Temps are heating up and if your kitchen gets mega hot when baking in the summer, then why not switch to baking on your BBQ? You may think that baking on the grill would be a nightmare with temperature control and possible scorching but with a few tips and dedicated recipes here to guide you, you’ll be a grilling guru in no time. Do you know what else makes baking on the BBQ easier? Baking mixes that are specially formulated for baking on the grill. In fact, former Top Chef Canada competitor Jo Notkin has just come out with her own line of baking mixes, under the Zoe Ford brand that are made just for your BBQ.
“Canadians have been cooped up all winter so I decided to create a line of baking mixes that would allow people to bake delicious food and treats outdoors – the BBQ isn’t just for meat and veggies anymore!” said Jo Notkin. “Lots of people have taken up (or increased their) baking during the pandemic, and with my new BBQ Baking Mix line they won’t have to give up that up because they’d prefer to be outside soaking up the sunshine.’
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Wondering how to bake on the grill? Keep reading for Jo’s pro tips and her recipe for BBQ Cinnamon Rolls!
Your best results will be on a 3- or 4-burner gas BBQ with a middle burner that can be turned off as needed.
Use cookware dedicated to BBQ baking. Jo suggests thick, restaurant-quality bakeware (available at restaurant-supply retailers). Do not use your best pans, or coated or non-stick bakeware.
Follow the exact temperatures in the recipes and learn how to maintain a steady temperature. Once your BBQ is preheated, turn the knobs slightly, and open and close the lid, as needed to reach the recipe baking temperature. Where do the knobs need to be to hold that temperature? All BBQs vary, so practice makes perfect!
Use parchment paper where noted. Do not use waxed paper because it will melt and do not use foil as it can vary the results.
Use your intuition! Baking times vary widely from BBQ to BBQ — suggested times can vary by 7 to 8 minutes — and baking in a gas BBQ requires some good old-fashioned intuition to know when an item is done or when it needs more time.
Jo’s BBQ baking mixes should only be used with a gas BBQ (never charcoal).
Here’s how to make Jo’s BBQ Cinnamon Roll recipe!
- Jo’s BBQ Cinnamon Roll Baking Mix
- ¾ cups of cold unsalted butter cut into small cubes (can also use a dairy-free alternative)
- 2 tbsp butter for greasing pan
- 1 cup of buttermilk, cream, or milk alternative
- Preheat gas BBQ to 425 F
- Remove sugar package from mix package
- Set aside 2 tbsp of baking mix to flour the dough and work surface as needed
- Grease 12-cup muffin pan well, using 2 tbsp butter
- In a food processor, pulse cold butter and baking mix until butter is in pea-sized pieces; transfer to a large bowl
- Stir in buttermilk/cream until combined (if too dry, add 1-2 tbsp more milk
- Press dough into a ball that just sticks together
- On lightly floured cutting board, press ball into rectangle and fold over; repeat two more times, using the reserved mix as needed
- Roll out dough into an approximate 15 x 9-inch rectangle
- Sprinkle evenly with the package of cinnamon sugar
- Starting at the long edge, tightly roll up dough and slice into 12 equal pieces, place in prepared muffin cups swirl side up
- Baking in gas BBQ with the lid closed about 18-24 minutes or until tops are golden and centre is not too soft
Ingredients for frosting glaze:
- 1 cup confectioners sugar, sifted
- 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
- 2 tablespoons milk or dairy alternative
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract or other flavourings
- Blend the milk and vanilla and add in the salt and confectioners sugar
- Stir well to remove lumps
- Add a few drops of milk if too thick or 1-2 tbsp confectioners sugar if too thin
- Drizzle over semi-warm buns and serve immediately
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