BBQ’s and Baby Q’s

Dean and I knew we would have to purchase a new BBQ for our travels.

When we downsized and moved out of our family home two years ago we also downsized our 4-burner family BBQ and purchased a 2-burner mini version of the model we’d owned for several years.

Alas, our 2-burner BBQ was simply too large to bring with us in the caravan and (slightly) reluctantly we headed out to purchase a BBQ more conducive to our soon to be nomadic life-style.  This BBQ had to be small, portable, of high standards and quality and (naturally) backed up with an appropriate manufacturers warranty.

After a little research and several days of scrutinising various sales reps, we made the decision to purchase a Weber Baby Q Special Model Q1200AU.  The special model has a higher dome on the lid – perfect for roasting – and a thermometer for keeping the temperature just right.

What a perfect purchase this has proved to be in less than one week.

I thought it would take me forever to learn how to cook on the Baby Q.  I thought our meals would be one disaster after another until I mastered the art of Weber cooking.  But (once again) I have not only amazed myself with what I’ve cooked, I’ve also caused Dean to ask:

“Who are you and what have you done with my wife?”

I have used the Baby Q to cook dinner four times in the last five days and that’s only because I wasn’t home on Saturday night to use it.

Pizza for DinnerDay 3 – Meat Lovers Pizza

I found a very simple dough recipe that requires only 1 cup of Greek Yoghurt and 1 cup of SR Flour.

I was a little sceptical, but the base cooked better than I could have imagined and the pizza terrific.  Topped with three types of meat, onion and of cause pizza sauce and cheese perhaps a little too much cheese so I’ll ease up on that next time.

Roast Chicken DinnerDay 5 – Roast Chicken Dinner

Cooking on a BBQ is one thing, using your BBQ as an oven is quite another and having never attempted this before, I did proceed with a little trepidation. But only a little :).

This was the best roast chicken dinner I have ever cooked. The chicken was so tender and juicy and although next time I’ll cut the veges smaller, they tasted so good – especially the beetroot.

Dinner cooked away while Dean and I watch the end of the big race.  As we sat in the cool shade of our annex, I’m not sure what was more exciting, the thrilling end to the Bathurst 1000 with Jamie Whincup running out of fuel in the last lap or the amazing smells coming from our Baby Q.

One thing is for sure, it hasn’t taken me long to get the knack of cooking on a Baby Q.  What a wonderful alternative to trying to get dinner cooked before turning the inside of our mini home into a sauna for two.

I can hardly wait for breakfast next Sunday morning – bacon and eggs Baby Q style.

Author: Clare

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2 thoughts

    1. Hey Sue, here is the pizza dough recipe:

      Two Ingredient Pizza Dough

      1. 1 cup of Greek Yoghurt
      2. 1 cup of Self-Raising Flour

      You will also need a little extra flour for dusting the board.

      Mix yoghurt and flour together in a bowl – it can take a little bit of elbow grease. Turn out onto a floured board or bench and knead for approx 5 or so minutes. If the dough is too sticky, add a little extra flour. The dough should be smooth and semi-firm. Press into a pizza tray – I used one that was 29 cm ($6 off the shelf at Woolies). Top with a filling and sauce of your choice and bake in a hot oven.

      It should be cooked in around 30 minutes (I think).

      Enjoy 🙂


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