BBQ Bliss!

My new toy - a Weber BBQ!This week me and the Mr invested in a new toy, and it’s long overdue if you ask me. We treated ourselves to a new Weber charcoal BBQ! It’s the first time we’ve ever actually cooked on a charcoal BBQ. I know, go ahead. I’m a big girl I can take the insults!

Wanting to break our charcoal BBQ virginity in style, we opted to try recipes with a twist. Some smokey paprika chicken skewers with a secret ingredient, wait for it… bacon paste! AND inside out cheeseburgers with the cheese stuffed right into the centre of the burger. YES!

Here is what you will need to make 3 decent sized skewers (easily doubled or tripled):

  • 1 Slice Smokey Bacon
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1 tsp Soft Light Brown Sugar
  • 30g (1-2 tbsp) Barbecue Sauce
  • 250g Chicken Mini Breast Fillets
  • 3 Metal Skewers OR Wooden Skewers, soaked

To make 2 Massive cheese stuffed burgers you will need:

  • 500g Lean Beef Steak Mince
  • 4 tsp Worcester Sauce
  • 2 tsp Onion Powder
  • 2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Mustard Powder
  • a Good Helping of Salt & Pepper
  • Sliced Strong Cheddar Cheese

To Serve (Optional)

  • Crusty Cobs, cut in half & toasted on the BBQ
  • 4 Slices of Bacon
  • Caramelized Onions
  • Garlic Mayonnaise

To make the Chicken Skewers

*If you are using wooden skewers, put them in a tray of cold water and let them soak for a minimum of 30 minutes*

Roughly chop the bacon slice and pop into a food processor (I use my mini one – less washing up!) Blitz until it forms a smooth paste, stop and scrape down the bowl a few times during this. Leave to one side.

Bacon Paste!Add the salt, paprika, sugar and barbecue sauce to a bowl and mix together. Add in the bacon paste and beat well until thoroughly combined to make the marinade.

Roughly dice the chicken fillets into 1″ chunks and put into the bowl with the marinade. Give it a good mix to ensure all the meat is coated then cover in cling film and keep in the fridge until needed. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to work out that the longer you leave it, the more flavour the chicken will absorb. If you have the time, I would recommend doing this the night before you want to eat them.

Marinating the Chicken

When you are ready, push the chicken onto the skewers. (Metal or soaked wooden ones.)

Ready for the BBQThen head on over to the BBQ! You could, of course, just grill these in the oven or on a griddle pan for a few minutes each side.

Chicken Skewers on the BBQ

Nearly cooked!Turn halfway and cook until the juices run clear and the chicken has a nice char to it.

Paprika & Bacon Paste Chicken BBQ SkewersI must say, these had an amazing smokey flavour to them! For me, they summed up everything I associate with BBQ. Smokey, charred, juicy, succulent and delicious meat! Definitely one I will be making again.

To Make The Inside Out Cheeseburgers

Tip the beef mince into a large bowl and add in the worcester sauce, onion powder, garlic powder, mustard powder & and generous amount of salt & pepper.

Mix with a fork until all the ingredients are evenly distributed and divide into 4 even chunks.

Take two chunks of the mince and form 2 burgers. Make dents in the middle and place a few slices of the cheese on top.

Stuffing the BurgersThen make two more burgers from the remaining chunks of mince and place on top of them. Seal them well, you don’t want any cheese escaping when you cook them. Cleaning a BBQ is bad enough as it is!

Inside Out Cheeseburgers!Cover them with cling film and store in the fridge for at least an hour. This helps them firm up and as a result, they’ll cook better. If you have longer, great. This will allow the flavours to get into the meat.

When they have firmed up, take em to the BBQ!

Inside Out Cheeseburgers on the BBQ!

Cook for about 8-10 minutes on each side until cooked through and nicely charred. (Or a griddle pan would work just as well if you can’t be bothered to get the BBQ out.)

Allow to rest for a few minutes before serving, this will help keep all the juices in the burger. As you can see from the next photo though, my impatience got the better of me!

The Inside Out Cheeseburger!Just look at it, isn’t it beautiful? I don’t know about you but I think that melted cheese makes everything better!

Once your burgers have rested a little, serve on toasted crusty cobs and top with garlic mayo, crispy bacon & caramelized onions.

Ready to Get in My Face!I seriously enjoyed this burger. It’s a bit of a beast though isn’t it?! Even I struggled to get my chops round this one – and that’s saying something!

Along my travels through the blogasphere, I came across several versions of this recipe. One that really took my fancy was stuffing the burger with mozzarella cheese & pesto. I think this will be on my BBQ to do list next time.

I feel like my charcoal BBQ virginity has been well and truly broken now and I plan on getting back on that horse VERY soon! I love the smokiness & charred flavours that a charcoal BBQ gives in comparison to any other style of cooking.

I hope you all enjoyed the post my lovelies.

Until next week.

Miss KitchenMason

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8 comments on “BBQ Bliss!

  1. Natalie P says:

    bbq at mine for me bday, hint hint xx

  2. Mum says:

    Wow, you did your first barbie justice….looks fantastic!! Add a liitle touch of Jamie Oliver Salad & we will be round 😀 xxx

  3. ladyredspecs says:

    I love my charcoal weber, have been cooking on the poor battered thing for 20+ years. A roasted is sublime from the Weber, the best you will ever cook, chicken, beef, lamb, pork, all are terrific. And pizza too, you now have your own outdoor, wood fired oven. Have fun

  4. Congrats on the new grill. The bacon paste is a great idea…it may be good enough to justify running out and buying that food processor I’ve been coveting!

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