Yes, my first home-made / hand-made chicken barbecue.
Its awesome to cook your first barbecue and contrary to all assumptions, it very cheap!
When we think about barbecue the first thing that comes up to the mind is a big open hearth furnace and lots and lots of woods…well, that’s monstrous.
However, if you are planning to cook for yourself or four to five people in a family, then you may go for a Jug-gad (an Indian slang for indigenous solutions:p)
The Jug-gad I am talking about is this ..
Yes, you can modify your tin bucket to have a small vent door at bottom (for fuelling oxygen to the burning coal) and have a circular detachable cap with five iron rods (for staging the meat) from above. At a carefully adjusted height, the coal fuels up the whole thing from below.
This simple modification, turns out to be a great fuel saver! How?
Well, firstly the bucket shape arrests heat from escape or venting out..secondly, you can cook with less coal…and thirdly, its highly ergonomically, as you can use your old bucket as a best-out-of-waste solution!
Okay, now let’s turn to the actual part of cooking..
When you are cooking your first barbecue, make sure you lit all the coal into red hot before placing any meat on the grills, as the smoke plummeting from black coal can be a great appetite killer. It may take half-an-hour to 45 minutes (depending on wind speed and how good you are at blowing-in air) to lit all the coals into red hot. Mind you, all means all, no cheating here..all coal, each and every coal should turn red hot.
Then you need some kind of spatula to turn meat up-side-down frequently, if you forget, your meat would get roasted.
And yes, before placing the meat over the grill (I mean while your coal is getting red hot) you can use the time to marinate your meat by soaking it into curd, red chilly, garam masala (again an Indian slang for a powder-complex of all the thinkable spices) and little mustard oil and..oh yes, important of all, turmeric powder (for awesome colouration and taste)
That’s it, now you don’t need to get bored over the cooking process, as it may still take another 45-70 minutes for the meat to perfectly grill up..so, this is what we did.
Yo! we watched Jupiter with its five moons, of which four Galilean moons were neatly linearly-aligned below Jupiter’s belly and the fifth one was making a tangent on left of the fourth. It was spectacular to watch Jupiter as it was brightest on 6th Jan (yesterday night.) It’s like every 13 months Jupiter and earth have a close encounter, and that’s what was yesterday night about. Astronomers call it an opposition, because technically Jupiter is on opposite-side of Sun, which makes it brightly lit.
So, this was it..thank you for reading. Hope you enjoyed.