Beginner's guide to a barbecue kit
WITH an array of competitions taking place across Queensland, it's no shock that more people are becoming interested in cooking and barbecuing.
Just to name a few, there's the Meat Meet, Brisbane BBQ Festival, and Kingaroy's own Sunpork Smoke Off at BaconFest.
But before you get started, you might want to get your hands on some cutting-edge materials first.
With the right equipment on hand, it can help with a range of things including improving efficiency, aiding preparation and cooking, as well as presentation.
For a barbecue enthusiast's starter's kit, here are some items you might want to stock up on.
1. Safety gear
From aprons to mesh or silicone gloves, safety is an important part when cooking.
Many home butchers or barbecue enthusiasts deal with knives, open grill flames and more, and therefore should put safety gear as their priority.
If you're unsure of what safety bases to cover, it's always a good idea to go into an apparel store and see what the staff suggest for your task at hand.
Different knife sizes make things easier for different jobs, so you'll want to have a selection to choose from if you plan to cook or prepare a range of meats and recipes.
This comprises of a range of items that will make your life easier, including tongs, roasting racks, sharpening steel, basting brushes, rib racks, grilling baskets, meat thermometers, chopping boards, fire starters and more.
4. Cooking and smoking
To cook a meal well, even the best skills would still need to be paired with a decent equipment.
Whether you use an oven, grill or other appliance, how you cook your meat can make all the difference when then considering how it will taste.
Like when choosing your knives, it's a great idea to either scope out recipe books that explain what cooking method to use and why or talk to a local store about what appliances would be best to use.
Depending on how long you want to preserve the meal, either before it's cooked or after, you will want to stock up on some different materials to do the job.
This includes food containers, freezer bags and freezers or coolers in general.
Coolers are especially important at barbecue events to keep the produce fresh on your travels.
6. Recipe books
The best way to grow your skills is to learn on the job, but that doesn't mean you should have no guidance.
Recipe books are a great way to learn about different ingredients and spices, as well as general cooking tips and tricks from professionals.
Once you've been able to follow a few recipes, then it's your turn to get creative and find your own craft in cooking.