Heat, Meat and Cheat

Although our summer weather may not be perfect for barbecues, it doesn’t stop the British giving it a shot. For the summer of 2012, we’re telling you all the cheats on how to get best meats from your online butchers.

Pork: Chine Chop 
We’ve ordered our barbeque meats in order of price, and coming in at the cheapest is the £4.50 per cut chop. The best meat always has a bit of fat and this chop will assure you of that. For a oriental twist, marinate for 30 minutes in 1 tablespoon soysauce, 1 table spoon rice wine, 2 tablespoons sugar, ½ teaspoon salt, 1 tablespoon minced garlic, 1 egg and a dash of pepper. Serve with sweet potato and Zinfandel to finish off this simple meal.

Lamb: Breast
£6 per Kilo
The breast is nice and juicy due to the fat content- it’s a real treat for bone lovers. Marinate it in some fresh herbs then squeeze lemon over the meat. Although simple to make this meat takes around 2 hours to cook, but served with salad and Châteauneuf-du-Pape then the lamb’s worth the wait.

Pork: Belly Ribs
£6.50 per Kilo
Start by marinating the ribs in honey, BBQ sauce, ketchup and Worcestershire sauce (but feel free to not include specific sauces you’re not that keen on) and sprinkle with fresh rosmary leaves. If you’re on a barby with charcoal, you’ll need plenty as unfortunately pork takes more time than beef. Pooring more honey on the cooked pork will add a sweet aftertaste for the delicious dish.

Beef: Chuck Ribs
£8.50 per Kilo
Grab some water or stock and simmer the ribs for a couple of hours to make the meat soften and tender. You can then add a simple chimichurri sauce using olive oil, vinegar, parsley, paprika and lemon juice.

Beef: Feather Blade
£11.50 per Kilo
This is one of all meat eaters favourite steaks. It’s a cheap cut of meat at around two thirds of the cost of sirlon and is also one of the tastiest cuts of beef. It is highly regarded and when bought quite fatty and stewed makes a irresitable meal. As your cooking the steak, brush over a soy-based glaze with garlic, coriander, ginger, chillies, lime and sesame oil.

 

Pork: Steak/Chump
£12.50 per Kilo.
Pork steak is very quick to make, with this recipe only having a 15 minutes cooking time. Get your butcher to cut your chump into steaks then marinade them. A popular marinade is a mixture of herbs, lemon and olive oil but play around with the flavours you like the best. Add redcurrant jelly for a sticky edge

Beef: Bavette
£14.50 per Kilo.
Bavette is quick to prepare if your barbeque is as hot as you can get it. Grill the beef for around 5 or 6 minutes  on each side. This results in a robust beef flavour with texture. Slice, then fry some potatoes to make homemade chips or serve with sautéed potatoes.

Lamb: Best end chops
£24.50 per Kilo
Getting to the pricer meats now, these chops are quite expensive in comparison to the others. This doesn’t mean they aren’t worth the price though as when best end chops are served pink they will give impress and wow anyone who tastes them. Season with some salt, pepper, olive oil, garlic and rosemary

Beef: Rib-eye steak
£24.50 per Kilo
Although expensive, this meat has a beautiful amount of juices and can be cooked within 4-5 minutes. Add a seasoning of salt and pepper and serve with some grilled vegetables (we recommend mushrooms) and new potatoes.