Now that’s it’s winter here in Australia and people are generally cooking a lot more casseroles, stews and soups, it occurred to me that slow-cook barbecuing could not only keep the internal fires burning, but help with the family wallet as well.
Who wants to do slow cooking inside when we can save money with low and slow barbecue for the winter, feeding that mouth-watering addiction we’ve got?
How Barbecuing can Save You Money
As you know, with your current supply of marinade and seasonings, you can slow cook on any type of BBQ. You can use this to your advantage by barbecuing less expensive cuts of meat that we normally use for stews and casseroles in winter.
Barbecuing can therefore save you lots of money, still provide a nourishing and scrumptious meal, and be lots more fun, too.
Here are some very affordable cuts of meat that lend themselves well to BBQ:
- Beef Chuck
- Beef Shanks
- Skirt Steak
- Beef Brisket
- Leg of Lamb Roast
- Whole Rump Roast
- Pork Shoulder
- Pork Leg
- Chicken Legs and Thighs
- Whole Chicken
Once you get the coals glowing or the gas fired up, you’ll already be looking forward to a delicious meal that would rival any expensive meal out in a restaurant.
You can also wrap up your veggies and toss them on the barbie side by side with the meat to save you money and time on cooking and clean up – fewer pots and pans, less water, and less detergent.
And you save on electricity because you don’t need your Slow Cooker.
No matter what your financial situation, BBQ offers a chance to do a basic meal with little prep time and very basic equipment. And kids love it.
Charcoal or Gas?
BBQ purists love using the perfect Charcoal BBQ for their winter season. And who can blame them with such a delicious array?
For example, the ingenious Napoleon Rodeo PRO Charcoal Kettle BBQ PRO22K-LEG offers the flexibility of searing directly over the coals (with or without smoky wood chips) or indirect grilling for fall-off-the-bone winter roasts. And with extras like a grill plate that can adjust to three different heights and a stainless steel diffuser to evenly distribute heat, you may never cook indoors again!
And for gas enthusiasts, the array includes those made of marine grade 316 stainless steel that won’t rust outside, such as the Galleymate 1000 Gas BBQ. If that doesn’t tickle your fancy, there’s a full range of gas BBQs as well.
How Barbecuing can Boost Your Spirits
Everyone knows that staying inside all the time can dampen your spirits. When you’re outside on the balcony or patio barbecuing your favorite winter recipes, your spirits will feel invigorated.
There’s something brilliant about the bracing cold air, the fresh feeling of being outside with Mother Nature, and rugging up for the cold in general. Even just going outside for a few minutes to check the food gives you a surprising boost.
A second boost is knowing that you’re giving your family the very best BBQ recipes and saving cash at the same time.
Enjoy good fellowship and cheer up your chilly days with cost-saving, delicious meals that come straight off the barbie. It’s the best comfort food there is.