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Weber’s Barbecue Anytime

Over 190 Inspirational Recipes to Help You Get the Most Out of your Barbecue

Jamie Purviance

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While the summer has been pretty awful, the last couple of weeks coming into September seem to have added a touch of an Indian summer as the days get shorter and the light disappears ever so faster in the evenings. And, while there are many a barbecue in back gardens still waiting to be properly fired up for testing a good steak or loin of pork, any last vestige of an opportunity for outdoor summer entertaining is unlikely to be wasted. That is where this end-of-summer treat comes into its own, providing tips on the well-stocked barbecue cupboard, the must-have tools and essential knifes, how best to prepare in advance, the arguments in favour of gas vis-à-vis charcoal, appropriate grilling times, how to check to see if steak is cooked and the various rubs, marinades, and dressings that produce additional flavour. After this introduction on grilling basics, the chapters divide into those on ‘everyday meals in under 30 minutes’; weekend treats, large get-togethers; friends for dinner; barbecuing off-season; and recipes for the adventurous barbecuer. The best of recipes include those for Portobello mushrooms cheeseburgers; hot dogs with bacon and chipotle chilli; garlic sage turkey steaks with cranberry sauce; ginger-honey glazed prawns; steak sandwiches with onion marmalade; Peruvian beef kebabs and sweet corn; foil-wrapped spare ribs; soda can chicken; chilli rubbed pork fillet; and chicken wings with hot honey barbecue sauce. Overall, an entertaining easy-to-follow cookery book with sound advice that anyone wanting to be a barbecue pirate will want on his/her shelf.

 

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