Cook­ing out­doors brings sat­is­fac­tion

Central and North Burnett Times - - READ - With Tracey Hordern

AFRIEND of mine re­cently ren­o­vated her kitchen. As many would know, ren­o­va­tions can be dis­rup­tive, but never more so than when you find your­self with­out an op­er­a­tional kitchen for weeks on end. What was she to do? Din­ing out was pos­si­ble, but not seven days a week for a month.

And so the fam­ily bar­be­cue was em­ployed on an al­most daily ba­sis and what my friend dis­cov­ered was cook­ing out­doors now of­fers a lot more choice than snags or shrimps. With a high qual­ity bar­be­cue, the menu choices my friend dis­cov­ered were as plen­ti­ful as they were de­li­cious.

Tak­ing the kitchen out­doors doesn’t need to be com­pli­cated. Even in our cooler months, bar­be­cu­ing can also be at­mo­spheric and en­joy­able. With ad­e­quate light­ing, a qual­ity bar­be­cue, plus a few basic uten­sils and a chop­ping board, you can whip up a gourmet meal in no time.

When it comes to what type of bar­be­cue you want, there are essen­tially three types to choose from. Firstly, there are gas-fired grills. Th­ese warm up quickly, pro­vide a max­i­mum of con­trol and cre­ate very lit­tle mess.

For the purist, char­coal bar­be­cues pro­vide a won­der­ful, smoky flavour to your food. The down­side of char­coal cook­ers is they can cost more to op­er­ate, take up to 45 min­utes to heat and can also cre­ate some mess.

And fi­nally, there are elec­tric bar­be­cues. Th­ese can be used in­side or out­doors, as­sum­ing you have power con­nected, and are ideal for small spaces.

A HIGH QUALIT Y BAR­BE­CUE PRO­VIDES PLENTY OF CHOICES

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

◗ Stylish al­fresco cook­ing with De­cofire Drum. Avail­able at se­lected Bun­nings stores, www.de­cofire­heat­ing.com.au.

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