"Thereís nothing more enjoyable than having friends and family gathered around amidst wonderful smells of charcoal-grilled prawns, vegetables and selected favorites. Barbecuing is one of those time- honored rituals that go hand in hand with summertime. Whether youíre in your backyard or at youíre favorite camping site, barbecuing is a pleasure to be enjoyed by whole family."
Barbecuing has never been more exciting; with endless designs of barbecues available and myriad of barbecue cookbooks and cooking shows it really does take barbecuing into a whole new realm. With recipes for everything from grilled bananas to peaches and dry rubs for ribs, barbecues arenít just for cooking steaks and burgers anymore. With all available barbecuing options it helps to know a few of barbecuing terms and barbecuing utensils that are used.
Firstly, barbecues come in a wide variety of options; there are propane, natural gas and standard barbecues for use with charcoal. Barbecues can come with range style one, two and four burner options along with rotisseries. There are even barbecues that have coolers built right into bottom! Barbecuing has never been quite so convenient.
When youíre using your barbecue it really helps to have right utensils and barbeque accessories, this will make your barbecuing experience easier and more enjoyable. Long handled tongs, basting brushes and spatulas are quite helpful. Heavy-duty oven mitts can also be useful. Of course you donít want to forget proper wire brushes and scrubbers (crumpled foil even works well) to remove build-up, keeping your grill racks clean.
Foods that are tender such as fish, vegetables and some burgers can benefit from cooking in a special grill basket (this way you arenít loosing any of your meal into barbecue). There are also special racks available to be used with corn, potatoes, ribs and meat.
An excellent barbecue accessory is grill wok, with this you can make youíre favorite stir fries and vegetable dishes; wok has small holes throughout that allow heat and smoke to penetrate food. Another great grill accessory is grill pizza tray used mostly for grilled pizza. Other grill accessories include; grill topper used for fish and vegetables providing an even cooking surface, which prevents foods from falling through grill rack; you can never have too many skewers in assorted lengths which can be used with a skewer rack for grilling your favorite marinated vegetables and meats; smoker boxes for gas grills filled with soaked wood chips add a wonderful smoked flavor to foods. Lastly foil packets are available or simple tin foil to wrap foods, just remember that you may be sacrificing grill and smoke flavors when foods are wrapped tightly.
After you have utensils and proper grilling accessories needed for youíre barbeque experience youíll want to familiarize yourself on different types of grilling processes and terms to find ones that work best for you and to know exactly what has to be done. To start, basting is probably most familiar of barbecuing terms, a simple brushing with a seasoned liquid adding both flavor and moisture to your food. A brochette is just French for a kabob, or simply food cooked on a skewer. A glaze is a glossy, flavorful coating on food as it cooks as a result of regular basting.