If you are a vegan – cook vegan food. Pizza lover? Make your own and cook them on your barbecue. Meat head? Knock yourself out with low and slow cooked meat. Mad about real bread and baking? It can be done.
Barbecuing is just another way of cooking. Your taste in food shouldn’t change – just how you cook it.
2. When do you start cooking? When you turn on your oven, how long do you wait for it to heat up? 10-15 minutes? It is about the same for a charcoal barbecue: light it up and then wait. Absolutely no difference to your indoor oven. When the flames are gone you start cooking.
3. Why do I always burn my food? Do you burn food in your kitchen? So why on your barbecue? Think about it – use your kitchen sense. Food burns because you are too close to the heat and the temperature is too high. If your food is burning on your cooker – what do you do? Turn the temperature down – on a barbecue that means moving your food further away from the heat either by raising up the grill, using a heat deflector or moving the charcoal away from under your food.
Also, you would never consider cooking in flames on your cooker – so why think it’s a good idea on your barbecue? Charcoal is just a source of heat and flames are the sign that your charcoal isn’t ready yet.
4. How do you cook a whole chicken or meat joint on a barbecue? Again, the same principles as your cooker applies. Your cooker is an oven as well as a stove and so is your barbecue. Stove cooking is all about open lid barbecuing and oven cooking is all about closing the lid and turning your barbecue into a charcoal outdoor oven. So, if you are cooking an oven dish (roast chicken, chicken casserole etc) you need a barbecue with a lid.