How To: Create The Perfect BBQ

While the summer is here and the weather heats up why not heat up your BBQ too. Preparing a perfect BBQ can be difficult at times but below we will show you how to prepare the perfect BBQ. 

Tools for the Job:

  • Charcoal
  • BBQ
  • Lighter
  • Chimney Starter
  • BBQ lighter cubes


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  • 1 Place the lid in holder.
  • 2 Position the chimney starter on your grate so that you can fill it with charcoal.
  • 3 Fill the chimney starter with charcoal.
  • 4 Position the BBQ cubes 2-3 centred on the grate, then light.
  • 5 Position the chimney starter on top of the grate over the lit cubes and wait at least 20 minutes for the BBQ to heat up to the correct working temperature.
  • 6 If 'indirect cooking' then tip the hot charcoal into the side trays of the BBQ. Note: Indirect cooking is similar to roasting. The circulating heat works much like a convection oven, so there's no need to turn the food. Use this method for larger cuts of meat, whole chickens, ribs, etc. Or foods that require 25 minutes or more grilling time.
  • 7 Place a drip pan between the charcoal to collect drippings that can be used for gravies & sauces. It also prevents flare ups.
  • 8 However if you are direct cooking tip the charcoal over the entire grate. No side trays are required. Note: Direct cooking is food directly over the heat source. For even cooking the food should be turned once halfway through the grilling time. This is for food that takes less than 25mins. E.g. Steaks, Sausages, Burgers & Vegetables.
  • 9 Correctly position the cooking grate and allow it to preheat.
  • 10 Place the lid on your BBQ and allow it to heat up.
  • 11 Open all vents on your BBQ for best results.
  • 12 Allow to pre-heat for approximately 10-15 minuets until the temperature reaches to 250 degrees celsius. 'Time to BBQ'.
  • 13 Now time to relax and enjoy your BBQ!