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Many of our customers would associate portable BBQs with direct grilling only; steaks, sausages and the like – cooked quickly on super hot grates. Now a Q is perfect for this - cast iron grates are excellent conductors but with the right kit you can use the indirect method too for perfectly cooked joints, whole Fish, Chickens are many other larger cuts. You can even bake.
Simply put, the indirect method transforms your grill into an oven.
We’re going to show you how; in this article we’re using the Weber Q2200 Portable Gas BBQ – the very first thing you need to do before we get started is to hook up your gas, fire it up and clean the cooking grates.
Turn the burners on full and close the lid; the temperature should rocket up past 200c in 5-10 minutes. This will sterilise the cooking grates and turn any fat/residue from your last cook to ash.
Now use a good Quality T-Brush to scrape the grates clean.
To cook indirectly you need to elevate your joint away from those super conductive cast iron grates – the Weber Q Small Roast Rack does just that and helps prevent the outside of your meat from burning before the centre has had a chance to cook through.
The second item we suggest is the Weber Q Small Roasting Shield which acts to deflect much of the heat from the burner tubes beneath the cooking grates. This deflected heat is pushed up, around and over the joint much in the same way your convection oven does at home.
So with two relatively inexpensive accessories you can transform the cooking potential of your portable BBQ from basics like sausages and burgers to seriously impressive BBQ fare like pulled pork joints and whole chickens!
With the two accessories in place all you need to do now is add your joint atop the rack; regulate the temperature as you would with your oven at home using the control dial and get cooking.
We've used a shop bought pre-prepared pork shoulder to show you how quick, simple and easy it is to do Indirect Cooking on your BBQ. It took us just over an hour from firing up the gas to tucking into some seriously tasty pork!