Barbecue Ideas




Part 1Listen and Read: Listen to the recording, answer the questions, and then read along with the audio recording.

When does the man often have barbecues with his friends?

The man says, "During the summer months, I often have a barbecue with my friends."

The man often grills hamburgers, steak, and _______.

The man says, "Sometimes, I grill hamburgers, steak, or chicken."

How does the man like his meat?

The man says, "I generally like the meat medium rare, but most of my friends like their meat medium well. My brother likes his meat well-done."

During the summer months, I often have a barbecue with my friends. I first put charcoal in the grill, pour some lighter fluid over the charcoal, and then light the grill with a match. It usually takes a few minutes for the grill to get going, and I don’t put the meat on until the coals are really hot. When the coals are ready, I put on the meat. Sometimes, I grill hamburgers, steak, or chicken. If I’m grilling steak, I lightly season the meat with salt and pepper, grill it on one side, and then turn over the meat and cook it on the other side. I generally like the meat medium rare, but most of my friends like their meat medium well. My brother likes his meat well-done. Sometimes, I also grill vegetables to add variety to the meal. Of course, some people use gas grills to barbecue their meal, but I prefer meat that is cooked over an open fire using charcoal.

Part 2: Discussion

How often do you have a barbecue with your family or friends? What kinds of foods do you prepare? Do you have any special recipes for cooking specific dishes?

Part 3: Online Investigation

For some people, preparing food over a barbecue is a real science. Use the Internet to find tips for barbecuing meat over a grill and find one recipe for cooking steak or chicken. What are the taste benefits of cooking over a grill verses in your kitchen oven? Share the information you find online and any barbecue recipes.

Part 4: Online Listening Practice (from www.esl-lab.com):