There are certain things that scream barbecue when you hear them, like steak, burgers and lamb chops though there are others that just don’t. A good example of this is what I was asked to create for this post and quite honestly, even though I may have been a tad sceptical at first, the results below speak for themselves. Having done what I’m about to show you a few times and working out a tried and true approach, it has instantly become a hit and is now part of my repertoire.
The objective of this post is to turn your barbie into an outdoor oven, which is quite contrary to the sheer notion of barbecuing and to what I’ve been showing you over the past months. However, truth be told, if you have a grill with a hood, you DO have an outdoor oven as well! The trick is learning how to use the grill in that manner and how to take advantage of the grill for baking desserts and other baked goods that don’t need to be checked while you enjoy dinner with your guests. After all, isn’t the objective behind owning a barbecue to enjoy cooking outdoors?
The technique behind baking on the grill is very simple! If you’ve ever cooked bread or a pizza on the grill or on a pizza stone, you have essentially baked on a barbie. Using a slightly different technique, you can easily bake cakes, muffins, brownies (that we’ve done here) and pretty much anything else that you would normally bake in a conventional indoor oven. Keep it simple for the moment though as I can’t guarantee that a soufflé wouldn’t deflate the second you open the hood; they’re tricky enough to make in a normal oven!!!
The Simple Steps
- Bring your barbie up to temperature.
- Only open the hood slightly when placing what you’re baking on the grill, just enough to accommodate the dish or pan you’re using. This will limit the loss of heat in the “oven”.
- Use only indirect heat.
- Keep the barbie closed until the baking time is up.
- Test your baked goods while they’re still on the grill to ensure they’re done.
Let’s take a closer look using the Napoleon Lex, 4 burner barbie below as an example! Click HERE or on the image below to check out the range of Napoleon grills available on our website!
If you don’t have a 4 or 5 burner barbecue but a smaller 2 or 3 burner, don’t fret! The concept is the same however, you will only need one burner and will have to turn whatever you’re baking halfway through the cooking process a full 180º. If you prefer using a charcoal grill, you’ll need one that has a hood and it’s important to keep the coals to one side and what you’re baking to the other. Also ensure that the charcoal or briquets have turned completely white and are embers or the smell of smoke will ruin whatever sweet dish you’re baking!
Enjoy and happy grilling!