Month: April 2018

BBQ Safety Tips Cheat Sheet

BBQ Cheat Sheet logo for the fire safety and tips blog.

The sign of a good dinner party is guests leaving well fed, having had fun and full of praise for the host. With this summer set to be a scorcher and plenty of good reasons to host a BBQ for friends and family, there’s never been a better time to earn a reputation as the king or queen of the outdoor party.

Meat Cooking Temperatures

First and foremost, you’ll want to serve tasty food that shows off your culinary prowess. Ensuring that meat reaches the perfect temperature in the middle is the key to achieving this. For example, it’s important that the internal temperature of chicken or pork is high enough to kill off harmful bacteria and be cooked all the way through. Whereas, keeping an eye on the internal temperature of steak will allow you serve it to your guest’s tastes. Turning meat regularly will help you cook it evenly and safely.

The different flavours can be enhanced with marinades, sides, perfect drink matching and your own charming hosting.

Top Tip: Preventing flare-ups will stop charring, for better flavours and an even, healthy cook.

BBQ Fire Safety

A fire safety issue at a BBQ can be more damaging to your reputation as a host than a biblical downpour just as you serve the food. However, with a few simple steps, it’s easy to remove the majority of risks.

Firstly, it’s imperative to prepare properly; cleaning and maintaining your BBQ will help avoid risks. If you have a gas BBQ, annual checks by an authorised expert will also decrease the chance of accidents. Selecting the right spot for the BBQ is also important –  be pragmatic; ensure it is away from hazards and in a place where you can concentrate on the task in hand, but not so far away that you’ll deny your guests of your sparkling wit.

Top Tip: Beware of shirt tails, sleeves, apron strings, ties, long beards… BBQing is as much about spectating as it is about the taste, just keep people at a safe distance.

Meat Heat: the Ultimate BBQ Cheat Sheet

Following our handy guide will help you to take care of the basics and ensure that you are are an attentive host, serving up perfectly cooked food and avoiding any safety mishaps.

Although some BBQ safety advice may seem like common sense, it is a key part of the art of outdoor dining. If you get the safety element right, all the other parts of being a great host will build from there. That should mean the only things you’ll have to consider after the event are disposing of ashes or empty gas canisters and, of course,  what to cook for your next event.

For more tips on making the most of your outdoor space with great BBQs, take a look at our guide to barbecuing for guests with dietary requirements or the Everdure by Heston Blumenthal BBQ recipe page.

Barbecues for All Diets

Logo for the barbecues for all diets blog post on a grey background.

Some of the best memories are made outdoors in the garden, with good food and even better friends. With BBQ season now in full swing, we wanted to make sure everyone is catered for at your next gathering. It’s easy to create a menu suitable for everybody – all you need is a little bit of planning.

Vegan and vegetarian BBQs

Attending a meat-eating friend’s BBQ as a veggie or vegan can be a bit of a minefield, especially if you’re new to the scene. In addition, it can be equally confusing hosting someone with specific dietary requirements.

Vegetarians follow a diet with no meat or fish. Vegans, on the other hand, exclude, as far as possible, all forms of animal products. The dietary aspect of veganism involves plant-based foods. However, someone who only follows a ‘plant-based’ diet sometimes doesn’t avoid animal testing or by-products, unlike vegans.

A barbecue doesn’t have to revolve around meat. There are plenty of vegan and veggie BBQ options suitable for everyone’s tastes and requirements. Making sure you’ve got an extra throw-away BBQ or a separate area to cook will help avoid any cross contamination and is a great way to make sure everyone feels comfortable. If in doubt, always ask your guests about their preferences.

Top tip: Ask your veggie and vegan friends for ideas! There are numerous meat substitutes out there.

Food allergy advice

In addition to those who follow special diets, it’s estimated that around 2 million people living in the UK have a food allergy – this figure doesn’t include those with food intolerances. To help prevent guests from having an allergic reaction to food, make sure you read up on their requirements beforehand. Similar to catering for veggies and vegans, it’s a good idea to ask for some suggestions of foods they can and want to eat.

Top tip: Freefrom sections in supermarkets are a great place to find popular foods that omit some of the top allergens.

We’ve put together some tips to help understand all your guests’ dietary requirements and make sure everyone has a good time.

With a little bit of research, chefs of all skill levels can create a healthy BBQ to accommodate everyone. From veggie and vegan meals to gluten-free BBQ foods; a barbecue can be diverse, as well as delicious. Try Heston’s char-grilled tomato and avocado slaw as a yummy vegan accompaniment or, for some vegetarian BBQ ideas, the roasted pineapple sundae is perfect for dessert.

Now all you need is the perfect barbeque from our Everdure range. From the charcoal hub to our furnace gas BBQ, we’ve got something for every outdoor garden party.

Everdure by Heston Blumenthal BBQ Experience

Steak and bread cooking on a Fusion charcoal BBQ at the Everdure by Heston Blumenthal BBQ experience.

Garden Centres and Department stores from across the UK received an invitation to Bray in Maidenhead to enjoy a hands-on cooking experience with an Everdure by Heston Blumenthal BBQ range. Hosted in the garden of The Crown, Heston’s very own gastropub, the event included chefs from the award-winning Fat Duck Team.

An Everdure by Heston Blumenthal Fusion charcoal BBQ on display at our BBQ experience.

A Hands-On BBQ Experience

The Everdure by Heston Blumenthal range was on full show over the two-day event. Heston’s usual, unique cuisine was cooked on gas and charcoal barbeques. From all-day breakfasts to sweet desserts, guests were taught how to harness these impressive outdoor cooking machines with tasty results.

Staff from John Lewis, Notcutts and other garden centres attended the event. Despite the cold and wet British weather, the enthusiasm on the day showed our passion for a good old-fashioned BBQ.

Unique BBQ Recipes

The event included four cooking stations, each with their own recipe and BBQ. Steak with blue cheese and watercress on toast was cooked on a Fusion charcoal BBQ. Guests cooked an apple tart and full English breakfast on the Force and Furnace gas BBQs.

A Fat Duck chef teaching staff how to cook a full English breakfast on a Furnace gas BBQ.

While we learnt, a suckling pig cooked throughout the day on the built-in rotisserie system of a HUB charcoal BBQ. We then closed the event with pulled pork sliders, with a brioche bun, specially made BBQ sauce and coleslaw. See the full recipe here.

Everdure by Heston Blumenthal Ambassadors

A Fat Duck chef teaching an audience how an Everdure by Heston Blumenthal HUB BBQ works.

Our aim for the event was to show our customers just what you can achieve on our unique BBQs. Look out for our new Everdure “Ambassadors”, ready to inform you of what delicious food they made at our event.

We would like to thank all who attended our BBQ experience. Also, a big thank you to the chefs from the Fat Duck team. They arranged the delicious recipes and imparted their extensive knowledge. We hope this will inspire the whole of the UK to go out and master the heat on their BBQ.