Monthly Archives: August 2019

Barbecue Must Haves

When planning any event it is always wise to make a list to ensure that you don’t forget anything. Planning is key to ensuring that an your event runs smoothly and is enjoyed by all

Barbecue Food

This might sound like an obvious one however it is important to know how many people are coming to your barbecue and to have enough food in for any unexpected guests who may tag along.

Consider also who is coming, are there any vegetarians attending? If so have something filling and delicious so that they don’t have to hover by the salad table hungry all day.

Drink

Again this is not purely about having enough, but having the right amount and the right type. Alcohol at a barbecue is pretty much a given, however do keep in mind the fact that some guests will have to drive home. Make sure you have delicious icy drinks available for those that choose not to drink alcohol.

barbecue

barbecue

Prepare the Garden for your barbecue

Prior to hosting a barbecue it would be wise to give the garden some tender loving care. Cut the grass, trim back any overhanging branches and hedges and have a general tidy up. Move children’s garden toys out of the way to make way for extra seating.

Parking

Adequate parking is an issue for many residences. Do your best to find appropriate parking for guests and be courteous and warn neighbours in advance that you have people coming over.

Prepare the Barbecue

Make sure that prior to guests arriving and cooking that your gas or charcoal barbecue is clean and in good working order. It would be wise to check in advance that you have enough gas or fuel to last the day.

Don’t Skimp On the Extras

It is often the little things that people remember at a party. Decorate your garden with lanterns or choose a theme and really get enthusiastic about making your garden special. Ensure that there is music on throughout to create the right atmosphere and consider citronella candles or similar bug repelling measures to ensure that your guests don’t leave covered in bites.

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barbecue

Pre-cook and Prepare for the barbecue

Pre-cooking sausages and meats in the oven is not cheating, is it a great way to ensure that guests aren’t standing around hungry. Finishing meat off on the barbecue means that no-one will miss out on that familiar and delicious smoky taste, and you can be sure that food is cooked through properly.

By having salads and accompaniments made in advance you can be sure that you have time to enjoy your company and are not stuck in the kitchen.

A barbecue should be a stress free and enjoyable event for everyone, including the host. By making a list and ensuring that all the bases are covered you too can relax, enjoy a bite to eat and spend hassle-free time with your family, friends and neighbours.

Joel’s Top 5 Barbecue Seasonings From Nature Kitchen

 I’ve always believed that you can cook the best meat in the world, meat so juicy and tasty that it’s to die for, but it will be nothing if the seasoning you made to go with it is horrible. The best barbecue seasonings can lift meat to new heights of flavour experience, and add a touch of zing to make your meat a little more exciting. I’m a big fan of constantly trying new flavours, after all that’s why we have taste buds and I wouldn’t be a food lover if I didn’t want to have new taste experiences. You can travel to all four corners of the world and find a new spice you’ve never tried before, but we don’t all have the luxury of travelling the world just to eat food.

Our Top 5 Barbecue Seasonings From Nature Kitchen

That’s where retailers like Nature Kitchen come in. I’ve recently become aware of this little business based in Cornwall, and I’m itching to give their massive and varied range of spices and seasonings a try. I’ve poured over their site with the idea of covering my next serving of barbecued meat with some of the spices they offer. Since they’re very reasonably priced and include free delivery on orders over £25, I’m sure I’ll be using them pretty soon. In the meantime I’ve selected some of my favourite spice mixes from the selection they offer, because if you try anything from this site then these should be your first picks.

Barbecue Seasonings From Nature Kitchen

Barbecue Seasonings From Nature Kitchen

 5 Awesome Barbecue Seasonings you can Buy at Nature Kitchen

Lemongrass and Ginger Mix

This delicious mix is a popular combination in parts of Asia; namely Vietnam and Thailand. It has a unique citrus-tinged spicy flavour that goes perfect with chicken. While a popular way to enjoy this mix is to add it to a chicken stir-fry dish, it works well on barbecued chicken too.

Add a touch of garlic and black pepper for an extra kick!

Lemon Pepper barbecue mix

Lemon pepper is a colourful and mild blend of spices that works extremely well as a rub on for various meats. Cold or hot; you can easily enjoy this zesty rub. However, it’s not just meat that it goes well with – it also works well in a vegetable stir fry or in soup and stews. Try it with some chicken goujons for the ultimate combination. 

