Like many Brits today we had an impromptu BBQ to make the most of the sunshine we were due.
I decided yesterday when the guy I was working for said that they were having one due to the forecast - the seed had been sown! I phoned up some friends to see if they wanted to come over. They were all keen - but Justin asked the fatal question - "Do you want me to bring anything?"
"Er... A barbecue maybe." was my reply.
Ours had cooked it's last meal back in the summer. It had become so rusty and wobbly that the slightest movement on the grill meant it would lurch about like a drunk man making you fear for the safety of your meat!
In the end he brought two barbecues with him and we set ourselves up a little "toddler proof" area to cook in.
|The "mans" area behind the mesh! No toddlers aloud!|
The second, smaller, barbecue was his idea, it was to smoke a whole chicken. filled with white hot coals and then layered with massive amounts of rosemary and bay leaves, the lid was placed back on and the chicken smoked away happily for two hours.
|Smoked chicken - it was good!|
When we got it out the meat was beautifully juicy and the skin tasted amazing, we'll be smoking food again that's for sure.
We slowly cooked and ate all afternoon and had a really nice lazy day with the children running around and having fun.
Having this barbecue has made me really determined to cook outside more this year and I want to build myself a really good cooking area and grill.
Has anyone got themselves a good cooking and eating area outside? The Americans seem to be kings of this and whenever I google it I'm always amazed at what they come up with.