Santa Maria Style BBQ Spatchcock Chicken

Here’s a great way to cook a whole chicken on the BBQ that takes a fraction of the time of roasting in the kitchen oven. It also overcomes the problem of the chicken being such an irregular shape often meaning the breast meat is overcooked by the time the leg … More Santa Maria Style BBQ Spatchcock Chicken

Whole Lamb Shoulder With Babybacks On The Side

  I’m mixing up two different cooking methods with the lamb. First it gets a solid couple of hours on the Big Green Egg set up to cook indirectly at around 140-150C. I started it off with one handful of hickory and maple woodchips to give it a subtle smoky … More Whole Lamb Shoulder With Babybacks On The Side

Half a Lamb In A Wood Fired Pizza Oven

The Pugliese are not huge lovers of lamb. Walk into any local village macelleria (butchers) and the counter will be well stocked with beef, pork, poulty and horse. Oh, they’ll have lamb, but for some reason it’s one of those things you have to ask for with a nod and … More Half a Lamb In A Wood Fired Pizza Oven

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The Perfect Grilled Steak – In Detail!

It goes without saying that step one is to buy the best meat you can find. There are a number of cuts that make for great grilled steak and this is down to personal preference.

I’m cooking a couple of small 28 day dry-aged sirloins this evening. It’s a good balance of flavour and tenderness. There’s a decent amount of marbling in the meat which Continue reading The Perfect Grilled Steak – In Detail!

Jack Daniels & Coke Barbecue Baked Beans

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First of all – sorry about the photo. The beans were half eaten before I’d even fetched my camera so this is a quick camera phone shot.

One of my best friends is a huge JD and Coke fan and I came up with this recipe when she visited recently. I’d cooked bourbon BBQ baked beans before and figured the coke would give it a neat twist. It works really well – the flavours of the JD and Coke just melt down into the background and give terrific depth of flavour. Of course all the alcohol disappears within seconds so perfectly fine for kids too. It’s really quick to prepare and very low maintenance once the cooking process starts.

I cooked these on my BBQ smoker  underneath a few slabs of spare ribs that were slow smoking. Continue reading Jack Daniels & Coke Barbecue Baked Beans

Slow Cooked BBQ Leg Of Lamb With Rosemary & Mustard Crust


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Rosemary & Mustard Crusted Lamb Served

A rare free weekend at home meant I had the chance to roll out the Mac’s ProQ™ Excel 20 and give it the time it deserves with a lovely leg of lamb.

The Excel 20 is very versatile and in addition to being a grill and a smoker, it’s easy to replicate the cooking style of very expensive (and trendy) steam ovens which produce beautifully moist roasts of meat.

Here’s what I did… Continue reading Slow Cooked BBQ Leg Of Lamb With Rosemary & Mustard Crust