Allspice barbecue mix

The distinctive flavour of allspice makes it perfect for use in many dishes, with the vast majority of them being of Caribbean origin. It’s commonly used in Jerk seasoning, which opens you up to a whole world of different taste experiences that originated on the island nation of Jamaica. When it comes to barbecue it also works well in a myriad of barbecue sauces; from Kansas City-Style BBQ Sauce, Jamaican Jerk BBQ Sauce and Molasses Barbecue Sauce amongst many others. Allspice leads you down so many different food related roads that we could produce entire books on it. I suppose you could call it the ultimate spice!

Barbecue Seasonings From Nature Kitchen

Barbecue Seasonings From Nature Kitchen

Smoked Paprika

Paprika is one of my favourite spices; I just can’t seem to get enough of it lately and I seem to be putting it on pretty much everything. Smoked paprika is a touch tastier for adding to barbecued meats in my opinion, and whenever I grill up Spanish Chicken on the barbecue I make sure I add it. It also works well as a BBQ sauce, as seen in this recipe for Fire Roasted Baby Lamb Chops with Smoked Paprika-Orange BBQ Sauce.

Baharat 

I can’t complete this post without mentioning a little Middle Eastern flavour, and Baharat is one of my favourite spice mixes. It’s a blend of smoky and sweet flavours that’s out of this world when applied as a rub on red meats. It works best when used to season lamb, but you can use it to perk up pretty much any red meat – as well as fish, poultry and even vegetables – you put on the barbecue. It’s also best applied before cooking to let the flavours soak into the meat.

If you’ve used Nature Kitchen in the past then please let us know what you think in the comments. If not, simply tell us what your favourite spice mixes and seasonings are from the range that they offer.

Joel’s Grilled Honey Mustard Chicken Recipe

Over the time I’ve been contributing to this blog I’ve found that the best time to write recipes is right before I’m about to have my lunch. Why is this? Well, I know I’m getting hungry and I know that writing my favourite barbecue recipes is going to get me even hungrier, so if I wrote this when it was hours away from having anything to eat I would have to suffer my hunger and be plagued by the thoughts of some juicy meat sizzling on the barbecue. If I write it now, at least I can fulfil my hunger in about 20 minutes! Granted, I can’t whip out the barbecue and replicate the recipe below right this minute (I think all workplaces should automatically come with a barbecue!) but at least I can eat my boring old sandwich and hopefully cook something on the barbecue this weekend.

Grilled Honey Mustard Chicken Recipe

Anyway, if anything is going to get me wanting my lunch it’s the recipe I’m going to write about today. I first tried the Honey Mustard Grilled Chicken at a family friends barbecue a few years ago (done on a wonderful gas barbecue like these), and after tasting it I was immediately pestering them for the recipe. It turns out that it’s pretty simple to make, but this was a younger me than didn’t really know an awful lot about barbecues and would probably set the shed on fire if he tried. Thankfully these days I’m fully confident I can whip up a tasty treat, and this is one of my favourites.

Chicken wings with honey and mustard

Chicken wings with honey and mustard

Chicken is easily a favourite meat of mine, but the Honey Mustard Grilled Chicken is simply gorgeous and I always make sure it’s part of the barbecue line-up. Here’s what you need for 4 servings:

  • ½ cup of Dijon mustard
  • ½ cup of honey
  • 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Now the fun part of the barbecue!

  1. Prepare the grill, preheating it to a medium heat so you’re not waiting around for it to be hot enough.
  2. Take the mustard, honey and mayonnaise and mix it together in a bowl. This creates the scrumptious honey mustard sauce, some of which you need to set aside for basting.
  3. Dip your chicken breasts into the rest of the sauce and make sure they’re completely covered.
  4. Lightly oil the grill, making sure all the surfaces that the chicken breasts like on are covered in oil.
  5. Whack on the chicken breasts, turning after about 5 or 6 minutes into the cooking. Once you’ve got a nice brown crust formed on both sides.
  6. Pour the leftover sauce over the chicken and leave it under foil for about 5 minutes.
  7. Serve. If you want you can add some lime wedges on the plate for that extra zing!
Grilled Honey Mustard Chicken

Grilled Honey Mustard Chicken

As you can see it’s a simple enough recipe, so you have no excuse not to try it (unless you hate chicken, but why would you). You just need to make sure you’re watching the chicken regularly so you don’t accidentally burn either side. A burnt sausage I can sort of deal with, but burnt chicken not so much for some reason.