We’ve been challenging celebrity chef and author Theo Michaels to come up with some tasty barbecue dishes using Big K charcoal. In this video, he pairs our El Cubano Marabu restaurant grade lumpwood charcoal with a recipe for harissa roasted vegetables over a base of herb-infused cannellini beans. This exciting and flavoursome combination is bound to get your mouth watering in no time.
“I’ll bet you’ve never heard of Marabu charcoal”, says Theo – but barbecues were made for experimenting, so he dives right in. Why not try out roasting veg on your grill? The harissa flavours of this recipe are warming, deep and earthy, and pair perfectly with the summery citrus punch of the cannellini bean base. Check out the whole video:
Want to give this one a try at home? Get Theo’s full recipe here.
El Cubano is Big K’s 100% Marabu restaurant grade lumpwood charcoal. Marabu is an invasive thorn tree that’s growing across Cuba, so clearing it provides income for farmers and allows the land to be reclaimed. Plus, it makes for incredible charcoal that’s quick to light with up to 3 hours of cooking time, a great heat and low smoke produced. El Cubano is made from 100% Marabu wood, and it’s equally at home in high-end smokehouses as it is on home barbecues across the country. As Theo says, “this is where you’ll find really good charcoal comes in handy” – we couldn’t agree more.
If you want to try out El Cubano on your grill, find out a little more about our Cuban friend here. Theo also used our all natural Woodies wood wool firelighters to get his BBQ going, check them out here.
About Theo Michaels
Theo Michaels is a published author, celebrity chef, and currently a full-time Executive Chef. After reaching the semi-final heats on UK Masterchef 2014, Theo went on to create a sell-out pop up restaurant and spend 3 years as a private chef, alongside appearances on ITV’s This Morning, The Food Network and BBC Radio. Find out more about Theo on his website, check out his new cookbook Orexi, or follow him on Instagram.