#1 Provide sufficient wood
Before the party can start, it is best to check whether you have enough wood and especially enough dry wood. With damp wood, barbecuing does not go as well and a lot of smoke is created. And isn't that something we prefer to avoid? Dried beech or oak wood is best, because it burns up into a mass of coals that heats up the cooking plate optimally. Then again, pine and pallet wood are best avoided as they can develop a toxic smoke. Stack the logs up to 10 centimetres below the top of the wood storage in the Nestor and always put them with the bark facing upwards.
#2 Get delicious ingredients in house
With a BBQ party comes good food, of course! Make sure you have thought about what you want to prepare beforehand. We are already fans of the following recipe with stuffed peppers, baby potatoes and chicken fillets.
Ingredients for 4 people:
- 4 peppers
- 4 balls of burrata
- 1 kg unpeeled baby potatoes
- 4 chicken breast fillets
- Chili flakes
- Fresh garden herbs
- Garlic powder
- Pepper and salt
Light the Nestor with some dry logs, some kindling and some kindling wood wool. Start your fire in the centre of the barbecue.
When the wood burns well, spread the hot mass under the edges of the cooking plate. Add some more new wood and wait a while for the cooking plates to heat up properly. Be sure to watch our video to easily light the Nestor.
While the Nestor is heating up, hollow out the peppers and fill each one with a ball of burrata. Next, pour some sunflower oil on the cooking plates and place the chicken fillets on top. Top these with fresh garden herbs, such as rosemary, oregano, thyme and with salt and pepper. While grilling, always add enough oil to the cooking plates. This will ensure that their lifespan is extended and that your ingredients are less likely to stick.
After this, also place the baby potatoes on the Nestor. Remove the stalks from the rosemary and then sprinkle the rosemary and garlic powder over the baby potatoes. Finally, place the stuffed peppers on the BBQ. Top these with chilli flakes. Turn everything regularly using Barbecook grill tongs.
#3 Safety first
The Nestor BBQ gets very hot both on the inside and outside. Therefore, it is best to keep children and pets at a safe distance from the appliance. An accident happens quickly and prevention is better than cure! Never leave the Nestor unattended either. So if you get thirsty, it is better to ask someone else to go get that nice beer or fresh lemonade. Better safe than sorry! Finally, it is also important to always use firelighters that are approved according to the European Standard (EN 1860-3), such as those from Barbecook. Then you can be sure that they are safe to use and of good quality!
#4 Clean everything back up before your next BBQ
To make your next barbecue party equally unforgettable, proper cleaning of your barbecue is a must. In this blog post, you'll find all kinds of tips on how to get your Nestor BBQ spick and span again! Afterwards, you can choose to put the Nestor cover plate on top. Good luck!