BBQ Bread

BBQ, Bread, BBQ Bread, Lemon Thyme

A few months ago our oven went kaput. This put us in a difficult situation. Do we buy a new oven now whenwe're planning on renovating the kitchen in the near future? Or do we stick the summer out and use our BBQ and smoker as much as we can? Not having an oven makes baking difficult, but I got my thinking cap on and tried something I've never done before... bake using the BBQ. I'm happy to report that my results were stellar! 

Turing your BBQ into a oven is easy! All you need to do is turn on one side of the BBQ, with the lid closed and get the temperature up 350 degrees. Place your bread pan on the side of the BBQ where the burners are turned off. This seemed to work really well for me, the only difference was that I used a cast iron pot, but I'm sure any old bread pan would do. Take a look at how mine turned out, I personally think it turned out well. What do you think? 

BBQ Bread

5 Cups Flour
1 1/2 Cups Water (room temperature) 
2 Tablespoons Sugar
1/4 cup Water (room temperature)
2 1/2 Tablespoons Active Dry Yeast or 5 Tablespoons
harvested cider yeast
1 Teaspoon Salt
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil

Herb Oil Ingredients:
Mix together, 
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1 Garlic clove, Minced
1 Tablespoon Lemon Thyme, Minced
Salt and Pepper to taste

Take yeast (doesn't matter if its the dry yeast or cider yeast), 2 tablespoons of sugar and 1/4 cup water and mix together to activate. Let stand for 5 min. 

In a large mixing bowl take the rest of the dry ingredients and mix together. In another bowl add wet ingredients and mix well. Stir yeast mixture in with wet ingredients and add in 3 cups of flour and begin to mix in the flour until incorporated, keep adding in flour until a soft dough is formed, it should be a a little sticky. Take out of mixing bowl and on a well floured surface kneed for another 8-10 minutes. 

Let proof for 1.5-2 hours or until doubled in size. 

Once the dough has doubled in size bunch down and prepare bread pan or cast iron pot. You'll want to oil them well. Place dough in pan and let proof for another 30min. 

Brush with garlic and herbed oil. 

Preheat BBQ to 350. "Bake" for 30-40 min or until done.