Benefits of BBQ Cooking
The art of barbecuing is embedded in Aussie culture with thousands spending their weekends outdoors around one with friends and family, cooking up delicious food. Cooking on a BBQ offers something different than being stuck in a kitchen and surprisingly comes with a range of benefits. Here are some of the added bonuses you get when you choose the BBQ and alfresco cooking.
When it comes to flavour, what you get on a BBQ, you tend not to get anywhere else. Intense heat and flames will cook your food differently than it would on a stovetop or in the oven, even if you use liquid smoke. They caramelise the surface while keeping juices in, giving a different taste and texture. If you choose to use a charcoal or woodfired grill, then you also get those tasty, natural smoky flavours. Certain woods will create different distinctive flavours too, like hickory or mesquite. You can grill using very little ingredients and still get flavour coming through.
The food you cook on a grill is not only tasty, but it’s often healthier versions of dishes you would cook in a pan. Food tends to retain its nutrients on the BBQ better than on a pan or in the oven. Essential nutrients like riboflavin and thiamine are better preserved in grilled meats. The same goes for grilled vegetables, where vitamins and minerals are better kept by grilling rather than any other cooking method, especially with those with low water content like broccoli and asparagus.
When cooking meats in a pan, it may release some fat, but it just sits in the juices since it can’t go anywhere, and the meat ends up absorbing it up again. On a grill, fats drip off, but keeps juices in, leaving you with a succulent piece of meat that is healthier to eat. Just remember to clean off that excess fat after using your BBQ.
No Butter or Oil is Needed
You won’t need to put on any added butter or oils when cooking alfresco. Many people use this to keep the food from sticking to the pan for easier cooking and for flavour, but that is unnecessary when you have a BBQ. This means you’re not needing to put any unnecessary fats into your body!
It’s a Sociable Activity
Cooking on a BBQ means you can be in the midst of socialising whilst cooking. You won’t be hidden away in the kitchen while the party continues outside without you. Instead, you get to enjoy your company and show off your cooking skills at the same time.
There is an Endless Number of Recipes Available
While many people think BBQ cooking is about throwing meat and veg on the grill, it can be so much more adventurous than that. Most meals that can be cooked indoors can also be cooked outdoors but adding twists to make it suitable for alfresco cooking. Whether you’re looking to cook something very quickly or want to provide a huge gourmet banquet, there are plenty of BBQ recipes available.
You can get all these great benefits and more when you have a great BBQ to match, which is why Brisbane Appliances only supply high-quality BBQs that can be enjoyed for years to come. We offer both freestanding and built-in BBQs that will help you create the alfresco dining area you have dreamed about. Ready to fire up your own grill and serve up some tasty dishes? Then take a look at Brisbane Appliance’s BBQs and other kitchen appliances that will help you fall in love with cooking.