Tips for the perfect summer BBQ
Take your barbecue to the next level with spice rubs, woodchips and the secret to tender juicy meat.
The summer backyard barbecue is a timeless ritual that’s part of our national identity. It doesn’t need to be a special day - any excuse will do - and we’re outside standing over a hot grill, with friends and family around. Blowflies, mosquitos, pets and the odd argument about sport or politics are all part of the fun.
But the truth is some of us are winging it, serving our guests half-cooked sausages and overcooked meat with a refreshing beverage to wash it down.
Fortunately, all it takes is a few tweaks in technique for you to nail your summer barbecue. Before you know it, you’ll be experimenting with smoking and woodchips, and impressing everyone with your perfectly cooked steak, fall-apart brisket, ultimate sausages and spicy chicken kebabs. You can even look after the comfort of your guests by finding out the best ways to get rid of mosquitoes.
First up, it's important to check all your gas connections and fittings, especially if you haven't used your gas barbecue for awhile. If you upgrade to a permanently installed or in-built gas barbecue, often as part of outdoor kitchen, you'll need a licensed gas fitter. RACV Trades has licensed plumbers who can install and repair gas lines for barbecues.
RACV chefs advise that the key element to a perfect barbecue is how long you rest the meat, chicken or fish after cooking. Follow the tips and tricks below to make your next barbecue a sizzling sensation.