Australia is definitely a nation who loves their barbie (barbecuing) especially on weekends and special occasions, it’s part of our culture :) I worked in a team of all middle aged men (I hope none of them are reading this blog post haha) and it’s become a habit for them to come to work on Monday and discuss their success or failure stories on the weber over the weekend. I usually just smile and secretly roll my eyes. I’ve never understood how it all works…because it always took us more than an hour to light the BBQ briquettes.
That’s why when Heatbeads® asked if I would like to try their new Chimney booster, which can light the BBQ fuel in 12 minutes I was very intrigued how it all works! Headbeads® was very generous and sent me a brand new Weber kettle which you can find in most hardware stores. They also sent me a Headbeads® Chimney, the new Chimney Booster, BBQ briquettes, firelighters and everything else I needed to create a recipe.
I never thought I would get excited over a new Weber but it was so shiny and it was quite entertaining watching Mr Bao build it. Cupcake kept stealing the nails and parts and we had to chase after him, such a naughty puppy!
Anyhow, moving onto using the new chimney and chimney booster, I had my usual helpers Mr Bao and our ever so eager puppy Cupcake who just walked around and sniffed everything. But I still needed some professional help, because I honestly don’t know what to make on a weber, so I recruited my manager AKA Annoying Uncle to help me :) He did a great job explaining to me how the Chimney and also the Chimney booster works and recipe ideas that were quick and easy.
I have to rub this photo in his face, because he showed and lent me his very very rusty looking chimney so I wanted to show off my spanking new one!
I’m going to send you to the Heatbeads® website for more information about there new Chimney Booster and how it works. But I’ll try and give you a simple explanation here, the chimney starter is used to light the BBQ Briquettes quicker and because the air circulates inside. Generally, that takes about half an hour to light them. However, the Chimney Booster has batteries and accelerates as airflow is being directed up the chimney from the Booster to heat the BBQ Fuel quicker.
As you can see it’s quite easy to use, just light the firelighters, place the chimney full of Heatbeads® over it and let it works it’s magic! I was really impressed at how quickly the BBQ briquettes became ashes all over which Annoying Uncle said it means they’re ready to be used.
The first recipe I tried was a super simple grilled Kingprawns, so it required direct heat. So we plead the BBQ briquettes, into the baskets and into the middle of the weber. We then placed the grill over and waited for the king prawns to cook about 4-6 minutes one each side depending on the size of the prawn.
Once cooked and they’ve turned a gorgeous orange colour, sprinkle with salt and pepper, parsley and lemon. We also paired it with a simple mango salad :) They were so easy and quick to make and kept Mr Bao very happy! I didn’t write a recipe because it was so simple I’m sure you’ll be able to it too, however, if you want a recipe leave me a comment or shoot me an email!
Next up is the quick and spicy BBQ Chicken wings, it only takes about 35-40 minutes to cook on the weber, which is still pretty quick given that you brine it at least 4 hours or even overnight. The spicy flavour also comes from the dry spice mix that is rubbed onto the chicken before being cooked.
Recipe – Quick & Spicy BBQ Chicken adapted from DJ BBQ
Preparation Time: 1 hour plus 4-more brining
4 Chicken Thighs*
4 Chicken Drumsticks*
For the Brine:
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 teaspoon onion granules
2 teaspoons garlic granules
4 tablespoons sea salt
1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
375ml water plus 250ml cold water
For the spicy rub:
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon sea salt
1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon onion granules
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon of chilli powder*
– Annoying Uncle advised not to use chicken breasts as it will dry out too quickly so stick with thighs, drumsticks and perhaps wings
– I like my chicken really spicy so that’s why I used one tablespoon, if you’re feeding the little ones or those who can’t take chilli, perhaps reduce the amount to 1 teaspoon
1) Make the spicy rub first, mix all ingredients into bowl and set aside, you can do this well in advance as the mixture will stay fresh in an airtight container in the fridge.
2) Now move onto the making the brine, in a large saucepan heat up 375ml of water, store in all the other ingredients and stir until the salt and sugar dissolves. Turn off the heat and pour the liquid into a heatproof bowl and stir in 250ml of cold water and set aside. Once cool enough place into the refrigerator for an hour before adding the chicken into the brine and return to the fridge for 4 or even overnight.
3) When its time to cook, drain the chicken and discards the brine, remember to pat the chicken dry and let them return to room temperature before cooking.
4) Rub the spicy mix all over the chicken and place it over the weber using an indirect heat method, where the BBQ Briquettes are placed on each side.
5) Cover weber with the lid and cook for 35-40 minutes, turning every 10 minutes. Remember to check whether chicken has cooked through before eating, poke the thigh to check if the juice runs clear it is cooked and ready.
We had a run around the garden with Cupcake and within no time the chicken were ready. I accidentally burnt the skin of a few of the drumsticks but I promise it was still moist and succulent inside :D
Last thing we made that night were these Sticky Pork Ribs, they were another easy recipe simple marinate them over night and cook them on the weber. It takes about 45-50 minutes or even longer depending on the thickness of the ribs.
Recipe – Sticky Pork Ribs adapted Taste.com.au
Serves: 6 people
Preparation time: 1hour please marinating
2.4kg Pork ribs racks (American Ribs)
For the marinate
125ml (1/2 cup) beer
80g (1/2 cup lightly packed) brown sugar
60ml (1/4 cup) Worcestershire sauce
120ml Golden Syrup
1 tablespoon mustard powder
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
Few drops red Tabasco pepper sauces
1) Combine beer, sugar, Worcestershire sauce, golden syrup, mustard powder, paprika and tabasco in a bowl, add pork ribs and coat all over. Cover and place in the fridge for 4 hours or overnight to marinate.
2) When ready to cook, drain the ribs and put the marinade a side. Poor marinade into a saucepan and place over low heat and simmer until mixture thickens.
3) Oil the grill or hot plate well, cook the ribs making sure you turn and bast very often to avoid it from drying out or burning (every 5 to 10 minutes). Cook through and until its sticky and golden, now enjoy!
Overall, we had so much fun playing with our new BBQ toys and I can finally understand a little more why the guys at work are so obsessed with barbecuing and also their chimney. With the Chimney booster it really cuts the time of lighting the BBQ briquettes by a lot which is great as I am a very impatient person and get hangry (hungry x angry) all the time! Now I can’t wait to show off to all my colleagues what I’ve made and make them jealous of my new Chimney booster!
For more information on Headbeads® product visit their website :)
Daisy@Nevertoosweet received the BBQ Set as a gift from Headbeads® and Keepleft PR