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Dave Hack

Posted by Marshall Ruda on December 14, 2017

Dave’s Bloody Brilliant Barbecue Hacks

Bookmark this page to make sure you have a copy of these banging barbecue hacks that will help your next barbecue run more smoothly, and taste PHENOMENAL!

Use a jar to make a mess-free barbecue rub

Avoid sticky fingers when rubbing down meat by putting it, along with your dry spices, in a jar then shake, shake, shake it like a polaroid picture until coated.

Avoid sticky fingers when rubbing down meat by putting it, along with your dry spices, in a jar then shake, shake, shake it like a polaroid picture until coated. For something quick and tasty, try using one of our dry rubs, check out our range here.

Throw a handful of aromatic herbs on the barbecue

Like rosemary, sage or thyme. It'll give your food a smokey, herby flavour and make the air smell heavenly.

Like rosemary, sage or thyme. It’ll give your food a smokey, herby flavour and make the air smell heavenly.

If you’re serious about barbecuing invest in a chimney starter

You light the coal in it, then pour it on to your barbecue. This means you can start your grill with evenly lit coals and no barbecue fluid, smoke or other chemical nasties to contaminate your food.

You light the coal in it, then pour it on to your barbecue. This means you can start your grill with evenly lit coals and no barbecue fluid, smoke or other chemicals. Check out our Weber chimney starter here.

Make smoked lemonade for a delicious twist on a classic barbecue drink

…Make smoked lemonade. Slice a few lemons and lightly roast them on the grill. You can use these lemons in a traditional lemonade recipe to give it a smokey, grown-up flavour. Or to juice and serve with a smokey-flavoured liquor.

Slice a few lemons and lightly roast them on the grill. You can use these lemons in a traditional lemonade recipe to give it a smokey, grown-up flavour. Or to juice and serve with a smokey-flavoured liquor.

Use rosemary springs to make kebabs

Thread pieces of meat and veg on rosemary sticks instead of wooden cocktail skewers - the bubbling meat juices will help infuse the meat with the rosemary's flavour.You can cook fruit kebabs on cinnamon sticks.

Thread pieces of meat and veg on rosemary sticks instead of wooden cocktail skewers – the bubbling meat juices will help infuse the meat with the rosemary’s flavour.

You can cook fruit kebabs on cinnamon sticks.

If you want your barbecue to look pretty remember ’10 & 2′

That's the perfect formula to get those photogenic criss-cross marks on your meat slabs. Think of your grill as a clock. Angle the meat so that it is pointing towards 10 o'clock. Cook halfway through. Then turn it, don't flip it yet, so that it's pointing to 2 o'clock.Flip and repeat for the other side.

 

That’s the perfect formula to get those photogenic criss-cross marks on your meat slabs. Think of your grill as a clock. Angle the meat so that it is pointing towards 10 o’clock. Cook halfway through. Then turn it, don’t flip it yet, so that it’s pointing to 2 o’clock.Flip and repeat for the other side.

Spray your meat with a squirt bottle full of apple juice as it cooks

It will keep your meat moist, tender and give it an extra flavour kick. Works particularly well with pork.

It will keep your meat moist, tender and give it an extra flavour kick. Works particularly well with pork.

 For an extra moist burger add ice

Make a thumb print in your burger and add an ice chip for an extra juicy burger.

Make a thumb print in in the centre of your burger patty and add an ice chip for an extra juicy burger.

Add some zing to your barbecue go with a bang with some jalapeno poppers

Hollow out a large jalapeno, stuff with cream cheese, wrap with bacon then grill.

 

Hollow out large jalapeno peppers, stuff with cream cheese, wrap with bacon then grill.

Infuse fish with delicious citrus flavour and prevent it from sticking to the grill using lemons! 

Lay it on a bed of lemon or lime slices first. This will give the fish a citrus tang too.

Lay it on a bed of lemon or lime slices first. This will give the fish a citrus tang too.