The smell and sizzle of a barbecue is often synonymous with summer days, but as those long days roll into the crisp temperatures of autumn, that doesn’t mean you have to pack up your BBQ until next year.
Barbecueing in autumn have a lot of positives: while the temperature is cooler, choosing a bright day means everyone will still be comfortable outside, and you can have fun experimenting with some seasonal recipes.
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This is the time to try new things. Hot dogs, burgers and kebabs fall solidly in the summer BBQ camp, so look for meats and veggies you’d not normally try on the BBQ. As we start to crave something a bit heartier and more substantial, look at seasonal fare such as smoked joints, warm spices and root vegetables – grilled pumpkin and sweet potatoes are great places to start.
Squash is the epitome of Autumn, after all a pumpkin is the official mascot of Halloween! Try slicing into wedges and brushing with a smoky paprika oil before grilling until soft, perfect with thick pork chops. Spice up your veggie sides with warming flavours such as roasted carrots glazed with orange, cumin-crusted beetroot or baked cauliflower with tandoori spices.
Autumn is also a great time to experiment with the art of smoking. Read our easy how-to guide here if you’re new to BBQ smoking and want to give it a go.
AUTUMN BARBECUEING TIPS
- Grill with the lid closed – keep the heat where it should be, inside the BBQ
- Cook low and slow – the best method for casseroles, slow-cooked ribs and smoked joints of meat is a low heat and plenty of patience.
- Plan your menu and cooking times – marinate meats overnight and allow meat to come to room temperature before grilling. If it is a little cooler outside you don’t want guests to be waiting too long for their food!
- Use a thermometer – it will help you cook your food to perfection every time. The Cadac i-Braai Bluetooth Thermometer monitors the internal temperature of food being cook and will notify you from the app once it’s reached the perfect temperature to serve
Delicious recipes to try this Autumn
Here are some fantastic recipes to try on your Cadac BBQ this autumn, give them a go and why not share your creations with us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using #Cadac