BBQ Season - Sweets And Cocktails

BBQ Season: Sweets & Cocktails

If you have been following our BBQ series you are hopefully looking forward to our final installment, BBQ Season: Sweets & Cocktails. In our previous blogs, we explored the art of grilling juicy meats and creating delicious side dishes to accompany them. But, in my view, no BBQ experience would be complete without a grande finale. Yes, desserts and refreshing cocktails are definitely a must have for any successful BBQ. As always, we make it easy for you with these simple but delicious recipes. And, since nobody wants to spend time in a boiling kitchen in the summer, these desserts are also no bake. BBQ Desserts Pineapple Wedges With Rum Butter And Toasted Coconut If your family is anything like ours, it is likely that you will have little to no space for dessert following a BBQ. A vast amount of delicious meat often results in food comas at our house! That said, Evan and I ALWAYS have a special pocket for dessert regardless of how full we feel. This first dessert is an ideal dish in that it is refreshing and light however, given the addition of rum you may wish to have an alcohol-free version for the kids. Serves 4 Ingredients Directions White Chocolate Limoncello Tiramisu I made this recipe a few weeks ago for a family get-together and it was an absolute hit. I’m sure it will soon become a favourite at your summer BBQs or family meals. Filling Soak Drizzle Directions White Chocolate Mousse If you are making the limoncello tiramisu, use the leftover Rosselle Cream to make a non-alcoholic mousse for the kids. Ingredients Directions S’mores For those of you who have been, or currently are, Brownies, Girl Guides or Scouts (or are just American!) there can be no better ending to a BBQ than a good old S’more. The origins of s’mores can be traced back to the early 20th century when they first appeared in the Girl Scouts handbook in 1927. The name “s’more” is a contraction of the phrase “some more.” And, in our opinion, “some more” perfectly encapsulates the irresistible nature of this indulgent treat. Traditionally made with Graham Crackers we make ours with plain Digestives since Graham Crackers are hard to find in Gibraltar. Directions While the classic s’more holds a special place in our hearts, experimenting with different flavors can be a delightful adventure. Here are a few tantalizing variations to try: Want to receive exclusive recipes straight to your inbox? Then join the T.O.M tribe. It’s fun, it’s free and we won’t spam you! Perfect BBQ/Summer Drinks We guarantee you will have the perfect BBQ party if you make some of these for your guests. There’s definitely something for all tastes with our cocktails, mocktails, lemonades and smoothie options. Word of warning though, if you are having our cocktails, these are strong and VERY moreish. You might want to take it easy or stock up on the paracetamol! And that’s a wrap! We hope you have enjoyed our BBQ series and that you have a fabulous BBQ season. If you’ve missed any of our other BBQ posts be sure to check them out from Safety to Starters and Mains. Happy grilling. Sharing Is Caring: Related Articles:

