Updated: Sep 10, 2019
Now that we’re well into July, BBQ season is definitely here! We’ve been lucky enough to have several weeks of nice weather, and you may be finding your BBQ routine getting a little stale. I mean, you can only eat so many burgers, chicken breast, and grilled veggies.
We were lucky enough to have Nicole from MOD Custom Catering prepare all our meals at our June Summer Solstice weekend, and decided to chat with her to get some tips and tricks for shaking things up!
Flock: What's your favourite summer BBQ recipe?
MOD: BBQ’d Chicken Wings. They are something you can put on the BBQ and forget about for 45 mins (aside from the odd flip and turn!) You can make a variety of sauces and dips, and serve with a seasonal salad or whatever vegetables you may have on hand. A super simple, healthy alternative, that makes you feel like you’re dining at a pub in your own backyard.
Flock: Are there any general rules of thumb to grilling or bbq'ing?
MOD: Yes, having patience! And having patience through every step – pre-heating the grill to the correct temperature and maintaining that heat is most important. Once you have put your items on the grill, resist the temptation again to turn your meat/veggies too soon. Those grill marks take time and are a sign that those sections of the item you are grilling are cooked and ready to turn over. If you try to peel off the items too soon, you lose the grill marks and will likely tear or shred the item you are grilling. Lastly, let it rest! Once your food is fully cooked to the right temperature, transfer it to a plate, cover it with foil, and let all of those perfectly seared juices inside redistribute and replenish your food before cutting or serving.
Flock: Do you have any tools or equipment for summer BBQ's that you couldn't live without?
MOD: I love smoking! With flavoured wood chips or charcoal briquettes that is! It is a simple and easy way to add a depth of flavour. Try it with pork chops, steaks, or grilled mushrooms.
Flock: What's your advice for anyone who's looking to get into BBQ'ing this summer season?
MOD: Don’t be afraid to use it instead of your oven – roasting and bbq’ing are essentially the same thing. Save the extra heat in your house and get outside!
Flock: What's your favourite side to serve in the summer?
MOD: GRILLED CABBAGE! The simplest, cheapest, and most flavourful burnt BBQ bits you will taste! Drizzle with balsamic, dijon and maple syrup – you won’t ever look at cabbage the same!
Our chat with Nicole reminded us to get creative; to not be afraid to switch things up, and to enjoy the opportunity to get outside to cook! We were lucky enough to try some of these delicious recipes at our Summer Solstice Weekend, and I have to say, the grilled cabbage was amazing!!
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