When you barbecue food, you slow cook it in aromatic smoke over direct heat. Although Americans believe the BBQ was invented there, the word barbecue is probably derived from the Spanish word 'barbacoa'. When the Spanish conquered America, slow-cooking meat over smoke was widespread throughout the Caribbean and down the mainland coast to Brazil.
Choosing the ideal BBQ for your needs is the right place to start. Still, you will need a few essential tools and accessories to prepare great dishes efficiently and safely.
Invest in a good pair of heat-resistant gloves to protect your hands. Opt for machine-washable gloves with silicon grips thick enough to resist heat but thin enough to allow you to bend your fingers. An apron made of leather or heavy non-flammable fabric is also necessary to protect you from burns and keep your clothes clean.
You will also need some essential tools. Choose a good quality and functional long-handled fork and tong set. Select one with a 50 cm handles and good non-slip rubber grips. As fish and burgers will probably be on the menu, add a stainless steel fish scoop with a broad head, a spatula, and a silicone basting brush, and you're ready to go.
To make the clean-up go quickly, add a multi-tool that incorporates a scraper, wire brush and scouring pad.