Where to stock up
NORTH ACOMB FARM SHOP
North Acomb are currently open Tuesday to Saturday 9.30am until 5pm with their counters fully-stocked as usual. You'll find everything you need for a successful barbecue – from tasty burgers to succulent steaks, dry-cured bacon and cuts of chicken. Free-range and fresh from the farm, these meats are ideal for cooking food full of flavour. They also offer a range of creamy cheeses, seasonal vegetables and baked goods.
This market in the centre of Newcastle is the perfect place to round up your barbecue shopping list, they're still open for business (socially-distanced, of course) so stock up on free-range meats, fresh fish, and the fluffiest bread buns and plenty of fruit and vegetables to go on the side. Or, you can shop online for delivery using their new website shop.graingerdelivery.com
Call in to collect your order, or have it delivered to your doorstep from this award-winning Whibty butchers – which, by the way, is the place to for some of the most succulent meat to sizzle on the barbecue. With expertly prepared locally-sourced produce, you'll have everything you need for a great barbecue feast.
MINSKIP FARM SHOP
If you're struggling to find quality barbecue essentials at your local supermarket, or simply want to support local, head to Minskip. With everything from vegetable boxes to fresh sardines, and meat sourced from trusted local butchers including Herb Fed Poultry, T.S.Hartley & Sons Butcher and Tancred Farm Shop, you'll find everything you need – what's best? You can have it all delivered the very next day.
Top tips for firing up the barbie
The heat cannot be turned down or up so to control how quickly things cook and at what temperature you will need to be able to vary the distance your grill is from the heat.
Your charcoal needs to be glowing white before you cook (not still flaming). This gives the most even and effective cooking temperature.Whilst infusing delicious smoky flavours into whatever you cook, the barbecue can also dry them out. To counteract this, use a marinade or baste things as they cook. This will also allow the heat to caramelise the sugars in the marinade sealing in more juices and flavour.
Fruits such as apples, tomatoes or pineapple are great additions, particularly to kebabs, and provide a sweet counterpoint to more robust smoky ingredients.
Always remember if you are going to use wooden skewers on a barbecue to soak them thoroughly (ideally overnight) before using them to prevent them igniting... we have lost many delicious barbecued prawns that way.
Keep a generous handful of woody herb sprigs to hand; rosemary is particularly good. Just before you begin cooking throw a handful onto the charcoal; this will infuse whatever is on the grill with a deliciously subtle herby flavour. Alternatively, adding a handful of allspice berries to the charcoal works brilliantly especially when barbecuing pork, fish or chicken.
Wondering where to get started? Try these sizzling recipes – from peppered tofu skewers to sticky chipotle sauces and grilled pineapple with ice cream