Saturday, 17 September 2011

011 - Roast Dinner With All The Trimmings

Last week I really had a craving for a traditional english roast dinner. But, as I'm currently trying to BBQ 100 different things - I wanted to try and cook the entire thing on my Weber Kettle!

Having already cooked a whole chicken beer-can style, I decided this would be the star of the show - all I needed to do was figure out how to cook roast potatoes, sage and onion stuffing, yorkshire puddings and veg on the grill at the same time.

I'd planned to cook the meal in a 2 hour period, and try to only open the lid 3 times - to make sure the temperature was kept as high as possible. So, here's the plan I followed:

First things finrst - I set up the barbecue with 2 medium sized direct heat zones on either side, leaving a large indirect zone in the centre.

First 30 minutes:
- Beer can chicken, prepped with a little oil and some Byron's Butt Rub, placed in the centre of the indirect zone.
- Yorkshire pudding batter mix made up and left to settle in the fridge.

Second 30 minutes:
- Potatoes (scrubbed, not peeled), placed in a foil tray with a little water and sealed with foil wrap. Then placed over one of the direct heat zones.
- Yorkshire pudding tray added to the grill over direct heat with a little oil added to 2 of the spaces and left to heat up.
- Sage and onion stuffing mixed (from packet) and left to cool.

Third 30 minutes
- Potatoes drained and water discarded. Tossed in a little olive oil in the foil tray, with a sprinkling of some more Byron's Butt Rub. And then placed over indirect heat.

Fourth 30 minutes
- Potatoes shaken about to turn them in the oil.
- Chopped veg placed in a foil tray with a little water and sealed with foil wrap. Placed over one of the direct heat zones.
- Stuffing mix spooned in to the 2 spare spaces in the yorkshire pudding tray.
- Yorkshire pudding batter poured to heated oil, and the tray shifted to indirect heat.

The end result...

As you can see - my yorkshires were quite literally as flat as a pancake!! But I was quite impressed with everything else, and the traditional roast dinner flavour definitely came through strong. I just couldn't get the oil for the yorkshires hot enough, even over direct heat. When I poured the batter into the oil I was hoping for a satisfying sizzle.... but nothing happened, so at that point I already knew they weren't going to work unfortunately.

If I was going to do it again, I think I would probably choose to either do butt rub on the chicken OR the potatoes, not both. I love that rub but as it turns out, you can have too much of a good thing! :-)

I'm determined to try the yorkshires again. I'll let you know if I'm successful - watch this space!


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