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.

Reality?

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.

27 comments:

Bangsar-bAbE said...

Am I going to get to eat ALL the above soon? ;P

traveleo said...

I feel your pain man!! I absolutely hate BBQ~~ (organising it i mean)...

Prefer a much smaller crowd..

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

traveleo: yeah small crowd is good..

bbabe: of course.. =)

thule a.k.a leo said...

BBQ is a happy and fun affair only when you sit there, do nothing but eat :)
or except... u r Robert Rainford (my fav) who can whip out all those delicious BBQ stuff while enjoying the company and of course.. the BOOZE!!!
Like I said to you before, I will only get a BBQ stove when I finally buy myself a Semi-D
hmmm... family affair only?? how come I am not invited?? Lol...

thenomadGourmand said...

heheh..lookin fwd to Aug! *hint*

Tummythoz said...

This big bro is real capable!

Tummythoz said...

This big bro is real capable!

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CUMI & CIKI said...

yummie.. cant wait la;)

Pureglutton said...

Ya i agree, BBQ can be hard & hot work! I don't mind doing the food preparation (marinating etc) but leave the grilling to others, hehe!

thule a.k.a leo said...

hey, is there something I don't know here???

Allan Yap & Nigel A. Skelchy said...

Practising are we? ;-)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

a&n: of course..haha =)

leo: something in the works =)

pureglutton: haha its usually both or none!

c&c: yeah lor..the grill is waiting..

zurene: thanks for letting me knw

spanker: im not bored..so no thanks =)

tummythoz: got the uncle too!

tng: yes yes..august..

leo: family affair mah..

sc said...

i did BBQ just over the weekend too...and no picture at all..greasy hands and oily faces dont make a good picture :p

xin said...

LOL! thats true. after setting up fire and all, only sweat and dirty hands are available, let alone taking pics of the food. and for me it is, the first round of fire always burns my chicken wings. =/ must wait for the fire to calm down then only can get nice wings

thule a.k.a leo said...

am I in it?? Lol...

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

leo: if u r in kl? that weekend?

xin: exactly!! but we are always so kan cheong with the wings..

sc: i know wat u mean, unless u got full time photographers that nite..

thule a.k.a leo said...

the suspense is really killing me :)
anyway, just spill the beans.. which weekend???

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

leo: let me organise n get back to you..do u have facebook?

thule a.k.a leo said...

add me...
leoboonloong@gmail.com

genuiness said...

I miss BBQs :( especially given that it is summer right now and everyone around is doing BBQs. My apartment doesn't have a garden space... thank God im moving out soon into a house with a space. Maybe next year :)

J2Kfm said...

hahaha... it's fun gathering, IF someone cooks up something to feed the hungry mouths, while waiting for the coal to get hot, the wings to get grilled, etc.

the washing up, the preparation, the grilling, the marinating ....

I'll be the 1st to suggest EAT OUT!

tigerfish said...

ya, I think BBQ is a lot of work too though it sounds easy. ;p

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

tigerfish: definitely

j2kfm: different feel mah.

genuiness: looking fwd to some bbq pics soon?

leo: added..

terri@adailyobsession said...

joe, joe, listen. get a gas grill and u will always organize barbies w/o sweat. we do the marinading night before, watch tv until the guests come then fire up the grill. foo'd done so fast we complain now. n don't listen to those who say gas isn't as good. it doesn't make any diff, n u CAN add wood chips n special coal if u want. trust me. once.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

terri: unfortunately the gas grill cost more than i can afford.. =(