Gas BBQ

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  1. reflexboy

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    So I have just bought my first gas bbq-fantastic-All three meals today will be cooked on it. Eggs and bacon on the griddle for brekky, chicken and pork skewer kebabs for lunch and the steak and sausages will be going on shortly:D for my dinner:bannana:
    The bbq did not come with any ceramic briquettes or lava rock/penroc-the guy in the bbq shop says they do nothing for the flavour or cooking. However, looking into it, I have read it enhances the flavour. Anyone have experience of this? At the moment it cooks just fine with the grids with the burners below covered by a wiggly metal thing. Is there anything to be gained by using lava or should I not bother?
     
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    Excuse my ignorance, but how different is the food compared to using conventional grill/oven?
     
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    And how differnent is the whole BBQ experience - surely a BBQ is not a BBQ unless it involves lighter fuel, charcol and a certain amount of faith.

    Real men use charcol:devil: :D
     
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    The lava rock acts as a heat reservoir, i.e., the flames heat up the rocks and give a constant heat across the whole grill area.

    They also allow the fat to drip onto them and give the char grilled taste as it burns and smokes. Without the rocks you are more likely just to burn everything black and get the charcoal taste instead.

    Thats my theory after countless barbeques on a gas grill, but none have been conducted in a sober state so others may disagree.

    Russ
     
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    The best BBQ in my opinion is done using 'Hardwood' charcoal, difficult to find and not very environmentaly friendly but you will notice the difference. Cook SLOWLY, marinade the food and throw some pre soaked hickory wood on the coals
    If it doesnt involve an intoxicated man, charcoal, fuel and a blowtorch...its just an outdoor grill. :)
     
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    Thats another good point, without the lava rock, you cannot put pre soaked hickory or rosemary leaves etc on the BBQ, you'd be as well using a bunsen burner.

    Russ
     
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    Really wish I could BBQ better (charcoal).

    Any good HOWTOs anyone?
     
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    Pile of coals, some news paper mixed in, drench with BBQ lighter fuel, light and walk away for 20 mins. Eventually grow tired of other half casting doubt on your BBQ lighting ability and threatening to warm the oven up. Return to find you can't get with 5 ft of the thing with shorts on, return (again) equipped with aporn and heavy duty gloves. Arrange coals nicely, leave for another 10mins to cool a bit, then start cooking.
     
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    Don't cook until coals are grey. Have a spray bottle of water handy for cooling down a bonfire - it means it's too hot to cook on and the outside will BURN while the inside maintains a pulse :crazy:
     
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    Paid over £700 for my oven; I ain't gonna leave it standing lonely in the kitchen while I burn my fingers and eat charcoal outside :D
     
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