King bbq buffet royal city

Royal-warrant butcher Donald Russell tells Gentleman"s Journal what cuts, chops, steaks & sausages will bring majesty lớn your meals this summer


Everyone loves a family BBQ — even the most famous family in the world. And, as we head into lớn a summer in which we’re likely khổng lồ be forced lớn BBQ with only the family already in our households, we’re willing lớn bet the royals are even more excited than the rest of us to lớn fire up the grill. But what makes a BBQ a royal BBQ? How can you sprinkle a little more sovereignty onlớn your grill this summer — & make your mealtimes even more majestic?

We asked royal-warrant butcher Donald Russell what cuts it would suggest to customers who want to barbecue lượt thích a king; we discovered who eats what from the Queen’s former private chef; and we found the best tools for the job from the Royal Warrant Holders Association.

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Firstly, find a suitably stately spot for your BBQ

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The barbecuer-in-chief of the royal clan is Prince Philip, according lớn Queen Elizabeth’s former private chef, Darren McGrady. The patriarch is always keen to get behind the grill, but apparently appreciates that al fresteo dining isn’t suited to every royal residence.

You won’t smell a barbecue at Buckingtê mê Palace, for example — or see smoke curling up over Sandringđắm say. Instead, the royals tend to lớn gather around the grill at Balmoral Castle, the monarchy’s Scottish estate. And it makes sense; Aberdeenshire is known for its unique beef and, as McGrady reveals, Prince Philip enjoys cooking saltháng caught in one of the three beats of the nearby River Dee.


So what chops, steaks và sausages vì the royals grill on these Balmoral barbecues? We turned khổng lồ royal warrant butcher Donald Russell to lớn ask what cuts are worthy of king — and how the sovereignty stocks up for summer.

When it comes to lớn steaks — Prince Philip is allegedly a particular người of ducal-peppered Steak Diane — go for minute ribeyes or rumps và sirloin sandwich steaks. When choosing chops, opt for marinated pork chops or the decadent double-sided Barnsley lamb chop. Pork ribs are also a royal favourite, as are spiced lamb koftas — và, of course, the good old standbys of beef burgers và pork sausages.


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Despite gas — và even electric barbecues — firing up a following, it should come as no surprise that the royals are traditionalists when it comes khổng lồ cooking. “It cannot be denied,” says Eddie McDonald of Donald Russell, “that the aroma of a coal barbecue is the ultimate summertime smell — and adds a fantastic smoky flavour.”

Choose charcoal, then, to lớn imitate the royals. And, even though the Duke of Edinburgh’s Balmoral grill was famously a barbecue of his own thiết kế, there are plenty of royal warrant holders from whom you can buy aristocracy-approved cooking equipment.

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So why not start with a barbecue from John Lewis, which has long held a warrant for supplying household goods khổng lồ the monarchy’s many residences? Next tool up with Asprey — which has held its own warrant for silversmithing since 1982.


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“For the steaks,” says McDonald, “take them out of the fridge và packaging for a minimum of trăng tròn minutes to come up lớn room temperature and to bloom — a chef’s term for taking the air, regaining colour và delivering a better depth of flavour. Brush over with rosemary or garlic infused oil for some extra flavour, sear well to lớn build the caramelisation, then cook for a couple of minutes on each side, depending on the thickness và cooking preference. And, perhaps most importantly, rest well.”

For the burgers, Donald Russell recommends making a dent in the centre with your thumb before cooking them — lớn keep them nice and flat. And, if you’ve got a guest danh mục of royal proportions, initially cook your sausages, ribs & koftas in the oven — before giving a majestic, fiery show when you finish them off on the grill.

And that, in a haze of heady marinades, tasty smells và sausage-y smoke, is that. Follow these royal-warranted tips and you’ll soon be crowned king of your very own BBq. Long live the grill.


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