When it comes to finding delicious BBQ food in the city, we’re spoilt for choice. Manchester has a thriving BBQ restaurant scene, with the likes of Reds True Barbecue and Manchester Smokehouse just a stone’s throw from Axis and Manhattan.
However, there’s nothing better than firing up the WhatsApp group chat and heading out to your nearest open space with your mates and a disposable cookout in hand.
Avoid burnt bangers and cremated burgers… We’re here to talk technique with our top tips to make you the ultimate BBQ boss. What to cook and how to cook it – it’s time to up your grilling game.
Find the BBQ that’s right for YOU
It’s not just the rain that can ruin a BBQ. Different meats need to be cooked in different ways – so make sure you pick the right method. If you’re using a disposable BBQ, then stick to thin cuts like steaks, burgers or haloumi. That way, you’ll make sure the meat gets cooked all the way through without getting burnt. Anything thicker, like a chicken drumstick, will need to be cooked slower off the direct heat in a kettle-style BBQ.
Marinades to savour
Sometimes all you need is a bit of salt and pepper to season a stunning steak – but there are loads of flavours you can add to meats and vegetables. Lemon, garlic and herbs go brilliantly with chicken and fish, whilst chilli and paprika give a welcomed kick to haloumi and vegetables.
Keep it safe!
No one wants to be responsible for wiping out the whole squad with a bout of food poisoning! So, make sure you keep all your meat in the fridge or a well-chilled cool box. Don’t just guess if a piece of meat is cooked – a meat thermometer will tell you exactly when you’ve reached juicy perfection. You can pick one up for under a tenner and we guarantee it’ll leave a (grill) mark on your cooking.
Looking for a quick and easy pudding to end your meal? Wrap bananas in tin foil with a few chocolate buttons and a splash of your favourite tipple, and throw them onto the dying embers of the coals. Or why not toast big marshmallows and sandwich them between a pair of biscuits for some very moreish s’mores!
Summer city living never tasted so good! Our luxury city centre apartments are perfectly placed as a place to plan your next BBQ. Head out, dip back in, resupply and host the afterparty. Contact our team to arrange a viewing.