Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Best Barbecued Meat and Homemade Barbecue Sauce (Jamie Oliver)

I really have to believe Jamie Oliver whenever he claims that this is his best or perfect recipe. Of all, I have tried cooking his best barbecued meat and homemade barbecue sauce and his perfect basic bread. I'm very satisfied with his best barbecued meat and homemade barbecue sauce which is really a great hit but disappointed with his perfect basic bread which is as not ideal as I expected.

In regardless, I would strongly recommend this Jamie Oliver's best barbecued meat and homemade barbecue sauce recipe. Jamie has cleverly designed this recipe to barbecue various types of larger cuts so that the larger cuts would be nicely cooked being golden and crispy on the outside and moist and well-flavored in the inside. What this recipe does is to cook the meat through in the oven first and then finish it off on the barbecue. Instead of using the barbecue, I have cooked mine using the oven grill to give it a nice barbecue-like finish.

Plus, Jamie's homemade barbecue sauce is really really GOOD! It's a REAL "luxurious" kind of barbecue sauce with a great combination of best ingredients and spices... Just the sauce itself can be very delicious to eat with plain bread. Unfortunately, I didn't manage to capture a picture of my plain bread dipping the barbecue sauce... I was too busy eating. Ops!

best BBQ homemade barbecue sauce Jamie Oliver

Making the homemade barbecue sauce
This sauce is really really really GOOD!
The meat has a nice barbecue-like finish and moist and tender inside.

Here's the recipe from Food Network
(with my modification and notes in blue)

For the marinade:
1 heaped tsp cumin seeds
2 tbsp fennel seeds
5 cloves
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Bunch fresh thyme or lemon thyme, leaves picked
(Proud to say that I've used my home grown lemon thyme :D)
Bunch fresh rosemary, leaves picked, a few whole sprigs reserve
(I've used my home rosemary too :D)
1 orange, zested and juiced
1 bulb garlic, broken into cloves and peeled
4 heaped tsp sweet smoked paprika (the sweet Hungarian type)
6 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup organic tomato ketchup
8 tbsp olive oil
10 bay leaves
1 (3-pound) free-range or organic chicken, spatchcocked or 1 (7-pound) leg of lamb, on the bone, slashed evenly 1/4-inch deep or 4 1/4 pounds pork rib racks
(I've used 2 kg of pork rib racks)


Preheat your oven to 350°F (or 160°C fan forced) and light your barbecue about 40 mins later.

To make your marinade, grind the cumin seeds, fennel seeds and cloves in a pestle and mortar with some salt and pepper. Chop the thyme and rosemary leaves, orange zest and garlic together finely. Put into a bowl with the ground spices, then add the rest of the marinade ingredients and mix together.

Rub your chosen meat all over with the marinade, really getting it into all the nooks and crannies and, in case of the lamb, the slashes. Place the meat in a snug-fitting roasting pan, top with any leftover marinade and cover loosely with aluminum foil. Bake the meat in the preheated oven until sweet and tender. This will take 1 1/2 hrs for the pork ribs (I did mine for 1 hr 45 min, baking the ribs in a roasting pan covered with a fitting lid. The longer baking time is preferred too because we like the ribs to be well done.) and the lamb (but if you like your lamb pink, it will only need 1 hour), and 1 hour and 20 minutes for the chicken.

Now you're going to finish your meat on a medium hot barbecue. Place it carefully on the bars of the barbecue and sear it well on 1 side, then turn it over. While it's cooking, use your reserved rosemary sprigs to baste the meat with the sticky juices from the bottom of the roasting pan. Keep turning and brushing the meat until you've built up a lovely sticky, charred crust, then take it off the barbie and rest it on a serving dish for a few min. Meanwhile, pop your roasting pan on the barbie or over a gas burner and let the juices reduce a bit.
(Using an oven grill, I grilled the meat uncovered for 5 min at 180°C fan forced with top grill for each side and finished off with its top side uncovered at 180°C fan forced with no top grill for another 10 min. While grilling the meat, I had reduced the sauce separately in the oven on a lower shelf.)

