The general rule of thumb is to cover the entire base to about 5cm in height (that’s 2 inches for you people who aren’t great at converting metric to imperial).
  • Make sure to use proper starter fuel or fire lighters. There are many knock off products out there and when it comes to something of this severity, you don’t want to mess around with items that might not work properly. Make sure your fire lighters & fuel are purchased from reputable sources – even if it costs a bit more, it’s not worth the chance.
  • Never, ever use petrol. Some people believe that petrol is the answer to everything when it comes to barbecuing. If the BBQ isn’t lighting properly or the flames are dying down, some people automatically reach for the petrol can – DON’T. If it doesn’t explode in your face, you might be lucky enough to just end up with some severe burns. You should never use petrol; in fact, it should never even be close to a barbecue. I can’t stress this enough… Petrol and barbecues don’t mix.
  • Don’t dip ashes into a plastic bin when they’re still warm. Let the ashes cool down first or you could risk a fire; you’d be surprised how easily bins can go up in flames. Unless you’re sticking them in a metal bin, wait until they’re cold, and then dump them.
Barbecue safety conclusion

Barbecue safety conclusion

There’s no doubt that some of these tips are obvious to most and that’s a good thing, the more you knew before reading this the better. But as with everything, there’s a learning curve, and people who are just starting out on the BBQ ladder might not know any of this. Therefore, even if we only manage to educate a couple of people on basic safety, we’ll be more than happy with that. So, if you’ve learnt something new, tell your friends about it. And if you think some of your mates are a bit of a novice when it comes to barbecuing, send this their way and who knows, you might just save a life by passing on a link…

Portable Barbecues

Portable Barbecues
In many national parks, rangers are realising the power of the barbecue. Allowing for picnic tables to have a metal tray where a portable barbecue can be placed, making that walk in the park just a little more special. There is no better time of year than in winter to enjoy the winter barbecue. Although summer may seem like the ideal season, wasps, flies and heat make it almost unbearable sometimes. Coupled with this, almost everyone has the same idea, and finding the right spot to barbecue can seem like a pointless affair. Sausages over a Portable Barbecues grill As we’ve had such a good winter with mild conditions across the board a family walk is an ideal way to get out and about at the weekend. Rolling down hills and splashing in streams the children can burn off energy as you prepare a feast alfresco style. This truly is picnic dining with a tantalising twist. Just a little preparation and you could all be enjoying full bellies of meat and salads before walking it off and then returning home to a cosy wood burning stove.

Portable Barbecues

Tupperware becomes our best friend at a picnic. Marinade meat the night before and place in Tupperware boxes. As you walk through the moors on a morning the jiggling will help more than any flavour shaker will. This will produce the tastiest barbecue meat you’ve consumed in a long time. Portable Barbecues Chicken with lemon thyme and garlic, pork with sage, onions and chives, or beef with mustard and soy sauce will all travel well in a backpack. You may wish to avoid using burgers or meatballs, as the jiggling will have the opposite effect breaking them down into mush!

What else you should take to the barbecue

Any accompaniments can be taken along for the ride. A good block of cheese, some butter and bread will all add to the outdoor feel however try to resist the temptation to use the French loaf as a hiking stick, they break easily and could see you or a younger one riddled with injury. Portable Barbecues Salads will last a good few hours, as long as the dressing is kept separately. Add ingredients to an old bottle and with a tight fit let your walking do the shaking. Most of all don’t forget the dessert. You could have roasted pineapple, marshmallows, or wait until the return home for some stodge in front of the wood burning stove. After all, it may be mild, but it’s still winter. We deserve it!

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