BBQ Hacks - Adding Flavour

There are many ways to add flavour to BBQ food from dry rubs, marinades or by using wood chips. Wood chips are soaked for a couple of hours before use then throw onto the coals for charcoal BBQ's or into a smoker box attachment for gas grills.  The will work by gently smoking away; for best results and a deeper flavour pop the lid on whilst cooking.

Depending on the wood used affects the end result.  Hickory adds a lovely deep smokiness but a favorite of mine is Applewood which smells amazing, it adds a smoky and slightly fruity flavour and I say Applewood was made for BBQ'd burgers!  Oooh and while we're talking about wood chips another favorite of mine is Cherry wood which works brilliantly with poultry, game or pork.

Remember the longer the wood chips have to smoke, the more taste and coloring your food gets.  So something like a steak that takes just 10 minutes to cook won't have as much of a smoky taste of a pork shoulder which is cooked for a good few hours.

Adding herbs are of course another excellent way to add flavour, for example you can use a bunch of freshly cut Rosemary as a basting brush so the flavour isn't so intense.

Whatever you serve at your next BBQ a nice side salad is always popular and a simple green salad with a nice dressing can be made in minutes.

To make a super quick Lemon and Honey Salad Dressing mix together the following:
4 tablespoons of olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon honey
Pinch of sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

For more ways to add flavour to your next BBQ check out this video which is one of a four BBQ Hack videos created by MyVoucherCodes.

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