Welcome to the latest issue of the Chargrill Chat.

Easter's not far away, the weather's improving, the outdoor grills and smokers are being dusted off, and barbecue season is under way. I'm often asked at about this time of year, How can I get more out of my barbecue cooking?"

I often find that people either have a grill that is not suited to their needs, or that they don't know how to use their equipment to get the best out if it. I've mentioned hooded grills a number of times before. What always surprises me is that most people don't know what the hood is for and they presume that it's to keep rain of the food! I'm going to cover choosing and using grills and smokers in future issues of the Chargrill Chat.

One of the easiest ways to improve your barbecue cooking is to use your own recipes. Last year I came across a recipe for a Top Secret Barbecue Sauce. In my opinion, a good barbecue sauce can make good barbecue food great barbecue food. I tried the top secret recipe and I can recommend it. Read about it below.

I've used it with homemade chilli burgers. An easy recipe and much better than store bought burgers. The recipe's included in this newsletter. If you're a real chille addict don't disgard the chille seeds. Just mix them in with the rest of the ingredients.

The last part of this newsleter is a link to beer can chicken racks that I'm selling on Ebay. I don't have many left, so if you live outside the U.S.A. it's a great chance to get one at a bargain price.


Top Secret Barbecue Sauce

There's nothing better than homemade barbecue sauce and there are literally hundreds of barbecue sauce recipes.

I've collected lots of them over the years, as well as making up a number of my own. When I do find a new recipe I like to try it out and then experiment withn it to come up with somethong of my own.

One recipe that I came across early last year was described as The Top Secret Barbecue Sauce Recipe. With a description like that, I had to try it out.

It's very good. I've made it quite a few times now and whenever I serve it, it always goes down well.

If you want to find out more about it, I've written a short review. Read it here.

P.S. I've included a recipe for chilli burgers below that the sauce goes well with.


Chilli Burgers with Barbecue Sauce

Traditional beefburgers with added chilli to give a bit of zing!


  • 2 pounds (900g) of minced beef
  • 2 medium red peppers, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 3 small red chillies, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced or very finely chopped
  • handfull of fresh basil, finely chopped
  • level teaspoon of ground cumin
  • salt to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste

To serve

  • Hamburger buns
  • Barbecue sauce

Serves: 6

Preperation: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

  1. Place all of the ingredients in a bowl and mix well together.
  2. With your hands, form the mixture into 6 burgers.
  3. Grill over a high heat for about 6 to 8 minutes on each side and until the burger cooked right through.
  4. Serve on hamberger buns with barbecue sauce. Try it with The Top sectret Sauce.

Barbecue Beer Can Chicken Racks

I mentioned in my last newsletter that I'd bought a batch of barbecue beer can chicken racks and was selling the last few on Ebay.

Because of the success of the last items that I put up for sale I've put another item up.

If you're living in the UK or mainland Europe you'll save about £10.00. To buy one from the USA costs about £16.00.

They're selling quite quickly and there are not very many left. So if you're interested you can find one up for sale on Ebay.

PS. I'm also including some recipes for using the beer can chicken rack in a conventional oven.


I hope that you enjoyed this issue of the Chargrill Chat.

I hope that you have a great Easter holiday.

See you in the next issue,



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