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Although this site has lots of BBQ recipes which give full preparation details and cooking times, below are some charts showing general cooking times and methods for a variety of items in the unlikely event that you haven't found a recipe on this site which grabs you

 

Please note timings are approximate as it depends on the heat of your coals and portion sizes, but if you stick to these guidelines, you should get perfectly cooked, succulent food from your barbecue.  See don't forget to take a look our general tips on barbecuing , recipes and bbq equipment pages - use the red links at the top of this page. We have all the information you'll ever need to cook the perfect bbq.

 

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NB Where two types of heat are shown e.g. hot/med, the food should be started over hot coals then if necessary, moved towards the outside of the bbq grill which is generally cooler and less fierce, to finish cooking thus preventing  too much charring. See Cooking, Planning & Safety Tips for detailed information about lighting and positioning bbq coals.  Under normal circumstances, this applies to cooking times of more than 10 minutes.

BBQ Cooking Times Chart - On the Grill

Food Cut Size/thickness Heat Approx Total Cooking time (mins)
        Rare Medium Well-done
Beef Burgers 2cm/ ¾-inch hot/med 6-8 9-10 12-15
  Joints     See Spit Roasting chart below
  Skewers 2.5cm/1-inch hot 6-8 10-15 15-20
  Steak 2.5cm/1-inch hot/med 6-8 10-15 15-20
Chicken Breast (boneless)   med     18-22
  Breast (bone-in)   med     25-30
  Burgers 2cm/ ¾-inch med     15-18
  Drumsticks   med     25-30
  Poussin Spatchcocked med     25-30
  Quarters   med     30-35
  Skewers 2.5cm/1-inch med     13-15
  Whole     See Spit Roasting chart below
Duck Breast (boneless)   med     15-20
  Half   med     35-45
Fish Fillets 2cm/ ¾-inch med     6-10
  Skewers 2.5cm/1-inch med     6-10
  Steaks 2.5cm/1-inch med     8-12
  Whole - large over 2kg/5lb med/low 10mins per 2.5cm/1-inch thickness
  Whole - medium under 900g/2lb hot/med     12-20
  Whole - small e.g. Sardines hot/med     6-10
Fruit Chunks (Foil Parcels) 5cm/2-inch med/low     7- 10
  Large  e.g. peaches Halved med/low     5-10
  Skewers 2.5cm/1-inch med/low     5-8
Lamb Burgers 2.5cm/1-inch hot/med 6-8 9-11 12-15
  Chops 2.5cm/1-inch hot/med 8-10 12-15 18-20
  Joints     See Spit Roasting chart below
  Leg Steaks 2cm/ ¾-inch hot/med 5-7 8-10 14-18
  Skewers 2.5cm/1-inch hot 6-8 9-11 12-15
Pork Burgers 2cm/ ¾-inch med     15-18
  Chops 2.5cm/1-inch hot/med     18-20
  Joints     See Spit Roasting chart below
  Sausages Thick hot/med     8-12
  Skewers 2.5cm/1-inch hot/med     13-15
  Spare Ribs   med     30-40
Seafood Calamari (squid) Baby cut open hot     3-4
  Calamari (squid) Baby stuffed hot/med     10-12
  Lobster Half med/low     15-20
  Prawns - In shell Large med     6-8
  Prawns - shelled Large med     4-5
  Scallops/Mussels whole shelled med     5-8

Food Cut Size/thickness Heat Approx Total
Cooking time (mins)
Vegetables          
  Chunks (Foil Parcels) 5cm/2-inch med/low     7- 10
  Corn  Cobs Whole med     8-10
  Halves  e.g. tomato,  courgette med/low     5-10
  Skewers 2.5cm/1-inch med/low     5-8
  Slices  e.g. Aubergine,  Peppers med/low     3-5
    See also direct on coals chart below

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BBQ Cooking Times Chart - Spit Roasting

Food Cut Size Heat Approx Total Cooking time (Hours)
        Rare Medium Well-done
Beef Rolled Rib 2.2kg/5lb hot/med 2 - 2½ 2½  - 3 3¼  -  4
  Rolled Rump 2.2kg/5lb hot/med 1½  - 2 2¼ - 3 3 - 4
  Sirloin 2.2kg/5lb hot/med 1¼  - 1¾ 2¼ - 3 3 - 4
Chicken Whole 1.5kg/3½lb med     1¼  - 1¾
Game birds Whole 450g/1lb med     30-40 mins
Lamb Leg 1.8kg/4lb med 1 - 1¼ 1½  - 2 2½  - 3
  Rolled Shoulder 1.8kg/4lb med 1 - 1¼ 1½  - 2 2½  - 3
Pork Boneless joints 1.8kg/4lb med     2 - 3
  Rib Joint 1.8kg/4lb med/hot     1½ - 1¾ 

BBQ Cooking Times Chart - Directly on the Coals

Food

Cut

Size

Heat

Approx Total Cooking time (Mins)

             

Fruit in foil
parcels

Chunks

5cm/2-inch

low

 

8-12

 
 

Large

Halves/whole

low

 

10-15

 

Vegetables
in loose foil parcels

Chunks/slices

5cm/2-inch

low

 

8-12

 

Vegetables tightly wrapped in foil

corn on the cob

Potatoes

Whole

Medium Whole

low

med/low

 

10-15

35-40

 

Misc

           

Garlic Bread

wrapped in foil

whole

med/low

 

12 - 15

 

 

Always check  to see that the food is cooked through

 

 

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