“Australian BBQ for Dummies”

Some mates of my hubby arrived from both England and the US.  I’m not sure if these were mates from his college years or not, but regardless I could quickly see they thought a barbie was something my daughter would play with! Ha!

So in case anyone  out there are a bit amused by the outsiders coming in, maybe they can read this prior to arrival.  I call it “Australian BBQ for Dummies.” (Hubby loved the name)

Where you guys here “shrimp on the barbie” in movies, it’s really us Aussies just doing what we love to do best, using what we have available.  It’s our way of grilling, but it’s most certainly a barbie! (or barbecue)

shrimp on the barbie,  bbq in australia

It’s also a social affair and as engrained in our culture as anything I suppose.   It’s not implied to bring alcohol to our barbies, as they are often in public places with children. So unless you are certain it’s an adult only barbie, and you’ll know, juices, water, or anything refreshing is ideal to bring with you or expect to being served.

Yes, our barbies are something to see and experience, and if visiting…please do your research so you don’t show up with a barbie doll for someone’s daughter.


barbies and sausages

Now as I mentioned before my husband, Joe, thinks that it is the way that sausages are cooked that make them special so here is a few of his tips:

  • Pre heat the grill but not high heat. Throw your sausages onto a hot grill and they will burst.
  • Wipe the grill with some oil prior to putting the sausages on.
  • Don’t prick or prod the sausages – keep the juices and flavor in.
  • Aim to cook slow turning regularly but not even few seconds.
  • Have a thermometer and check the internal temp is above 70˚C
  • Some boil their sausages before they BBQ, not what we do, tried it but not impressed with the final flavor.

I cooked this awesome chicken, bacon and sausage roll last week thought I would share the recipe as we enjoyed it so much. Made my own spice mix with hot chili pepper and cracked peppers, delicious.

Now we are in the market to change our BBQ and been looking around I found this new one,The Bugg at Beefeaters but hubby thinks it is too small, what do you reckon? Thinking about it with the amount we cook a bigger one is probably the better option. I quite fancy one that has 4 burners. Found one priced between 1001 -2000$ which is the top of our budget, it’s got a 10 year warranty so all I have to do is get him down to look at it.

As a family we tend to go for big fat sausages over thins ones and I get our casings from the Casing Boutique – they have a very good website with some clear instructions how to stuff your sausages, I always recommend that newbies go and read those tips before starting up.

Large 4 burner mobile BBQ