Summer is in the air and the season of backyard BBQ is upon us! Before you arm yourself with the tongs and spatula, follow these 4 tips to surprise, delight, and entice your BBQ guests.
Preparation, Preparation, Preparation…
“Give me 6 hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first 4 sharpening the axe” said Abraham Lincoln. Well when it comes to BBQ, Abe’s wisdom holds true.
Professional chefs always spend time finding the perfect BBQ, reliable tools and the right charcoal for that nice, smoky flavour. Make sure your charcoal is good quality, lumpwood is a favorite of BBQ maestros.
Picking the right ingredients is the most important part of your preparation. Select good quality meat and fresh veggies. If you’re not sure what you’re looking for, try to work with a local butcher or a farmer at the Farmer’s’ Market who can help guide you.
Be Merry with the Marinade
While smoke provides that distinct, delicious BBQ flavour, it also threatens to overwhelm. Therefore, lovingly bathe your meat in a tasty marinade! Experts (like Chef Adair) also recommend reserving some of the sauce and carefully brushing it over the meat while cooking. The marinade will trap the moisture, smoke, and caramelize the meat.
Timing is Everything
Okay, ‘timing is everything’ might be an overstatement, however, there’s no doubt that patience is darn important. Before placing the meat on the BBQ, ensure that the flames have died down, you should be cooking over grey, glowing coals. These coals provide the hottest and most balanced heat.
The Similkameen BBQ King
If you’re interested in learning more about BBQing, eating fabulous food, and think you’d enjoy an intense, mouthwatering and artful BBQ competition, join us in July for the 2016 ‘Similkameen BBQ King’.
The 7th Annual Similkameen BBQ King event will be held on July 9th from 5 – 9 pm at the historic and beautiful Grist Mill & Gardens in Keremeos. Competing chefs use organic ingredients from local farmers and battle it out for the title of BBQ King. Visit each BBQ station and nibble on delicious barbecue bites, paired with tantalizing Similkameen wines. Once you’re done, cast your vote for the best wine and food pairing, and help crown the Similkameen BBQ King!
Early bird tickets are $80 before June 30, 2016, and $90 afterwards. Tickets for children and youth are also available, so bring the whole family!
Stay at Watermark Beach Resort and make a weekend of it! You can book a ticket for a FREE shuttle, which will take you straight from Osoyoos to the event so you can kick back and enjoy yourself. Hurry! Only a limited number of shuttle seats are available!