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June 24, 2017
All Fired Up for a BBQ!

Yes! Yes! I admit it! I’m all fired up for summery BBQ nights with friends! I love to bbq any day without having to wait for a special occasion! Every chance I get I visit my friend Andrianopoulo, to choose the best quality meats and prep my bbq so it can be ready to host wonderful bbq parties. Of course I’m a mean cooking machine when it comes to bbq’s since my grilling cannot compare to anyone else’s! Why? Because I follow some very basic steps that ensure my grilling is perfect! ;-)

What are these steps you may ask? I’ll tell you! But only because friends should always share these very important secrets with one another! I’ll even walk you through some superb recipes…. And you know what? If you make them exactly as I tell you… you will become mean cooking machines as well! So what do you say? Want to get fired up?

Tip No. 1: Don’t be afraid of grilling! Some people may have complicated ways of grilling, especially in the past, they would not just set up a bbq but they would dig in the ground and build them! Luckily we have all the means to do all of the work without even really breaking a sweat! As long as the bbq is suited to our “style” (classic, electric or gas) and we are rested and ready!

Once you have chosen the best quality meat, next up is the marinade which will really boost the flavor of the food to new heights! This is a step which can absolutely NOT be overlooked or skipped. It is the ace up your sleeve! No one can see it but everyone can taste it! I have some great ideas so that you can get a little taste of what I’m talking about!

Poultry Brine

Slow Roasted Picanha with Roasted Potatoes

Pork Souvlaki

Beef Souvlaki

Chicken Souvlaki

Pork Souvlaki with Bell Peppers

Sirloin Steaks with Vegetables and Parsley Pesto Sauce

Salt Marinated Pancetta and Baked Potato Salad

You are now ready to grill! The proper preparation has to be done in order to ensure great grilling: A clean grill, oiling and making sure the grill is nice and hot. If you are grilling on a classic bbq with coals, you should prefer oak with a few vines underneath to help it along. You should also make sure the meat is at room temperature before being placed on the grill.

Now! While grilling:

  • Don’t ever add the meat to the grill if the fire hasn’t “settled down” and if the coals have not taken on a dusty grey color on top.
  • Make sure that the very large pieces of meat are as far away from the fire as possible so that they can cook slowly and not burn (since they will need much more time it is best to place them on the grill nice and early…).
  • Do you want to add some aromatics? You should do this after the meats are grilled and not while they are cooking. This way you will avoid burning them and passing on the bitter flavor to the meat…
  • Do not pierce the meat while they are cooking. If you do this they will lose their juices and dry out.
  • Grilling burgers? Make sure you have a good spatula to turn them over (a pair of tongs may break them up..).
  • Do not use the grill for your vegetables. The coal embers can do just as good a job, if not better! Wrap them up in some aluminum foil and “submerge” them into the embers.
  • Don’t monopolize the grill! Everyone can lend a hand and take part in the fun of bbq-ing! They can add a piece of meat on the grill, remove one or pinch on all the goodies. The food you “work” for tastes even better!
  • To finish, after all the meats are done, allow them to rest for a bit so they can be even juicier.

If you happen to be grilling in the oven, add the rich full taste of the BBQ by adding a great BBQ sauce you made all on your own!

You can even transform a grilled sandwich!

Grilled Sandwich with Spicyt Chicken and BBQ Fig Sauce

What about the side dishes? You can’t turn your back on those! Warm Greek Pita Bread, Greek Tzatziki Sauce and a special Grilled Iceberg Salad! They all have to be on your list!

Now that you know about all the secrets of grilling you can call up your friends and arrange a date and time for an amazing bbq! Oh! And don’t forget! Someone needs to bring the beer and refreshments! ;-)

Akis

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