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, by Steven Gray, 4 min reading time

No more waiting hours to savour succulent dishes. Today's grills empower you to indulge in a day of culinary exploration, slow-cooking beef, lamb, pork, and more, all while relishing the outdoor atmosphere and avoiding the heat of conventional ovens or the hassle of crackpots. By mastering a few ingredients and planning wisely, you can craft a delectable meal that reflects your grilling prowess.

The Historical Tapestry of Slow Cooking

Slow cooking has been a revered method for centuries. From the ingenious ground ovens of Aboriginal tribes to Hawaiian earth-buried pig roasts, slow cooking has thrived. Today, grills stand as a contemporary choice, offering a barbecue-style slow-cooked experience.

How Slow Cooking Works

Slow cookers work using low indirect heat over an extended duration (typically 6-10 hours). This gentle process breaks down tough cuts of meat and tenderises vegetables, preserving moisture and intensifying flavours. Optimal candidates for slow cooking include shoulder and spare ribs, benefiting from the extended cooking time.

When slow-cooking, always remember that it's crucial to monitor your temperature settings closely. Excessive heat can lead to your meat drying out, resulting in a tough, difficult-to-chew outcome. To counter this, consider adding a few tablespoons of water, apple juice, beer, or any preferred liquid before firing your grill. This simple step helps maintain the ideal moisture level, ensuring your cut of meat stays tender and succulent throughout the slow-cooking process.

Preparation and Cooking Process

Preparing for slow cooking is as straightforward as any other cooking method. Here's a step-by-step guide to get you started:

Ingredients Checklist:

  1. Your choice of meat cuts (beef, chicken, pork, or lamb)
  2. Fresh herbs and spices
  3. Vegetables of your liking
  4. Barbecue sauce or marinade
  5. Quality wood chips for that extra smoky flavour
  6. Your trusty grill or smoker

The Preparation Process:

  1. Begin by preheating your barbecue and adding wood chips to infuse a delightful smoky essence. It works well with charcoal, gas, or electric grills.
  2. If you opt for a quick marinade, start marinating your meats and vegetables in your preferred sauce. For a dry BBQ rub, generously apply it to your meat, allowing it to set. Note: With an overnight marinade, immerse your meat a day before planning to slow cook.
  3. Place your food on the grill or smoker, embracing the concept of low and slow BBQ. Maintaining a low temperature ensures charcoal and wood chips are not directly beneath the food. Close the lid and let it cook for several hours, depending on your dish.
  4. Check the meat periodically to prevent burning and ensure sustained charcoal burning. Adjust heat by adding charcoal or wood chips for a consistent low temperature.
  5. Utilise a meat thermometer to determine doneness.
  6. After cooking, remove the dish, allowing it to rest. Cover with aluminium foil for 15 minutes before slicing or pulling the meat apart. This facilitates the distribution of juices, spreading flavours throughout.

Serve and Enjoy!

For added inspiration, explore some of our favourite slow-cooked beef recipes:

  1. Slow Cooked Beef BBQ Ribs
  2. BBQ Beef Brisket
  3. Slow Cooked BBQ Roast Beef

Expert Tips and Tricks for Slow Cooking on a BBQ

  • Elevate your grilling experience by experimenting with different wood chip flavours, each imparting distinct smokiness to the meat. Here's our guide on how to choose the best wood for smoking.
  • Achieve even cooking by combining charcoal briquettes with wood chips.
  • Opt for a slightly higher cooking temperature to break down the meat further, ensuring a more tender cut.
  • Transform the slow cooking process into a social event—invite friends to join the culinary adventure and create lasting memories.

Embrace the joy of slow cooking on your barbecue, turning it into an informative and exciting culinary exploration. Whether you stick to beloved classics or embark on a quest for new flavours, relish the anticipation as your slow-cooked masterpiece takes shape. So, recline, unwind, and savour the entire slow-cooking experience!

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