Family Online BBQ Party

The following is what I am suggesting we do for our online class:

  • Southern baked chicken (or lime and salt or whatever you want). This will include a butchery lesson, portioning a whole chicken or two and/or
    Smoked aubergine dip for the veggies.
  • Burgers (both smash burgers and veggie burgers)
    • We’ll have a competition for the best burger
  • Steaks, dirty and in a cast iron pan
  • Chocolate Brownie

We’re not going to have enough time to make the burger buns but why not have a go at my brioche buns during the morning. Otherwise you can buy some (obviously the burger winner will be someone who’s tried to make the buns).

Therefore the ingredients are:

Meat Eaters

Southern fried chicken

  • 1 whole chicken (8 portions)
  • 2 stale slices of bread
  • 2 heaped dsps plain flour
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp dried sage
  • 1/2 tsp white pepper powder
  • 1/2 tsp chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp Maldon salt (or 1/2 tsp table salt)
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion salt/powder
  • olive oil for drizzling
  • 1 Egg
  • 100ml milk


 Aubergine Dip

  • 2 Aubergines (roughly 700g)
  • 3 tbsp Tahini (not Cypressa brand, see the notes)
  • Juice 2 lemons
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • Parsley, 1 handful roughly chopped
  • Half a pomegranate, seeded
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

Smash Burgers

  • 500g beef mince (15% fat content, not 5% there’s no flavour)
  • Maldon salt

Spicy Bean Burgers

  • A tin of chickpeas, drained
  • A tin of kidney beans, drained
  • 3 tbsp plain flour
  • 4 tbsp chopped fresh coriander
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds, crushed but a little chunky
  • 10 slices of jalapeños (from a jar)
  • Salt and pepper, plenty to taste

Accompaniments of your choice

  • Ketchup
  • Frenches mustard
  • Mayo
  • Pickles
  • Lettuce
  • Plastic cheese slices
  • Tomatoes
  • Bacon

For the brioche buns

  • 50ml warm milk
  • 7g active dry yeast or 15g fresh yeast
  • 2 1/2 tbsps sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 750g bread flour
  • 80g plain flour
  • 1 1/2 tsps salt
  • 25g unsalted butter, softened
  • Sesame seeds (optional)

For the serious carnivores


  • 2 or more 1.5″ thick rib-eye steaks
  • Maldon salt

For Everyone

Smoked Chocolate Brownie

  • 345g caster sugar
  • 80g cocoa powder
  • 60g plain flour
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 4 beaten eggs
  • 200g unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract (not essence)
  • 200g dark chocolate chips

Special kit needed

  • Sharp chefs knife to portion the chicken
  • Cast iron pan. I use the Big Green Egg skillets:
    • Small – I use these all the time on the large
    • Large – great for the large and XL
    • A great alternative is the half moon cast iron planch for the EGGspander system, I have these, they’re superb.
    • Or just use a cast iron pan you already have
  • Foil – get some kirkland premium foil if you can (It’s on Amazon here or you can get it from Costco)
  • A brownie tin (about 20cm x 30cm x 5cm deep) – this silicon one would be superb
  • Baking parchment

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