One of the things that have been consistently useful while we’ve been travelling around Australia are the free electric or gas BBQ facilities at various parks. You will find one in nearly every town that you pass through, and it’s a quick and easy way to prepare breakfast, lunch or dinner, fish, poultry, steak, vegetables, and even dessert!
Because public facilities have a tendency to be a bit scummy, it’s a good idea to have some foil and spray oil with you. Start off by spraying the BBQ plate before laying a sheet of foil down that spans the whole width of the plate. Spray more oil on the foil and press the BBQ button to start the heating process. This ‘Foil and Oil’ method will protect your food from dirty BBQs and it makes cleaning up heaps easier at the end.
If you’re sick of cold sandwiches or expensive takeaway, here are a few ideas that you can whip up in no time!
If you’re craving for a big breakfast, turn to your trusty electric BBQ.
Bacon rashers work really well, as do sliced mushroom with oil, S&P and herbs, sliced tomatoes with a splash of balsamic vinegar, haloumi with lemon juice, chipolatas and sausage.
Eggs can be prepared either scrambled or fried. For scrambled eggs that are a bit specky, whisk your eggs with some thickened cream, thyme and goat cheese or fetta. Pour your eggs on the hot plate over caramelise onions and you’ll be in flavour country within minutes.
If you have foil and spray oil, craft an ‘egg tray’ with a flap that you can fold over to make a lid. Spray the tray with oil before cracking your eggs into it and about halfway through, fold the lid over the eggs to contain the heat so that the top can cook. Once the eggs are done, flip the egg tray onto your plate, or make a yummy sandwich or wrap with some Caesar dressing, cos lettuce and shards of parmesan cheese and cooked bacon.
Red meat can be expensive at times, but if you visit the supermarkets in the morning, chances are good that you’ll find a super awesome special or reduced item. We’ve struck gold with $5 kangaroo steaks, $3.50 pork steaks and the occasional $4 lamb chop.
Heat up the BBQ, season the meat with a bit of salt, pepper and your favourite seasoning, and cook until you’re satisfied.
Basa fillets are only $8 a kilo and have a beautiful texture and mild flavour. Popcorn salt is great to season the fillets while cooking, and you can even wrap them in foil for a more steamed effect.
Economical, convenient and delicious – a marvellous trifecta that makes meat biscuits so great. Check out Juz’s post on how to make a batch of meat biscuits.
Caramelising onions requires salt, pepper, oil, butter, vinegar, sugar (optional) and patience. You need to cook them nice and slowly for between 20-40 minutes to achieve the best results. The aim of the game is to get the natural sugars to caramelise, giving them a rich sweet flavour – balsamic vinegar and a sprinkle of sugar assist with the caramelisation process and give the onions a little boost in flavour. Use in sandwiches, atop steak or stir through scrambled eggs.
Vegetable medallions are a great way to get some veggies in your day. Slice up discs of sweet potato, zucchini, pumpkin or parsnip and flap onto the hot plate with some S&P, herbs and spices. For a kooky twist, try a sprinkle of cinnamon on your parsnip or sweet potato.
Asparagus, capsicum and eggplant also work well on the hotplate, or you can even make up a few veggie kebabs – YUM!
Crazy talk! Slice up your apple, nectarine, pear or pineapple and sear it on the hotplate before topping with a drizzle of honey and a dollop of yoghurt. Figs, bananas and peaches also make for a delicious treat, or you can go tutti fruity and make a colourful kebab.
You can either make your own batter with some milk, flour, bi-carb and egg, or get some ‘just add water and shake’ stuff from the supermarket. Pancakes are great with hazelnut spread and cream cheese, fruit and honey, peanut butter or your favourite jam.
If you want to get crazy, pour the pancake batter over bacon as it’s frying and you can have ‘panbaconcakes’, which are awesome on their own, drizzled with maple syrup, or topped with scrambled eggs.
Do you take advantage of free BBQs while travelling? What’s your favourite thing to cook on a BBQ?