Good Food Blog
Barbecues - are they worth it?Posted at 1:00PM, 14 May 2008 by Holly Jones - Former researcher, bbcgoodfood.com
I don't want to be a killjoy, but I'll be completely honest; I don't really see the point of barbecues when you could just cook something in the oven and eat it outside.
I think I should point out that I am not saying al fresco dining is pointless. I love eating outside, the mood is lightened, spirits are high, and a table filled with salads, quiches, chicken, breads and cheeses, all accompanied by a nice chilled rosé is certainly high on my perfect moments list.
But it's the barbecue bit I don't get. The smoke makes everything smell; they take ages to warm up, and when they do they take ages to cook a chicken drumstick; people don't trust the food that's cooked on them, picking at their chicken in case it's going to repeat on them in two hours time, and often it has to be finished off in the oven anyway.
I actually don't mind a bit of charcoal and a few burnt edges so that's not the issue, but why create all that mess and spend all night standing waiting at the barbecue when you could whack everything in the oven, sit down and relax with your friends?
Please don't send hate mail - I know that somewhere along the way I'm missed out on learning about the joys of barbecuing, sorry mum and dad - maybe this is your fault. But I've love to know why everyone is so obsessed. Living in London, a garden can be a rare thing and maybe this is why I'm so lazy when it comes to barbecuing.
Or maybe's it's actually because I've never had a gas barbecue - is this the answer? I've only ever used charcoal, in my eyes this is a barbecue, gas is cheating. I thought they were all about the burnt taste and undercooked meat. Yes, I'm stuck in the early 90s. I could play the green card, but there are eco-friendly ways to char your chicken now, so I'll leave that alone.
And just to really get your heckles up, I have to say, I love going to them, but with no garden, no gas and little passion for standing over the stove all night, my guests will have to make do with something from the stove. Please let me know why you love it so much? I promise I'll give it a go!
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