Frugal outdoor cooking is something I must admit is something I rarely get to do but it is certainly one of my friends biggest summer delights.
She has always loved getting outside in the garden and preparing a barbecue for her friends and family, summer just wouldn't be the same.
However she doesn't have a very large garden and the expense of buying a full size professional barbecue has always been outside of her budget.
So instead we put our heads together to come up with frugal recipes and alternatives to the grill issue and here we have highlighted them for you. Enjoy your summer and barbecue cooking.
Instead of splashing out on a BBQ and perhaps only using it a couple of times a year, why not make your own for frugal outdoor cooking. Depending on how big and how often you want to use your grill the options for building your own are:
Which ever of these solutions you decide upon, the basic rules for creating a BBQ are the same.
One of the biggest shocks I ever had was when I went shopping with my friend for her Barbecue cooking groceries. The bill was so large I was beginning to wonder if it just wouldn't be cheaper to eat out.
It also didn't taste that great either, the manufactured burgers were dry and the sauces were bland and watery.
So next time we decided to make as much of the food we could ourselves and by buying meat and vegetable in bulk we ended up having tastier and cheaper food that we could also freeze for other occasions if we didn't use it all up at our barbecue.
1/4 cup. cider or white wine vinegar
1/3 cup. molasses
1 cup. tomato ketchup
1 tbsp. mustard
1 tsp. each garlic powder, onion powder, chilli powder and black pepper Use all or which ever combination you prefer
Heat the vinegar and molasses together until dissolved then stir in remaining ingredients. That's it, if you want to make the sauce a little sweeter try adding some honey to the mixture.
This is a great frugal outdoor cooking option as it is great for finger food and easy to prepare.
Simply brush each cob with a little cooking oil, sprinkle some seasoning to taste onto each cob and then dot some little blobs of butter. Wrap each cob in tin foil and place on the barbecue for 25 minutes, turning occasionally.
Once cooked you can then remove the foil and cook for another 5 to 10 minutes to char grill the outside a little.
Buy mince beef or lamb (not too lean) which ever you prefer or which ever is cheapest at the time. If you buy large bags you will save money in the long run. Add to the mince a few breadcrumbs and a beaten egg to hold the mixture together and then add seasoning and spices as you wish.
You can make them as original as you like i.e. you could add some chilli or rosemary and even add little blobs of mozzarella or tomatoes to the mixture. When shaping your burgers make sure you press firmly and chill them in a refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before grilling, to save then from falling apart on your grill.
Brush olive oil onto each potato and rub with a little salt.
Wrap each potato in tin foil and place on BBQ for 20-25 minutes, turning occasionally.
Check with skewer to see if soft.
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