Most BBQs will come equipped with a hood which is great for rotisserie or roasting but for anything other than this, its best to remove. When the hood is left on and slid down, smoke and vapours have a good way of returning back into the cooks face causing eye irritation and unwanted heat. If you remove the hood entirely, the smoke ventilates more efficiently rather than bouncing back into your face.
BBQ Vaporizers and Tamers
Most people get this wrong with BBQ Tamers and tend to believe that putting the Tamer down with the divets recessed is the correct way when in fact installing with the divets facing up so the moon shape is raised towards you is the correct way. Unless though your model recommends Flame Tamer Ceramics, then follow your BBQ manual. Otherwise what happens, is the fats get trapped in the tamer divets / recess and can catch fire.
BBQ Fat Trays
This one is a classic dispute. So do you put cat litter or fat absorbent materials on the tray. Well interestingly same concept. Once you add a fat absorbent or cat litter, the excess fats fall from the grills and plates onto these materials and clump which in return can catch fire, smoke and also promote rusting on your BBQs tray and frames. For example, Everdure BBQs do not recommend using Fat Absorbent Materials or Cat Litter for this very same reason.
We suggest in using Alfoil on your tray with a couple of layers. But make sure you don't put Alfoil in your Kettles or Weber BabyQs. These are different. They both use foil Drip Trays.
Before Each Use
Make sure you have enough gas remaining in the cylinder before your next BBQ session and check a day before. Nothing more embarrassing than cooking up a storm to run out of juice and wonder why your meat still looks like its come fresh from the butcher. Think ahead folks!
Should I put oil on after each use
To promote a clean surface, wipe clean each grill and plate and rub in some oil, this will prolong your surfaces and eliminate rust. A good oil to consider is olive oil or canola oil, but most oils will do as long as its not for your motor vehicle. Might want to leave those oils for the vehicle.
Should I turn the BBQ off at the cylinder or off at the BBQ knobbs
Its best to turn off the BBQ at the cylinder vs at the knobbs. Reason being, when you turn off from the cylinder you'll bleed the line of fuel first instead of burning the hose or line of gas. So its safer to turn off at the cylinder.
Should I open the gas cylinder valve all the way or partially
If you have a BBQ fire and need to turn off the fuel supply, having completely open means one thing, you have more turns to turn off which means more risk for danger. So crack the cylinder a turn and leave it. So if your BBQ goes belly up, you have less time and more time to extinguish.
How many people don't have a fire extinguisher handy
We say 99% of people don't have a fire extinguisher handy in the event of a BBQ fire. You don't want to be disorganized when your in the position of dealing with a BBQ fire with fats on fire and gas cylinders. They are not good combinations. So install a fire extinguisher nearby from Bunnings and you will be always prepared. But make sure you get the correct extinguisher. Only use a Dry Chemical Powder Extinguisher. If you use a water extinguisher, your BBQ will flare up like a Christmas tree from National Lampoons Christmas Vacation. Your extinguisher doesn't have to be a big one, a simple small trigger extinguisher is ample.
Marinades and Rubs
Adding flavour especially rubs to a cut of meat certainly adds flavour to beef. It makes one hell of a difference especially when slow cooking on a weber or simply on the bbq grill. But beware, don't add too much flavour as the meat cut will become extremely strong to taste. Shake your rub on and rub into the meat. Don't smother it.
Tips for more succulent meat on a Weber Kettle
Grab yourself two small spray bottles from Bunnings. Fill one with apple cider vinegar and one with olive oil. Spray your meat with either olive oil or vinegar every 30minutes to keep your meat from drying out. Even water will do the trick. But do not use alcohol for obvious reasons.
Should I line my Weber Kettle with foil
No! Never line a slow cook bbq kettle with foil or any other material. If the manufacturer though it was a good idea, he would recommend it. Let the heat of the briquettes do the magic. Don't reflect heat back up into the cooking cycle. Leave the foil for after cooking and trap that heat in the meat to improve succulent meat.