Thursday, July 16, 2009
Doing a BBQ is just so much hard work..
Picture the typical BBQ scene straight out from the television: perfectly bbqed chicken wings, no sweat and dirt, a nice warm fire and happy and smiley people.
Somewhat not just there.
As the task of the big brother, i was tasked to organise a BBQ with other dishes for 30 odd people. Trust me, it wasn't as easy as they show on television. Definitely not like the man with his arse kicking five figure gas burning BBQ stove (unless you are like the man).
So to educate all those who have yet to organise a BBQ and thinking of doing one, here are some tips for you.
1. Allocate more than enough food and focus on a few meats; 1.5 chicken wings, 150gm of steak and maybe another 100gm of chicken drumstick/fish, throw in a few sausages while you are it. Then vegetables; aluminium foiled corn cobs, grilled vegetables like eggplant, peppers, zucchini, pumpkin and the green salad, etc.
2. Make sure leave plenty of time to marinate your chicken, massage them and the secret ingredient; whisky. With the beef, minimal is good, olive oil, pepper and salt before it goes on grill. Brush the marinade while it cooks, helps with the flavour too.
3. Ensure good charcoal. Lesson learnt when I bought charcoal that was meant to be specifically for BBQ and it didnt lit. Thank god, my mom still cooks her soup using charcoal and hers worked brilliantly (RM7 for a huge pack vs RM10 for 3kgs of worthless coal). Not sure whether it works, go do a trial run, just in case. You don't want to have 30 hungry fellows looking at you.
4. Get proper sized tongs, if theres one thing, size does matter here. A short one will get you burnt over the heat in no time when you flip the meat.
Other than that, seat down and relax, eat your food with gusto and put marshmallows over a dying fire for dessert.
Oh yeah, dont bother taking photos, you just cant be bothered when you are running around like a headless chicken. Picture above were taken at the start of the BBQ, before all the awesome stuff came out.