Unusual BBQ ideas
If you’re too impatient to carve a chicken into individual pieces for cooking, but can never get a perfectly even roast out of a whole bird, this trick may be for you.
All you need is a couple of house bricks (if your house is made of the things, hopefully you’ll have some spares lying around – just don’t take any out of the wall!) and some foil to flatten out half a chicken each, thus spreading out its surface area for more even cooking, even if presentation is going to suffer a bit.
Beer can chicken
This isn’t a new trick, having been passed down from bbq cook to bbq cook for generations, but it is an alternative way to make your chicken a bit interesting if you can’t find a brick.
Just insert half a can of the amber fluid into your chicken and position standing up. The heat from the barbeque should theoretically evaporate your beer into steam, infusing your chicken with flavour from the inside. Just don’t show your more sensitive guests how it’s made – not everyone will approve.
You may like bacon. You may have some friends that like bacon. Time to put that love to the test with this hideously over-the-top means of eating more bacon than anyone could ever want.
The pre-cooked, pre-assembled Explosion
The full recipe can be found at bbqaddicts.com, but the short version is weaving together a net of bacon pieces and using it to wrap up a log of mince, cheese, and whatever else you feel like, before barbequing the lot.
The completed Explosion
After just looking at these pictures, you may wish to consult a cardiologist.
“Whoa, cake?” I hear you exclaim, spluttering your Australian-made beer across the room. “I thought this was a barbeque, not a bake-off!”
Calm down. While this notorious internet recipe does call for two layers of meatloaf that would involve oven baking, before covering them in a “frosting” of mashed potato, I reckon you could adapt this recipe to use hamburger patties instead. Sure, the cakes will be smaller and flatter, but everyone will get one of their own!
Plus, cupcakes are very trendy these days – make sure that your barbeque rides the wave of popular culture.
This is cheating a bit, as it’s not quite proper barbequing, but it’s a fun little trick to pull if you plan on travelling to visit the barbeque of your family and friends this long weekend.
Back when we first explored the strange cooking ideas of putting fish in the dishwasher, one of our creative readers gave us this little gem:
“I wrap a steak, butter and a little bit of Cup’o’Soup in tin foil and wire to exhaust manifold…drive at 100km for 20 km and turn….yum.” – Warren
So if you’re heading up the coast or out to the country this long weekend, stick a steak under the car and have something to contribute to the meal when you arrive. Talke about “bring a plate”…