You might think you’re a pro when it comes to cracking out the grill and treating your family, friends and neighbours to a barbecued feast. No doubt, you’ve probably had more than your fair share of experience hosting summer cookouts at the caravan.
But have you ever tried using tortilla chips in the absence of firelighters? Or used apple juice to spray on your meat by way of keeping it moist and tender whilst cooking?
Well, lucky for you, there are lots of little life hacks out there to help you get the best out of your caravan cookout. In fact, BuzzFeed and Food-Hacks have plenty of superb tips, some of which we have highlighted below.
So read on and let the grilling begin!
Marinade in a mason jar
If you find yourself frustrated with just how messy it can be to marinade or rub your meat with spices pre-grilling, you’ll love this trick. Instead of fussing with plates and brushes, put your meat, spices, and sauces in a clean, empty jar. Be liberal with the amounts, then pop the lid on and shake. Your meat will be covered, your hands will be (relatively) clean, and your dinner will be delicious!
Vary your tong choices
You will need tongs that have grip, for flipping burgers and serving up food, and you will need tongs for stoking the fire and turning the coals (preferably with insulated handles, so you don’t get burnt). These should not be the same tongs, otherwise you get dust and ash on dinner, and grease will cause flares in the coals. And an extra life hack for good measure: if your barbecue is impromptu and you don’t have tongs, use chopsticks to turn and serve food instead.
Make your grill multipurpose
As good as barbecued everything smells and tastes, it does not appeal to everyone. So, don’t limit your grill to just burgers, sausages and the like. You can cook a fresh, flame-grilled pizza for guests to enjoy, or chargrill fruit kebabs and s’mores for dessert. Put your grill to good use!
Now, these cookout life hacks are all incredibly useful (and, in some cases, a little unusual) to know. First and foremost, you need to ensure you barbecue safely and sensible, especially when outside your caravan. Once you have set everything up safely and securely though, you can get stuck in with the tips and tricks you’ve learnt, and everyone can enjoy a caravan cookout at one of our parks! Bon appetit!