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BBQ Tips & Shane Delia's BBQ Recipe

January 30, 2014
BBQ Tips & Shane Delia's BBQ Recipe

Shane Delia’s Sour Cherry Barbecue Sauce

Ingredients Needed:

  • 125 ml (½ cup) tomato ketchup
  • 125 ml (½ cup) water
  • 125 ml (½ cup) apple cider vinegar
  • 45 g brown sugar
  • 45 g caster sugar
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp mustard powder
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 200 ml sour cherry juice
  • 150 g pitted sour cherries, drained, blended to a purée

To make the sour cherry barbecue sauce, combine all the ingredients, except the puréed cherries, in a medium saucepan.

Bring the mixture to the boil, reduce the heat to a strong simmer and cook, stirring frequently, for 30–35 minutes or until thickened to a sauce consistency.

Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir through the puréed sour cherries. Allow to cool, then refrigerate until required.

The secret is to serve the Sour Cherry BBQ sauce alongside some Kewpie Mayo (available at all good supermarkets).

To keep up to speed with Shane and all his amazing recipes, visit:

Twitter @shanedelia

BBQ Hints & Tips


If Australia Day has a national dish, it would absolutely have to come from the BBQ.

There is no type of cooking that is more embraced throughout this country than the faithful barbie, and we hazard a guess that every second home would fire theirs up on Australia Day.

Whether you’ve got a backyard game of cricket on the go, you’re listening to JJJ’s Hottest 100, or friends are over for an all-day feast; whatever the Australia Day celebration, there’s a mighty fine chance the barbie is keeping you fuelled for the day!

And why not - cooking on the barbie is practical.

You can be outdoors enjoying the weather, watching the kids muck around, relaxing with friends and still get the cooking done.

It’s versatile – gone are the days when all the BBQ saw was some snags, chops and prawns.

Cooking BBQ style is serious business and the number of recipes is endless.

It’s also great for keeping inside the house clean (because you’re cooking outside the house!), especially if you’re cooking with fish or other goods that can leave odours hanging around for some time after.

But the hard-working BBQ needs love and attention so that it can continue to churn out some of the most memorable meals this summer.

Here we look at how you can keep your barbie spick and span and performing at its optimum.

The Brand Spanking New Barbie

You can’t resist.

You’re heading out to get yourself a new BBQ for this summer.

Keep a few things at top of mind when you bring it back home:

  • Follow the steps set out by the manufacturer.
  • Don’t take detours or veer off the assembling instructions. Follow them carefully and then just do a final check make sure everything is in place and tightly assembled before you start cooking. It’s a good idea to get into this habit pre-cook every time.

BBQ Safety Checks

The BBQ is a serious piece of cooking equipment and appropriate safety checks should be conducted regularly – most especially if your barbie has been dormant over the colder months and you’re now ready to fire it up.

  • Is everything tight? As mentioned earlier, just go over all your connections before any cooking session and make sure everything is in place and tightly connected.
  • Gas cylinder. If your cylinder is more than a decade old or if it’s been damaged in some way, then the golden rule is to never refill it. Exchange it at a reputable supplier. Also go over the hose and make sure it is in good condition. A good way to do this is to spray soapy water over the hose and the regulator. If you see bubbles form, it means gas is escaping. If that’s the case, turn the gas off and consult a gas-fitter. This is another check you should be performing before each cooking session.
  • Get the right gas. You would never fill a diesel car with petrol, or vice-versa. The same pretty much goes in the world of BBQs.
  • Make sure your barbie is out in the open. The very nature of BBQs is that they’re made for cooking in the great outdoors. They need proper ventilation and can be dangerous if used indoors or in confined spaces. Absolutely never use a barbie in your home, your garage and most definitely not in your caravan or tent.
  • How’s the wind? If it’s too windy then it’s not safe to BBQ – burners may blow out and cause a gas leak.
  • Fire danger? If you have an open flame then you may not be permitted to use your barbie on certain days of fire danger. Jump online and check what the local authorities are advising.

Get Your BBQ Gear On

  • We’re not necessarily referring to Uncle Kevin’s image of a naked David statue, or a Kath and Kim naughty number (although let’s face it, these pretty much are BBQ uniform). Wear an apron to not only protect your clothes, but also yourself from anything spitting back off the barbie.
  • Use the right cooking utensils that have been designed for this type of cooking – more often than not they allow plenty of space between you and the BBQ so chances of spitting fats hitting you are minimised.

Keep the BBQ Clean

You might not be able to keep the jokes from tipsy relatives clean, but you can keep your barbie pretty spotless.

There are certain cleaning procedures you should carry out on your BBQ at different frequencies.

Some people like to clean their barbie in warm soapy water, whilst others prefer a 50/50 solution of water and white vinegar.

Every time you use your BBQ you should:

  • Remove all excess fat. This not only maintains your BBQ and BBQ safety, but helps minimise the chance of critters visiting for a feed when it’s not in use.
  • Pre-heat the grill. This helps cook your produce more effectively but also helps to clean the equipment before food touches it.
  • Brush the cooking grates to remove any excess fats and spray them lightly with canola oil.

Every dozen or so times you use your BBQ you should:

  • Cooking grates should be removed and cleaned on both sides.
  • Brush out the inside of the grill. It’s fine if this all falls into the drip pan because the next step is to:
  • Clean out and replace the drip pan.
  • Once everything is cleaned and returned to place, turn the barbie on and let it heat for 10 or so minutes just to make sure everything’s in fine order and no smoking occurs.

Using your BBQ once to twice a year you should:

  • Follow the same steps as you would for your ‘every dozen or so’ clean, as well as:
  • Whilst accessories are soaking/ removed – turn on the burners and watch them. Are the flames clean and orderly? If so, great. If not, it normally means your burners need a good clean, too. This is pretty straight-forward; just grab a bit of wire or a pipe cleaner and push it through the holes in the side. Tap on the burners so that any grime etc falls away. You may need to go through this process twice until the flames burn evenly again.
  • Close the grill and give its exterior a wash.

We love a National Holiday and they don’t come much better than Australia Day.

Get out there and enjoy the weather, the serenity and the barbie.

And if you want something pretty memorable on your plate, you can’t go past talented Aussie Shane Delia’s Sour Cherry Barbecue Sauce.

Cue the good times – Happy Australia Day.

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