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BBQ Season: The Main Event

Welcome back, fellow barbecue lovers.  In our previous post we delved into the world of BBQ starters and appetisers.  We hope that your taste buds were sufficiently tantalised and you are eager for more delicious BBQ food as we turn our attention to the main event.  Cooking Up A Primal Feast Standing before a roaring fire cooking up a primal feast has a certain allure.   Whether it is its appeal to our inner caveman or the simple fact that BBQ food is just plain AMAZING!  In this post we explore the cooking of meat (and fish) over an open fire providing you with the ultimate food guide for the main event. The Ultimate Summer Social Event BBQs bring people together in an informal and relaxed environment.  Unlike the confines of a kitchen which are often removed from the main gathering, BBQs provide an open place where guests and hosts can mingle and enjoy good conversation, food, drink and fun. For me, BBQs definitely become a social event as Dani will take over the entire cooking of the main meal.  Whilst Dani at least loves cooking normally, during BBQ season he really is in his element.  And, if our conversations with our neighbours are anything to go by, it seems that most of the men in our block relish the prospect of cooking up a feast over the open flames. This leaves me free to concentrate on preparing the starters and desserts (my favourite) and being the hostess with the mostess! On BBQ day, I become the sous chef.  Dani is in charge of the main event and I become the gofer!  But, I also have another very important role.  I make sure that everyone’s glass is full and that there is a delicious and refreshing cocktail or two for our guests. The Perfect BBQ Menu I apologise in advance to all our vegan and vegetarian followers but this post is a BBQ post and in my mind the perfect BBQ food is simply meat and fish.  So without further ado, let’s dive into the perfect BBQ menu for the main event. Juicy Rib Eye Steak A thick, marbled ribeye steak is an absolute must have for a successful BBQ.  You can choose to season it simply with salt and pepper.  Alternatively, prepare a marinade with your favourite herbs and spices or a delicious chimichurri. Chimichurri Directions Crush the dry ingredients using a pestle and mortar and then add the oil and vinegar. That’s it! Smoky Barbecue Ribs Ribs are the epitome of BBQ perfection as long as they are cooked properly.  Tender, succulent and falling off the bone!  Whilst you can achieve this result by solely cooking your ribs on the BBQ, you need to make sure that you are able to control the temperature throughout.  For easy to follow instructions and a delicious rib rub recipe, check out this blog by Bowl Me Over. If you are going to cook your ribs on a charcoal BBQ where it can be difficult to control the temperature, our top tip for the perfect ribs is to slow cook them in the oven before finishing them off on the BBQ for the ultimate smoky taste. Another must do with ribs is to baste them with tangy barbecue sauce during the cooking process. We recommend heating up a ready made BBQ sauce such as this for a deliciously sweet and smoky taste. Smoked Brisket A brisket is a huge amount of meat so, if you choose to cook this meat at your next BBQ you may want to have this as the sole main. Cooking a brisket on the BBQ requires patience as the cooking will take place over several hours (even overnight including the prep).  That said, the end result will be absolutely worth your efforts as your brisket transforms into a masterpiece.  Follow this guide with the ingredients below for perfectly cooked juicy tender meat that melts in your mouth. Ingredients Cedar-Planked Salmon Whilst meat often takes centre stage in most BBQs, you should not overlook fish as a delicious alternative.  Cedar-planked salmon would be a perfect choice  when barbecuing fish.  Note that cooking the fish on the cedar wood will result in a very smoky taste.  If you are not keen on the same just follow the instructions and cook on the grill without the wood. This simple rub is so easy to prepare and will guarantee a deliciously sweet tang to your smoky salmon. Ingredients (for 4 people) Special Equipment Directions Burgers Makes 6-8 Mix all the ingredients together and then divide into burger shaped patties. Cook as desired. Chicken Pinchitos What would a Gibraltarian BBQ be without chicken (although you can also use beef, lamp or pork if preferred) pinchitos?  Surely, this is a guaranteed staple dish at any BBQ, right?  So whilst we can easily buy Moroccan spiced chicken pinchitos at any local market, if you want to make your own pinchito spice rub just follow these steps Ingredients Directions Bacon Wrapped Pork Chops With Bourbon Sauce These juicy and tangy pork chops will be an absolute hit at any BBQ get together. Ingredients Sauce Rub Directions Previously food safety guidelines advised that pork should be cooked to 160℉ however nowadays, the guidelines provide for an internal temperature of 63℃ (or 145℉). Want to receive exclusive recipes straight to your inbox? Join our tribe. It’s free, it’s fun and we won’t spam! Prawn Kebabs With Pistachio Tarragon Pesto Ingredients Special Equipment Directions Sharing Is Caring: Unleash Your Inner Caveman Indulging in these mouthwatering main BBQ meals will surely get your inner caveman roaring with delight!  Next time we’ll share cocktail and dessert ideas to help you finish off your BBQ in style. Happy barbecuing! For more barbecue ideas check out our safety guide and starters. Check Out Our Food & Drink Section – Yummy!!

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Delicious Starters For Your Next BBQ

