Top chef shares his tips for grilling meat to perfection

With the warm season upon us, many Australians are firing up the barbecue.

And if you have guests to entertain, making sure everything is cooked through can be a challenging task.

But Australian top chef Shane Delia has shared his cooking tips for cooking meat to perfection this spring – and get the most out of your outdoor grill.

‘Australians love to be outdoors and will use any excuse to fire up the BBQ as soon as the weather warms and the days get longer,’ Shane, who has teamed up with Australian Lamb to share his top tricks, said.

If you’re entertaining guests at a public area such as the beach or park, the owner and head chef at Maha Restaurant and Biggie Smalls said it was best to stick to cooking cuts that are ‘suited to grilling hot and fast’.

‘As [public] BBQs don’t have hoods, stick to… cutlets, forequarter chops, loin chops, lamb mince patties, sausages and kebab,’ he explained.

‘As with all barbecuing, ensure you’re cooking on a very high heat to seal in the juices and create a delicious crust.

‘Do as much prep as possible before you leave for the beach to make your life easier. For lamb kebabs, cut the lamb up and place in a snap lock bag with the marinade so you only need to thread the meat onto the skewers when you’re ready to cook.

‘We’re all for mixing and matching flavours – but when they’re yours. Make sure to clean the BBQ well before and after use, scraping off any material with a spatula and wiping down with a paper towel.

‘For a simple cleanup, place foil or baking paper on the cooking surface before grilling your meat.’

For those who don’t have an outdoor space, Shane said there are plenty of ways to enjoy a barbecue in the comfort of your home.

‘Not all of us have outside space. Don’t have a BBQ? Don’t fear! You can achieve the same great results from your kitchen,’ he explained.

‘By cooking in a pan using a high heat, you’ll trap in the juices and create beautiful searing and caramelisation.

‘If you are using a pan on your stove top, heavy-based cast iron pans work best as they ensure the high heat distributes evenly.

‘This will result in a delicious crust on your meat, similar to what you would get on a BBQ hotplate.’

And if you want to cook a barbecue meal midweek before the sun sets after work, Shane shared some of his quick and easy recipes.

‘With daylight savings, we’ve all gained an hour of evening light, enabling us to still BBQ after work – give lamb mince patties on the BBQ a go or visit your butcher for pre-marinated and butterflied lamb legs to feed the whole family,’ he said.

‘Preparation is key. Pop your desired quick-cook meat cuts into a marinade and place in the fridge in the morning.

‘As soon as you get home from work you can take the meat out and have dinner cooked in no time.’

Originally published by Daily Mail on 3 October 2018. Written by Cindy Tran.