Avoid extra virgin olive oil in marinades or adding sweet barbeque sauce to meat before cooking. Both burn and smoke on contact with barbecues. Instead, use a light olive oil, or vegetable oil in marinades or brush on sauce during the last few minutes of cooking. Getting clever with marinades can really inject some life into your BBQ. Pick up a pre-marinated option from your local New World and you can get a huge range of flavours, textures and spices without even having to pick up a whisk!
Try your hand at these easy homemade marinades
Spicy paprika rub
Simple, tasty, and great used with any meat! Use 1 tsp paprika, 1 tsp dried oregano, ½ tsp flaky salt, ½ tsp chilli powder. Combine together and massage or sprinkle over your preferred meat.
Sticky and delicious, just take 2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce, 2 Tbsp BBQ sauce, 1 Tbsp balsamic. Combine all ingredients in a screw-top jar and shake together. Great for steak and chops, or as a baste for whole scotch/sirloin fillet—simply brush on every 10 minutes while it’s on the grill.
Great for steaks, veges and potatoes. Pack into pots/ramekins (they’ll keep for a week) or roll onto a sheet of baking paper like a sausage, twist the ends together and slice.
Blue cheese and thyme butter
Great with BBQ steaks, mash a soft blue cheese with 50gms softened butter, chopped fresh thyme or chopped chives.
Wholegrain mustard and parsley butter
Beat together 50g softened butter with 1 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley and 1 Tbsp wholegrain mustard. Brilliant with steak.
Taking care of your BBQ
Hints & tips
A barbecue is the centerpiece of Kiwi summer dining. An outdoor grill that is kept constantly clean will stay in good working order for a long time and will ensure that the food always tastes great. Barbecues should be cleaned after every use and at the beginning and end of the barbecue season. Every barbecue is different, so check the manual or ask your retailer for advice.
Great tips for cleaning your barbecue
The easiest way to care for your barbecue is to clean it after every use. Simply wait until the grill has cooled down (but is still quite warm), and use a wire brush or a crumpled up piece of aluminium foil to brush off heavy marinades or food residue.
For a quick clean pre-cooking: turn the heat right up, cut an onion in half and, using barbecue tongs or a fork, rub the cut side of the onion on the heated plate. The onion will help to de-grease the plate and pick up little bits of debris.
Always check that the barbecue isn't hot to the touch before handling the grates or any other area of the barbecue for cleaning.
Clean the exterior of the barbecue with soapy water and a rag.
Always keep the grill covered when not in use. If possible, store indoors if you’re not using it for a few months.
Never use oven cleaner on a gas grill and don't get oven cleaner on the exterior of the grill, where it can damage the finish or enamel.