We caught with Luke Hines on the launch of his newest cookbook, Barbecue This!
With a holistic approach and bucket loads of energy, Luke Hines is all about helping people live their best life. And now, he’s all about inspiring you to cook more than just snags and steak on your barbeque.
Here’s what Luke had to say about women on the grill, uncomplicated barbequing and the year ahead “¦
BBQ Season is certainly upon us, what are your 3 tops tips for barbequing?
Think outside the square with what ingredients you use. Barbecues are for so much more than meat! Think smokey charred cos lettuce with an olive oil dressing, crispy cauliflower steaks, or smokey grilled eggplant!
Season, season, season! I can’t encourage people enough to experiment with spice rubs, marinades and sauces! These simple elements can elevate the humble ingredient to the main course event. The first step is letting your spice rack and fresh herbs become your bests friend. That’s why at the front of the book I actually created a library of basic rubs, marinades and sauces so that flavour is always king.
Make it hot! The whole benefit of a barbecue is the type of heat you can generate. It is this heat that allows you to take things to the next level when it comes to crispness, charry lines and smokey flavour.
And your 3 favourite things to cook on the barbie?
Butter Chicken Skewers for sure are a regular on my BBQ! Because this recipe brings two of my favs together, skewers and curry!
Charred Pumpkin Wedges with Pine Nut Pesto. This is my GO-TO when it comes to a plant-based dish, pumpkin has never tasted better!
My Summer Salad that actually utilises char-grilled pineapple in it! Who said you can’t barbecue fresh fruit?!
You say barbequing is simple and uncomplicated, what do you say to people who disagree?
Either you’re over complicating it, or overthinking it! Like anything in life, if we put too much pressure on ourselves, we can talk ourselves out of wanting to do it or simply spoil the process by adding too much stress. Take a step back, take a deep breath, and start with the basics and work your way up! You’ll be a grill master in no time!
Barbecue This! by Luke Hines, Published by Plum, RRP $39.99, Photography by Mark Roper
What some of the most common recipes when we BBQ that can easily be made a little healthier?
For me, it all comes down to making things from scratch. I’ve got simple 5-minute sausage recipes, make your own burger patties and of course, skewers from scratch. These recipes are all examples of things that are quick and easy, that also avoid any of the processed and refined unnecessary nasties that the store-bought varieties can be loaded with.
What are the 3 most common things you hear from friends and followers when you tell them to ‘chuck it on the barbie?’
“Haha, really?! LETTUCE on a BARBIE?”
“Wheres the shrimp?”
“I need to buy a barbecue first!”
And women on the grill?
WOMEN MUST GRILL! Let’s show the blokey bbq boys who’s boss, in the kitchen AND the yard!
My friends always give me a ‘why are you cooking and not your husband’. Or my lady friends say ‘oh no I don’t use the barbie that’s for men’
THIS is the book for them! Truly, why do you think the cover is slightly pink? This book is to convince Aussies that guys AND girls belong at the helm of the BBQ! Barbecuing is universal and we all deserve a clink of the tongs! I’ve created a really easy, step by step guide for newbies at the front, guys or girls, in an effort to break down any barriers so everyone feels comfortable!
12 best-selling cookbooks that is no mean feat! Where do you draw inspiration from?
Usually my travels, and eating out! Whenever I try something new, I always make a note of it and ask myself what made it SO good! Was it extra crispy, was it the sauce that made it, was it a new ingredient I haven’t tried before”¦ Whatever it is, if it pricks my curiosity, I make a note then experiment at home in my own way to perfect my take and try to create some incredible new flavours.
It’s a tough year with multiple lockdowns, especially here in Vic, many of us took advantage and got fit and healthy and many of us (okay, maybe me) did not! Indulgences in food, alcohol and couch time”¦
AGREED! My whole family lives in VIC and just speaking to them I could hear it was a tough year!!
For those of us coming out of lockdown behind the 8-ball what are your tips for getting back into life? Renewing our energy and motivation?
Take each day at a time, and give yourself some credit, as you’ve been through a lot! Don’t just expect yourself to bounce back to the January version of you. Its been a really tough time, and that takes its toll, so beginning with self-love and acceptance is the best starting point. Getting back to normality isn’t a race, its something that will take time, and self-care and self-love are what will make the transformation more manageable and sustainable.
And getting a little fitter and healthier?
Introduce a new healthy habit each week”¦ maybe its a morning walk, maybe its cooking healthy new recipe you’ve been wanting to try for ages, maybe its practising mindfulness or mediation once a week. By introducing these new activities, you’ll build new positive habits, and when combined over a longer period of time, they lead to real sustainable growth as a person.
You talk about setting smart goals on your website, can you give us a rundown on that and what you believe are smart goals? Or stupid one (hehe, since we all get a little stupid in our goal setting some times!)
Haha well, a stupid goal is something that is simply unrealistic. Such as wanting to be 6 foot when you’re only 5 foot! No amount of wishing or trying can change who YOU are. That said, there are lots of things we can work on for the better. And a Smart goal is broken down into S.M.A.R.T.
Specific: Well defined, clear, and unambiguous. Ya really gotta know what you’re working towards! The clearer you are the better!
Measurable: With specific criteria that measure your progress toward the accomplishment of the goal. It’s always good to have a starting point so you know where you’ve started and where you want to end up.
Achievable: Attainable and not impossible to achieve. Don’t set yourself up to fail, make it something that you know you can do when you put the work in.
Realistic: Within reach, realistic, and relevant to your life purpose. Like I said above, don’t try to change things that make you YOU, change things that you think is worth improving.
Timely: With a clearly defined timeline, including a starting date and a target date. The purpose is to create urgency. If you don’t set a time frame, it’ll be hard to stick to, so know what and when you’re working towards.
You talk about barbequing adding texture to food, tells us about that?
So when I talk texture, I’m talking about all things crispy and caramelised. High temperatures and direct flame cooking can achieve some incredible results on both meat and vegetables. These high temperatures combined with the open flame create a cooking environment that can’t be replicated in the kitchen!
Are you a winter bbq-er?
Haha, I am a ‘when it’s not raining’ BBQ-er”¦ And I say that, because where I live it is warm most of the year, so it’s about the rain, not the season for me! haha
You have an online fitness program, tell us a little about it?
Yes! I have a program called Luke Hines 10: Meals, Mindset and Moves! Its a 10 week guided course WITH ME AS YOUR COACH, with all things how to cook, what to eat, how to move, and most importantly, how to think positively! By finding synergy between the meals, mindset and moves, we can truly lead a life authentic to us and be the best version of ourselves.
Haha, now THAT is a tough question after the year we have had. But, for me, I hope what’s next is peace, calm, abundance, family, dogs, friends, wellness, health, vitality and strength to face what comes my way, good and bad.
What have got to look forward to in The House of Wellness?
It’s been a HUGE year of shows, and we are almost wrapped for the year! You’ll have to tune in to next years show as it will be even bigger and better than ever before! Especially if we are allowed to travel again!