Are You Prepared for a BBQ?

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Are You Ready for a BBQ?


The secret to great results is great preparation.  Nothing could be truer for barbequing.  Often, the preparation for a great outdoor dining experience in the evening starts in the morning or even the day before. So, whether you have a Weber Q bbq of Weber Charcoal, check out the following tips to make your life easier.

The easiest rule to stick to is that beef needs to be brought to room temperature before being put on the grill.  Take it out of the fridge 30-60 minutes prior to placing it on the BBQ.  I marinate steak in the fridge the day before grilling in soy sauce and garlic salt.  Upon rising the next day, I take the marinating meat out of the fridge and let it sit on the bench.  Not in direct sunlight and I don’t do this in Summer.

What makes meat so tender that is cooked when it is at room temperature?  The relaxation of the meat fibres.  Yes, it’s true!  When the fibres are cold they repel their own moisture.  This is why it is also essential to rest your meat under foil.  It allows the juices to flow back into the grain and cook through a little more.  This applies to beef only.

It becomes a little trickier with different sources of meat.  You must keep chicken and pork in the fridge until the time of grilling.

So, the key is to have a plan.  Take your beef out at the beginning of your cooking adventure.  Let it sit while you prep the grill and get the side dishes and veggies sorted.  When you’re ready to start grilling, take the chicken and/or pork from the fridge.  Season the meats to your liking and begin the grill!

A little-known fact is that all meats need to rest, not just the beef.  If it all becomes a little too much at the end of the cooking process, the rule of thumb is that it is safe to rest any meat, white or red for at least 10 minutes under foil.  This will eliminate any dryness that may occur.

Obviously, no one wants a labour intensive process.  You want the outdoor cooking experience to be a pleasure, not a chore.

weber recipe thai beef salad
2 step pork chop
salmon with thai cucumber thai relish

Looking for some inspiration?


You can create an entire Weber inspired meal simply by choosing which category you would like to cook from.  You will even impress your vegetarian friends.  The cuisines include:

  • Beef
  • Lamb
  • Poultry
  • Pork
  • Seafood
  • Vegetables
  • Desserts
  • Salads


What does the difficulty rating mean?


When you choose a Weber recipe it will include a difficulty rating.

Easy                           means anyone from a first timer to a well-seasoned cook can achieve great results

Intermediate           means there might be some extra attention the dish needs or time spent preparing

Difficult                     means you need to know your Weber really well and be confident in your capabilities


How do I know which Weber I can cook them on?


Again, Weber has made their recipes really user-friendly.  Each recipe will tell you which Weber the dish can be cooked on.

So start having fun with your Weber, go to ……. Choose some recipes and have a go.  Get the kids involved, let them pick a cuisine and a recipe and make the outdoor cooking experience one the whole family enjoys.




There are many different foods and flavours these days.  We are now a global community and food is no exception.  There are so many different cuisines to choose from.  They all seem to have a foundation and origin for which they are known.  The Italians have pasta, the Greeks have slow cooked meat, the Chinese have all their beautiful spices and sauces.  The list goes on and doesn’t look like stopping anytime soon.  How can we narrow it down?  Why not use the Weber recipe guide?

Weber has a wide selection of dishes and cuisines and is adding to them all the time.  It can even tell you if the recipes are for the beginner or the seasoned cook.  The methods and ingredients instructions are very clear and concise.  The pictures will give you a great indication of what you can expect when your dish is complete.  You will find yourself giving dishes a go because of the ease of the guide.

Weber also has an extensive bbq accessory range.  They are purpose-built for the safety and enjoyment of the Weber cooking community.  There are specific roasting dishes which maximise space according to the BBQ you have.  Pizza stones, thermometers, drip trays, gloves, griddles, rotisseries, side tables, gas gauges, handle lights and much more.  All of which are designed to enhance your cooking experience.

Weber has a fabulous charcoal cooker known as the Weber Kettle.  It is portable and easy to use.  Weber also supplies all the accessories to complement cooking with the Kettle, including different flavoured smoking chips.  Charcoal cooking is a real art and easy to master with the easy cooking guide you receive when buying the Weber Kettle.

All the wonderful Weber recipes and accessories are available to view and purchase on the John Alan website