June 28, 2024

BBQ Tips for Grilled Flavorful Whole Fish

Grilling whole fish can be tricky, and sticky, but with these tips from Barret Black with Black’s Barbecue you’ll be your own backyard pitmaster in no time.

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BBQ Tips for Grilled Flavorful Whole Fish

Tips for Grilling Whole Fish

What’s the most flavorful way to grill a whole fish? Barrett Black is here to tell us his secrets to getting a perfectly grilled, full-flavor whole fish during this episode with Tanji Patton

The tip to grilling a whole fish begins with purchasing. Starting off at the supermarket or fish market, ask the fishmonger for help selecting a good, whole fish.  The fish should be descaled, but it’s good to scrape a bit more once you’re home, Barrett suggests. 

Once you’re ready to get cooking, it’s time to brine, season and finally grill.

Delicious grilled whole fish at home

Grilling whole fish at home doesn’t have to be daunting. Follow Barrett Black’s simple recipe and tips to get the best grilled whole fish.

It starts with a simple brine of beer and salt. Let the fish rest in the brine for about 15 minutes before patting dry. 

Next, salt the fish generously and stuff with aromatic herbs like rosemary, thyme, and cilantro, plus purple onions and citrus.  If you’re afraid of sticking, rub a light coating of oil onto the fish. 

Grilling is simple:  3-4 minutes on the hot side. If the fish is still sticking, wait another minute before flipping.

Why Brining is Important

Brining the fish is a crucial step in the grilling process. It not only adds flavor but also helps to keep the fish moist and tender. The beer and salt brine that Barrett Black recommends penetrates the fish, enhancing its natural flavors and ensuring that it remains juicy during grilling. Make sure to let the fish rest in the brine for about 15 minutes for the best results.

Choosing the Right Herbs and Aromatics

Stuffing the fish with aromatic herbs and ingredients is key to infusing it with flavor. Barrett suggests using rosemary, thyme, and cilantro, which add a fragrant, herbal note to the fish. Purple onions and citrus not only provide additional flavor but also help to keep the fish moist and tender. Don’t be afraid to experiment with other herbs and aromatics to find your perfect combination.

Mastering the Grill

The actual grilling process is where the magic happens. Make sure your grill is hot before placing the fish on it. A hot grill will help to sear the fish and prevent sticking. Grill the fish for 3-4 minutes on the hot side before attempting to flip it. If the fish is still sticking, give it another minute or so. Remember, patience is key. Following these grilling tips from Barrett Black will help you achieve a perfectly grilled, flavorful whole fish every time.

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