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When the sun is shining and the weather is pleasant, it’s time for a barbecue. With our tips on barbecue products, invaluable barbecue knowledge and delicious barbecue recipes, meat, fish and vegetarian dishes will be perfectly cooked on your barbecue.

Whether it’s American barbecue (BBQ), smoking or classic grilling, many different regions around the world enjoy barbecuing. Our barbecue guide presents the most important information about barbecuing to you. This will guarantee that your next barbecue evening will be a complete success!

All about barbecue products

There is a large and diverse world of products in terms of grilling and barbecuing. Barbecuing involves taking the preparation outside, to your patio, balcony or other private and public areas. In any case, good planning of your barbecue utensils is beneficial.

What do you need for a barbecue after all?

For a perfect barbecue evening, you need the following equipment:

  • a barbecue
  • barbecue accessories
  • if necessary, recipe books

Barbecue on the gas barbecue.

The common types of barbecue are charcoal, gas and electric. A charcoal barbecue offers the advantage of a smoky flavour.

For a charcoal barbecue, you need coal or briquettes and grill lighter fluid to light the grill.

For easy and safe ignition, a chimney starter is recommended instead of grill lighter fluid.

The lightweight charcoal pieces are ideal for grilling food with a short cooking time.

If you prefer something faster, you should opt for a gas barbecue. Built-in barbecues are becoming increasingly popular for outdoor or external kitchens.

A gas barbecue with a rear burner as a vertical grill is ideal for preparing food on a rotisserie.

Electric barbecues are simple and fit on any balcony or patio.

A very special and original way to cook meat comes from America: barbecuing using a smoker. Instead of grilling directly over a fire or heat source, in the smoker, the food is cooked gently over indirect heat.

But even with a simple kettle bbq, hot smoking can work with a few tricks.

Barbecue accessories include:

  • a BBQ thermometer
  • barbecue gloves
  • barbecue tongs, barbecue fork
  • barbecue brushes
  • a grill pan or grill trays, for example, for preparing smaller grilled items
  • stainless steel or cast iron grates
  • a grill basket
  • detergent for the grill grate
  • if necessary, lighter fluid for a charcoal barbecue

Finally, recipe books can provide ideas and tips for your barbecue party.

An important accessory: The BBQ thermometer

BBQ thermometers are an essential barbecue accessory. They provide information about when your barbecued food has reached the right temperature and is ready to serve.

With a BBQ thermometer, you can measure the temperature inside the pieces of meat. This so-called core temperature determines when something is cooked. Knowing the recommended core temperature for each type of meat is therefore an important component of perfect BBQ enjoyment.

We have compiled this information for you in a table. In addition to the core temperature, you will also find the recommended cooking time and cooking chamber temperature.

Please note that these are only guidelines, as the exact grilling and cooking times are influenced by many factors, such as the size of the food item being grilled or the outdoor temperature.

It is also fundamentally important to consider the type of food being grilled. While beef can be consumed raw, pork and chicken should be cooked thoroughly. Vegetables are usually eaten cooked firm to the bite and fish and seafood, with few exceptions such as tuna, are typically consumed cooked thoroughly.

Type of food to be grilled Cooking level Cooking chamber temperature Core temperature Cooking time
Steak (beef steak) medium 230° – 280° 53° – 58° 4 – 12 minutes
Hamburger made of minced meat medium 230° – 280° 53° – 58° 8 – 10 minutes
Game medium 130° – 180° 53° – 58° 10 – 20 minutes
Poultry optimal 140° – 200° 84° 8 – 10 minutes
Pork optimal 150° – 180° 73° 8 – 10 minutes
fish thorough 160° – 180° 60° – 65° 6 – 10 minutes
Vegetables firm to the bite 150° – 180° 85° – 90° 3 – 8 minutes

Important to know: When the core temperature has been reached, the desired cooking level has been achieved and the grilled food can be served.

Invaluable barbecue knowledge

Grilling to perfection is no longer a problem. However, there are other things to consider when grilling. There are many tips and tricks that will help you grill better. Read more about this here:

When is the best time to fire up the barbecue?

The greatest barbecuing months are April to October. However, every month of the year offers seasonal specialties that can best be prepared on the grill. So, you don’t have to wait for good weather to fire up your barbecue.

Barbecuing with friends.

Do you want to know if there’s enough gas in your gas cylinder and if it’s still enough for your barbecue evening? Use the gas level indicator to monitor the level of your gas cylinder. When barbecuing, you will immediately realize if the gas is running low and can switch to a new cylinder in good time.

Barbecuing on your balcony

Not everyone has a garden with an outdoor kitchen, a large balcony or wants to grill in a public place. With the exception of Brandenburg, there are no clear legal restrictions for barbecuing on a balcony.

Your landlord can prohibit it via your rental contract or house rules. If your rental contract states that barbecuing on your balcony is prohibited, you are not allowed to use an electric or gas barbecue on your balcony either.

In a worst case scenario, tenants face the possibility of their rental contract being terminated if the house rules prohibit barbecuing on their balcony.

Amount of meat per person when barbecuing

For a child, assume 150g of meat (e.g. a small sausage and a small piece of meat). Women need an average of 250-300g. For men, you can estimate 400-450g.

Do not use cold meat

Meat should be at room temperature before barbecuing. Otherwise, the food will quickly brown on the outside but may still be cold and raw on the inside. Frozen meat should never be used for barbecuing, as it will very quickly dry out.

To reduce grilling time and play it completely safe, you can preheat your grilled meat to the optimum core temperature using the sous vide method and then just put it on the grill for a very short time to retain the roasted flavours.

Delicious Barbecue Recipes

Almost anything can be prepared on a barbecue: whether it’s fish, poultry or beef, fruit or vegetables. Here, we give you tips on what ingredients are suitable for barbecuing and other information. Soon, we will also introduce you to delicious barbecue recipes here.

What is most commonly barbecued?

Of course, when it comes to the cooked food, a barbecue party would not be complete without meat, such as juicy steaks, T-bone steaks, marinated pieces of meat and pork. Fish should not be excluded from your shopping list either.

Tip: Invite guests to a colourful mix of meat and fish so that everyone can find their favourite dish on the BBQ.

Grilled vegetables, such as mushrooms, peppers and sweetcorn, are not only enjoyed by vegetarians but are also popular alternatives to steaks and sausages among meat eaters. Prepare delicious salads and sides, provide bread and barbecue butter as well as various dips, like a herb dip and barbecue sauces.

Barbecuing with meat

Marinating Meat & Vegetables

Steaks, chops, chicken fillets and vegetables get a great aroma with flavourful marinades made from heat-resistant olive oil, vinegar, herbs and spices. In addition, the liquid seasoning makes the meat tender.

To do this, place the food to be barbecued in the unsalted marinade for at least 2 hours before barbecuing. We recommend storing the marinated food in a sealed container in your refrigerator.

Barbecuing Vegetarian Food

Barbecuing vegetables is just as worthwhile as barbecuing meat and fish, not just as a side dish. The best vegetables to barbecue are those that don’t contain too much water and have a short cooking time. A grill basket makes barbecuing vegetables easier.

Stuffed peppers, mushrooms, pumpkin skewers, marinated courgette pieces, tomatoes with mozzarella cheese filling, vegetable skewers and grilled corn on the cob get a nice, slightly smoky aroma and taste delicious. Grilled cheese, such as halloumi and feta, also provides variety on your barbecue.

Serve spicy sauces, salsa and barbecue butter with the vegetarian delights to make your grill platter even more colourful and varied.