Delicious Starters For Your Next BBQ

Even though it’s still only spring we have been experiencing proper summer weather for some weeks now.  In our house, this can only mean the start of BBQ season!  It’s time to dust off those tongs, ignite those flames and enjoy delicious alfresco dining. Starters, mains and even desserts, you can make them all on your BBQ. Over the next few weeks, we will be embarking on a BBQ lover’s dream journey as we share some mouth-watering recipes to kick-start your outdoor culinary festivities with a bang. This week we start at the beginning, with delicious BBQ starters, appetisers and side dishes. Seared Calamari with Chili Sauce and Mint (serves 4) Calamari is not something you generally find at your typical BBQ.  But trust me, once you try this it will become one of your go to starters and you will make it time and again. Instructions Chicken Wings with Sweet Balsamic Glaze (Serves 4-6) These sticky and sweet chicken wings will definitely have your guests impatiently anticipating the next courses. One of our favourite BBQ starters. Glaze Rub 12 chicken wings, each cut in half at the joint Instructions When ready the skin should be crispy at the edges and the meat should no longer be pink at the bone.  Grilled Vegetable Skewers For a healthy starter, thread colourful bell peppers, courgettes, mushrooms and cherry tomatoes onto skewers and place on the BBQ until cooked. Smokey Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers If you are a fan of bold, spicy flavours, these are a must try. I mean, who doesn’t love bacon and gooey cheese? We think this is a perfect BBQ starter. Halve fresh jalapeños and remove the seeds and membranes.  Stuff them with a Philadelphia cheese and then wrap each half with a slice of smoky bacon.  Secure with a toothpick.  Cook until the bacon is crispy and the cheese is gooey. Alioli Potato Salad (serves 4) Instructions Sweetcorn, Tomato & Avocado Salad This delicious salad with a fresh lime dressing by Cafe Delites will be perfect with any main course. Salad Dressing Assemble the salad ingredients in a bowl and make the dressing in a small jug.  Drizzle the dressing over the salad and enjoy a delicious side salad. Halloumi Fries With Honey and Sesame We guarantee that this starter will be an absolute hit at your next BBQ. Instructions We hope that these starters whet your appetite for what promises to be a fantastic BBQ season.  Be sure to check back in over the coming weeks for ideas for your main course, desserts and cocktails that will make your BBQ the best in town.  Don’t forget to follow our BBQ Safety tips for a delicious, fun and safe BBQ season. In need of more recipes? Check out our food section:

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BBQ Safety – Your Ultimate Guide

As the days get longer and the temperature starts to rise, it’s time to start thinking about al fresco dining. But before you fire up the BBQ it’s important to make sure that you can do this safely. By taking a few simple precautions, you can ensure that your BBQs remain fun and accident-free. So, let’s dive into some essential BBQ safety tips to keep your flames high and the risks low! Location, Location, Location Cleaning Before each BBQ, make sure to clean your grill thoroughly. Remove grease buildup from the grates and trays to prevent flare-ups and reduce the risk of fire. Regular maintenance will not only enhance the safety of your grill but also improve its performance and longevity. Fire Up Those Flames! If you’re using a charcoal BBQ be sure to follow proper lighting methods. Avoid using lighter fluid once the coals are lit as this can cause sudden flare-ups. Instead, use charcoal chimney starters or electric starters for a safer and more controlled ignition. For gas grills, always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for lighting and ignition. Be Alert Never leave your BBQ unattended while it’s in use. Flare-ups can happen suddenly, so have a spray bottle of water, a fire extinguisher, or a bucket of sand nearby to quickly extinguish any small fires that may arise. Keep flammable materials such as lighter fluid, gasoline, and other combustible substances away from the grill. Store them in a safe location, preferably in a cool and well-ventilated area. Food Safety For best results be sure to let your BBQ fire up fully.  Let the coals heat up for at least 10-15 minutes before attempting to cook any food. Avoid food poisoning by following good hygiene practices.  The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention advise as follows:  1. When shopping for your meat products, pick up meat, chicken and other poultry first.  Any seafood should be picked last to ensure it is kept on ice for the longest time possible. Do not mix your meat products with other shopping and avoid cross-contamination by packing raw meat and poultry into individual plastic bags. 2. Be sure to keep all meat and seafood in an insulated cooler on the journey home and keep refrigerated until you are ready to use the same. 3. If you need to thaw any food do so in the refrigerator, cold water or microwave to prevent harmful germs from breeding. 4. Always marinate food in the refrigerator. 5. Wash your hands with soap before and after handling raw meat, poultry and seafood.  Clean work surfaces thoroughly before cooking. 6. Make sure you clean the grill surface before cooking. If you use a wire bristle brush to clean, be sure to check the grills for any bristles.  This can become dislodged and stick to the food you are cooking! 7. Throw out any marinades or sauces that have touched raw meat juice. 8. Use clean utensils and a clean plate to transfer cooked meat to the table.  NEVER place cooked meat back onto a plate that has held raw meat. 9. Use a food thermometer to make sure that the food has been cooked to a temperature which kills harmful germs. 10 Store any leftovers in the refrigerator within 2 hours of cooking (or within 1 hour if the outside temperature is above 30℃. Cool Down Once your BBQ is over, make sure to turn off the burners if using gas or properly extinguish the coals. A Safe BBQ Is Happy BBQ Remember, BBQ cooking safety should never be overlooked. By following these guidelines you can enjoy the amazing flavours of BBQ cooking while keeping your loved ones and property safe. So, fire up those grills and have a memorable BBQ season Check out our food and drink section for some great BBQ accompaniment ideas. Summer is coming! Read our summer-related articles:

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