The Ultimate Guide To Becoming a Grill Master

Want to become a barbecue pro? Pick up some sizzling tips from DJ BBQ.

DJ BBQ taught the Best Summer Ever cast some mean barbecuing tricks, and now we’re bringing you a slice of his expertise. From choosing the right meat to delicious desserts, he’s about to reveal all his hot tips and burning barbecue secrets…  

So, put on your apron, grab yourself a cocktail, and let’s get cooking!

Make your BBQ foolproof 

Clean your grill using vinegar, a lemon or an onion. Set it up for indirect cooking as well; charcoal on one side and no charcoal on the other – foolproof cooking for cooking things scorching hot (like steak) and just hot for veggies.  

Don’t have a BBQ? Don’t worry! 

You can use a propane tank, oil drum, file cabinet, breeze blocks, upside down wok, shopping trolley… the possibilities are endless! 

Cool off in the heat 

I like to make cocktails when grilling. Grilled pineapple with Malibu and some soda water with a splash of lime is the most refreshing liquid libation known to earth – and the perfect accompaniment to cooking a BBQ. 

Choose the right cut 

Chuck, flank and brisket are great cuts for a tasty burger. As for chicken, thigh meat tastes the best. Steaks are the Holy Grail; go rib eye for the marbling and flavour, although I do love my dad’s marinated flank steak recipe – a bottle of Italian dressing is all it takes!

Meaty secrets

1. Never slow cook a steak 2. Pulled pork and brisket are the best-smoked meats 3. Always get your meat out of the fridge so it's room temperature before you start grilling or smoking!

It’s all about pairing 

Chicken loves hot sauce. I also like to add chilli powder and chilli flakes to my dry rubs. I use a dry rub when cooking Brisket and pork shoulder – usually consisting of salt, pepper, onion granules, garlic granules, and brown sugar. 

Experiment! 

Try Halloumi, then drizzle pomegranate molasses on top. The best thing you can try is Pork filet in a soy sauce, brown sugar, and garlic marinade. I use American mustard as a next level flavour to burgers and ribs, but I put it on at the beginning of the cooking process.

Veggies love live fire!

Courgettes, aubergines, corn and potatoes all taste better cooked on a grill. Try glazing your corn with mango, chilli or coriander butter. Speaking of greens, my hero salad recipe is Romaine lettuce, grilled corn, and strawberries with a tangy dressing.

And for dessert… 

I like to grill fruits like bananas with chocolate and biscuits wrapped in foil. Pears and apples like a good grilling, too.

Anyone can learn how to BBQ

Just give yourself safe zones on the grill just in case things get out of hand. Have fun and do what feels right.

Check out DJ BBQ grilling up a storm with the Best Summer Ever crew in Episode 3!