Thinking of doing a BBQ for Xmas lunch. Is this madness?

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We don't live in Australia but we think a BBQ lunch would be a larf. Are we crazed? If not - what should we cook?

hallowisitmeyourelookingfor Thu 07-Nov-13 21:39:39

BBQ is a great idea for Xmas day, but don't do a rank turkey! They are just like big chickens yes they are don't say they are lovely and a big chicken is a bit boring on Christmas day smile
I would love whatever someone cooked me on Christmas day though tbh, (well, maybe not turkey).
We use our bbq all year round though, cook whole chickens, legs of lamb, shoulders of pork and whatever. We marinade it the night before in whatever spices and then DP (who does most of the cooking) fires up the bbq and cooks. Takes hours to do something big but can be left relatively unattended for stretches of time.
I say do it.

Crutchlow35 Thu 07-Nov-13 21:30:09

I always roast meat on the BBQ. All year round and in Northern Scotland. Putting meat on the BBQ doesn't mean it Tastes like BBQ food. We have a special roaster for birds. A large chicken will roast in about an hour so quite a bit less than the oven.

girlywhirly Thu 07-Nov-13 15:17:05

Do chicken breasts and drumsticks, and pigs in blankets using larger sausages. It sounds fab!

I think this is a fabulous idea!

In fact, I am now vaguely considering doing it too. Some sort of meat that takes a long time (so doesn't involve one person standing outside constantly). DH also takes bbqing v. seriously, we did the whole chicken thing last summer which went down very well. I'm thinking maybe a rack of ribs might be nice. Then lots of veg and salads done inside.

We are not v. bothered about traditional Christmas food - we've had gulash, curry and fajitas over the years grin

Greensleeves Thu 07-Nov-13 13:34:00

Burgers for Christmas dinner? I'd cry shock

but it's your Christmas and your dinner, so have what you fancy!

Maybe a KFC family bucket then wink

We had Xmas in the sun last year and did a fab BBQ. Maybe I'm just trying to recreate some of that fun!

We wouldn't be eating outside I hasten to add. We're in the SE. Xmas day might be wet but generally speaking not too bad. DH would be outside (he's keen on the plan) and we have a big gazebo if needs be. We never have a completely trad Xmas lunch and neither did my folks. Nobody loves turkey and various other family members hate sprouts / bread sauce / Xmas pud etc. The ILs do and would see it as blasphemous to deviate.

my parents do a BBQ on New Years Day (in the north of Scotland shock) which is surprisingly good fun - wrap up in multiple layers and drink loads of wine and sit around the chiminea (sp?). They have a covered outdoor area though, so it's not standing out in the snow.

SwedishEdith Thu 07-Nov-13 13:10:40

Depend who's coming, I suppose. I wouldn't see it as a laugh at all, I'd be disappointed. But then I don't really see teh great appeal of bbqs so probably not the best to comment

Mintyy Thu 07-Nov-13 13:02:51

I would hate that if I were a guest, sorry.

Christmas comes but once a year and all that.

HotelTangoFoxtrotUniform Thu 07-Nov-13 12:59:36

We did a barbeque for a family Christmas get together a few years back which was a great success. We made kebabs of turkey and pigs in blankets and served them in pittas with bread sauce, thick gravy and stuffing. It was really easy and there was barely any washing up, which was a massive bonus!

Maryz Thu 07-Nov-13 12:59:31

Who is going to stand outside and do the cooking?

In the bitter cold, howling wind and pouring rain?

Unless you are married to littleomar's dh I can't see this working too well.

littleomar Thu 07-Nov-13 12:54:14

No it doesn't. I don't know. Have fun researching!

Hmm can't see my DH dedicating himself to the cause that much.

littleomar Thu 07-Nov-13 12:51:17

Off the top of my head 14 hours? In first thing, ate at 4, that sounds about right

DH's family are the same Passthesaltdear. That's why I do my damnedest not to have them for Christmas any more. We save that 'pleasure' for Boxing Day grin

littleomar Thu 07-Nov-13 12:49:53

No boning. It took a long time yes - I THINK he started the fire before we went to bed then set an alarm for early to put it in. Would have to check. There are loads of American blogs with how-to instructions. Some of them are revolting though eg kool-aid marinade

Passthesaltdear Thu 07-Nov-13 12:48:16

My family think having beef instead of turkey is crazy behaviour grin

littleomar Thu 07-Nov-13 12:46:33

Oh and to go with we did that thanksgiving sweet potato and marshmallows thing that sounds yuck. It's really nice!

So he didn't have to bone it first littleomar? Does it take ages?

Thanks 123 - will Google. God yes - tasty homemade burgers would be brilliantly simple but gorgeous.

littleomar Thu 07-Nov-13 12:44:41

Dh bbqd a turkey last year - we are in uk. Did everything else inside. Worked out really well and more oven space/less cleaning inside. Doing it again this year.

I should add dh pretty serious about BBQ. He brined it and did it whole in charcoal grill. Going to skip brining next time apparently.

Not massive turkey fans - although maybe a nice smoky flavour would change our minds wink

Haven't got a deep fryer.

Just thinking it would stop that revved up roast dinner sameness and generally be more fun. Can see that the DDs would get into it. My family would be bemused but ultimately probably enjoy.

I dunno. Maybe it's back to the roast ducks and standard fare plan....

123Jump Thu 07-Nov-13 12:40:40

Can I come?! Sounds great.
If you google BBC/FOOD they will have loads of BBQ ideas under 'Occasions'.
Also , ask your local independent butcher? He will be able to give lots of advice.

BBC, I just love a really good quality, home made BBQ burger....

scurryfunge Thu 07-Nov-13 12:39:05

Deep fry a turkey outside?

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