Cut the pork into individual ribs, carve the leg of lamb into slices or tear the chicken into pieces, and serve with a bowl of the lovely marinade juices from the roasting pan.

Happy Baking
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  1. Drooling endlessly! I just love the look of this bbq meat, it's so perfectly even in color!

  2. Wah Zoe, this is good!!! im sure my hb will love this meat dish v v much:)) hope to try it some day:)

  3. wow...i love BBQ meat. I have all the ingredients in my fridge now, haha...
    Definately will give it a try. Thanks for sharing this recipe :)

  4. I had watch his show on this BBQ sauce. His BBQ meat turns out really great. I'm not making it because is quite difficult and expensive to get the fresh herbs that he used. I'm sure your family very enjoy your BBQ pork ribs :)

  5. Incredible sauce prefect for bbq, the meat makes me drool..

  6. That sauce looks amazing, love the pics of the ingredients. I like Janie's recipes too, I made a lamb dish of his years ago and it has become a family favorite.

  7. I love Jamie Oliver, he's one of the chefs I admire for their authenticity and fail-proof recipes.
    I have never made this bbq sauce and here in the Northern hemisphere is bbq time.
    I'm so happy to have found your blog, Zoe and thanks for stopping by mine!

  8. wow, this is fantastic!!seriously, this looks so good and i see the whole bunch of ingredients there for the sauce, must be really finger licking ribs!!

  9. I take your word for it ! lol Really looks mouthwatering ! Another must try recipe , esp the fabulous bbq sauce :D Btw , would you mind throwing some of that homegrown thyme and rosemary ?! lol

  10. Can't help looking and admiring at the piece of roast pork. Yum!

  11. Zoe, This meat looks so juicy, tasty and delicious! :)

  12. Oh this looks wonderful, the sauce sounds full of flavor and the meat looks so moist - ohh I'd like to get my teeth into it!!
    Mary oxo

  13. Perfection in meat my friend, absolutely stunning :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  14. A good barbeque sauce is good on just about anything.

  15. Hi Zoe, thanks for visiting my blog. Appreciate your comment.

    Btw, I love bbq meat. Yours make me droling. hahaha!

  16. Zoe, FedEx the balance to my address please! Much Thanks!

  17. Hi Zoe, thanks for dropping by at my blog as well as the follow. I have also added you to my blogroll - would love to read more of your recipes and enjoy your beautiful photos. :)

    Will look through Jamie's recipes this weekend and hopefully try and cook something nice!

  18. I totally believe you! KIVing this awesome looking recipe! THanks.

  19. Oh cool! I loooovvvveee BBQ sauce! I think I need to make some myself too. Looking at your tender pork just makes my mouth water!

  20. Wow all looks so professionally made and really yummy!

  21. Zoe,I'm going to mark down this recipe as my whole family loves BBQ food just can't decide which meat to be used,hahaha!Clever pick!

  22. This looks fantastic! I've (surprisingly) never barbequed before! It's always raining here, so it is usually out of the question. It's sunny today though, maybe I now know what I'm doing for dinner!

  23. oh wow, that sounds like an incredible sauce! yum!

  24. I can almost taste how good it is just by looking at the photographs. It may or may not be the best as it claims but I know this is going to be smashing. Bookmarking for the weekend. I'm hoping I get everything right. Cheers for sharing!

  25. Zoe, this BBQ sauce sure looks and sounds so tasty...the color of the meat is just perfect!
    Have a great weekend :)

  26. tempting indeed...mouthwatering dish & the clicks!

  27. I can't stop salivating Zoe! The bbq meat looks incredibly delicious! Ahh it's gonna make my day if I can only have a piece of it...!

  28. I'm always so impressed when people make their own BBQ sauce- looks great!

  29. Well if it tastes as good as it looks then I bet it is perfect!

  30. Hey Zoe, I've nominated you for another award. Check out today's post on my blog for details. Congratulations!

  31. Hi Zoe, Just to let you know I've submitted my first entry for your blog hop. Thanks very much for organising this!

  32. nice posting. thanks for sharing