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James Martin’s Brilliant Barbecue Guide

From his favourite marinade to an unusual fruit you've probably never barbecued...

By Asda Good Living, 08 June 2016
James Martin’s Brilliant Barbecue Guide

Across the country, BBQs are being dusted down, coals are being lit and fingers are being crossed that the great British summer won't let us down. We want to help you have your tastiest barbie ever, so have called on Asda's James Martin to make sure your grilling is great.

The key to cooking anything on a BBQ is the thickness; if it's too thick you should cook it in the oven first and just finish it on the BBQ

Safety First

The last thing you want is for your guests to suffer a jippy tummy after leaving your party. Meat particularly needs to be cooked appropriately. 'The key to cooking anything on a BBQ is the thickness; if it's too thick you should cook it in the oven first and just finish it on the BBQ,' recommends James. With this principle you really can think big: 'I would do a whole leg of lamb, start it in the oven and finish it on the BBQ so you get that char-grilled flavour.'

Stop the Burn!

And stop all food getting burnt on the outside while still cold on the inside with a simple spray bottle filled with water. 'I always have a spray, as the key to it is not to have too much flame,' says James. 'If the BBQ starts to flame up you need to use a bit of water from the spray to control it.' 

Magical Marinade

James' favourite BBQ marinade couldn't be easier, comprising just three store cupboard favourites. 'Maple syrup, curry powder and white wine vinegar/lemon juice,' reveals James. 'That's it, mix it all together and put chicken pieces in a bag with it, shake it and just leave it in the fridge for 20mins or overnight before barbecuing. The maple syrup goes sticky and it's ace.'

Simple Surprise

While the usual BBQ suspects like burgers and sausages are always a hit, give your guests something to really remember with James' favourite BBQ surprise. 'If you cook watermelon it's amazing,' says James. 'BBQ in chunks or pan fry it in butter with a pinch of salt to serve with tuna or chicken. Shut your eyes, taste it – it tastes just like fois gras.'

Keep It Clean!

No-one likes being the one left to scrub the BBQ but it needs to be clean to stay safe. James has a sneaky hint which will give you more time for another beer rather than labouring over a filthy grill. 'Stick it in the dishwasher! The heat of it will burn most of it off anyway then a quick scrape and into the dishwasher.'