CHRISTMAS OFFER Subscribe to Surrey Life today CLICK HERE

Top 10 BBQ tips from Surrey Life’s two-times butcher of the year, Simon Taylor

PUBLISHED: 18:04 21 June 2017 | UPDATED: 18:04 21 June 2017

Simon Taylor from Surrey Hills Butchers, the current Surrey Life butcher of the year

Simon Taylor from Surrey Hills Butchers, the current Surrey Life butcher of the year

Archant

Whatever the weather, us Brits love nothing more than firing up the barbecue come the summer – and who better to ask for the rules of his game than two-times Surrey Life Food and Drink Awards winner Simon Taylor from Oxshott’s Surrey Hills Butchers? No more burnt bangers…

Tips and tricks for getting the meat element of a BBQ spot on (Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto/AlexRaths)Tips and tricks for getting the meat element of a BBQ spot on (Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto/AlexRaths)

Are you that person who turns up to a BBQ with four anaemic-looking bangers made of reclaimed meat thinking you have done your bit, even though it was an after thought and they literally were the last sausages at Sainsbury’s, or are you the other kind: four prime cut, 45 day dry-aged, 350g côte de boeufs? Well I know who I want at my barbecue!

Honestly it doesn’t take much, just a tiny little bit of foresight…

So the weather is looking okay this weekend. Can you fit in a trip to the butchers? My money says that if you really want to you can – and, well, should as it’ll save your pockets too.

Pound for pound, if you compare what you are getting from supermarkets to what you get from your butcher, the difference in cost is vast and that’s before the added value of the professional advice you receive.

I’ve heard it said that some people are intimidated by going into the local butchers. Honestly, don’t be. Gone are the days of the grunting red faced man behind the counter. In fact, interaction and advice have become a huge part of butchery these days.

I won’t go in to this country’s disconnection to meat right now as that is a story for another blog, but what I will say is that we have most definitely changed roles in how we buy and source our meat too...

Simon’s top 10 tips for your outdoor cooking:

1. Go and see your local butcher! We start with quality not quantity.

2. Try simmering your sausages before heading to the BBQ. Sausages can actually be a little tricky to get right, so simmer them for around 25 minutes and they will essentially be ready cooked. You then just need to colour them on the grill.

3. Instead of trying to fit as many products as possible onto the grill why not try something different like a butterflied leg of lamb or spatchcocked chicken? Place them whole on a large chopping board after they’re cooked and let everyone dive in.

4. Make your own burgers. It’s so easy to do and you get to control exactly what’s going into your food. Start with some good quality mince from your butcher then add whatever flavours you have in the store cupboard. Horseradish is a winner for me or caramelised onion chutney. Mix them in and simply push between the palms of your hands to make bespoke patties.

5. Don’t overcook your food. Yes we must be careful but we don’t want to ruin the fantastic meat you went out of your way to the butchers to get now, do we? If you are worried or a little uneasy serving anything unless you are 400% sure, then I highly recommend buying a temperature probe. They are not expensive but help to ease worries - get your food above 75C and you’re safe.

6. Be clean when you BBQ. Wash your hands often and don’t cross contaminate (don’t let raw and cooked foods come into contact by using different tongs for each). It should help to ensure your family and friends are just as happy after the barbecue as during...

7. Try a reverse sear on your steaks. This is where you start your steaks in a low heat oven (130 for around 25 minutes works for me), and then simply finish on the BBQ for that beautiful caramelisation.

8. Get that pinny on! This will protect you and your food - no oils or sauces on you; no you on the meat.

9. Make barbecuing a family thing. It doesn’t have to be a solo man mission! Get the kids involved, supervised of course, as it can be a great opportunity to teach them some fire safety and encourage them to try new things – there’s always the treat of cooking marshmallows on the mellowing coals, too!

10. See rule number one!

• Visit Simon and his team at Surrey Hills Butchers, Aberdeen House, High Street, Oxshott, Surrey KT22 0JR. Tel: 01372 844890. Web: http://butcherscook.com

***

Vote for your favourite Surrey foodies in the Surrey Life Food & Drink Awards

***

If you’d like to contribute a foodie column or recipe to the Surrey Life website or appear in our magazine’s Gourmet Life pages, contact matthew.williams@surreylife.co.uk

More from Surrey Life

Yesterday, 10:06

We round up 10 of the most beautiful photos of Surrey shared on Instagram this week…

Read more
Thu, 11:11

This edition of Surrey Life features all the local ingredients to make this month special

Read more
Thu, 00:00

To mark the appointment of Peter Estlin, a former head boy at King Edward’s Witley, as new Lord Mayor of the City of London, Surrey Life has joined forces with the 400-pupil school to give away two tickets to the Lord Mayor’s Show on 10 November plus an overnight stay in London

Read more
Wed, 14:33

With The Great British Bake Off back on our screens the nation is falling in love with baking once again. Head pastry chef at Pennyhill Park, Sarah Frankland, tells us about what it takes to make it as a professional

Read more
Tue, 10:51

Wrap up in your favourite coat and scarf, grab your sparklers and a warming drink, and enjoy one of these fantastic firework displays taking place in Surrey for bonfire night

Read more
Tue, 10:49

Home to outstanding architecture, ambitious community projects and arts ventures that are putting these villages firmly on the map, East and West Horsley are among our county’s most desirable addresses

Read more
Tue, 10:43

Chertsey’s best-kept secret, the Great Cockcrow Railway, steamed into a half-century this year

Read more
Tue, 10:34

A taste of Korea has swept into the beautiful market town of Godalming as Bada sets out its stall with a tapas-style fusion of seafood, traditional dishes and spice

Read more
Mon, 16:06

With friendship as the central theme in Adele Parks’ new book, Zoe Richards met up with the bestselling author and her publisher, Kate Mills, to find out how these two Surrey dwellers have discovered a successful working relationship, and become firm friends too

Read more
Mon, 11:37

Great things to do in Surrey this weekend: art exhibitions, walks, concerts, theatre, places to visit and other events and ideas.

Read more
Mon, 00:00

As the twilight falls, the magic begins… There’s something for everyone at Christmas at Kew – and we’re giving you the chance to win one of five family tickets for two adults and two children to the Preview Night of Christmas at Kew on Wednesday 21 November 2018

Read more
Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Good table manners have long been a source of national pride but in this modern age of social media are our longstanding traditions being left behind? Rebecca Younger visits the stately Beaverbrook estate for a lesson in British etiquette

Read more
Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Whether you're looking for fine dining, pub grub or exotic dishes, eating out in Surrey has something for everyone. Here's our guide to the best local restaurants and pubs

Read more
Tuesday, October 9, 2018

The spookiest time of the year is fast approaching! We pick some of the best events to celebrate Halloween in Surrey

Read more

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Topics of Interest


Follow us on Twitter


Like us on Facebook

Subscribe or buy a mag today

subscription ad

Local Business Directory

Property Search