It’s that time of the year again when you’re all set to host a BBQ for your buddies. A can of beer in hand and flavorsome whiffs of smoke that make your taste buds salivate is what the BBQ season is all about. But while a barbeque grill is the key piece of cookware, it is not complete until you have some cookware that’s versatile and helps you step up your game. A pro grill master knows that a barbeque spins its culinary magic only when it is complemented by delectable sauces and sumptuous side dishes. Preparing these sauces and side dishes requires cookware that will help you elevate your BBQ game.
We have here a few cookware pieces that you must own before the BBQ season begins, to become a seasoned griller.
A Dutch oven (also known as a French Oven) is a large cast-iron pot with a brightly colored enamel coating. These pretty but heavy-weight pots can go directly from the stovetop to an oven and back to your table once the dish is cooked. Because they’re made of cast iron, they can maintain their heat well once they are brought up to temperature. Dutch ovens can be used on all kinds of cooktops (even on a fire pit when you’re camping). They’re mostly used for making cobblers, cornbread, Mac n cheese, and a whole host of roasts and stews.
Right from your sauteed greens and chilies to a shakshuka and roast chicken, a braiser is the trusted aide for most side dishes you’d like to serve with your barbeque food. It is similar to the Dutch oven in many ways like the enamel coating and two handles at the sides to hold the pot but it is shallower than the Dutch oven and has sloped sides. It can be used as a roasting pan since it has enough space (a 5-pound chicken would fit in well) and its sloped sides make it easy for you to turn the chicken. You can braise ribs in the braiser and then transfer them onto the grill for smoking/browning.
An amateur cook may describe a saucier as a rounded saucepan with wide mouths and curvy flared walls, but it is much more than that. This piece of cookware is primarily used for reducing sauces and enhancing their flavor. And what’s a good barbeque without a sauce, right? Your BBQ sauces complement your barbecued delights and enrich their taste. These gorgeous barbeque sauces can be used as a marinade, condiment, for basting or as a topping for barbequed meat such as pork or beef ribs and chicken. A saucier is different from a regular saucepan that has straight sides and a flat bottom, whereas the saucier has rounded sides with a rounded bottom.
A griller gives char marks to the food while cooking it quickly. You can slow cook meats like pork shoulder, ribs, or a whole chicken on the barbeque, and a griller is used for meats like steaks that are cooked without a lid. The griller uses direct heat for cooking and is perfect for steaks, pork chops, hamburgers, hot dogs, and even veggies. When you’re hosting a BBQ at your place you would like to serve a variety of meats to guests and a griller works as the perfect side-kick for your BBQ.
Cast Iron Skillet
You can ace your BBQ game well if you have a cast-iron skillet in your cookware arsenal. This workhorse can do everything from sautéing, pan-frying, and searing to baking, braising, broiling, roasting and so much more. The more seasoned your cast iron skillet gets, the more flavor it adds to your food. You can use it for lightly sautéing delicate vegetables or for flash-cooking fish. If you’re wondering what else can this champion help you rustle, then there’s a long list of delicacies like a pan pizza, and scrambled eggs. The best part about owning one? You can cook pies, cakes, and tarts too in a skillet. So that settles your dessert woes!
While you’re getting your BBQ set-up in order, make sure you’re well stocked up on small aides to a BBQ such as a basting brush, a great pair of tongs, a grate cleaning brush, and an instant-read thermometer. The last thing you’d want to serve is undercooked or overcooked meat. Doing a BBQ is a wholesome experience and having the right kind of cookware complements and supports your BBQ. And while you’re getting ready to turn those skewers, don’t forget to be safe around your barbeque.