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Fire Her Up!

Anyone who’s ever singed a snag knows that barbecuing is a subtle art form.

Here to help Christmas’s designated grillers is Papi Chulo’s Head Chef Toby Worthington, who first and foremost suggests buying the best meat you can afford to help ensure your BBQ is a success.

“Having quality produce will always make BBQ taste that much better; it’s worth spending that little bit extra and getting quality meat.”

When it comes to marinating at home, Toby likes to keep it simple. “My go-to is olive oil, garlic, thyme, rosemary, chilli flakes, salt and cracked pepper,” he explains.

“Chop everything finely, add to the olive oil and rub it over the meat. Leave it in the fridge for at least two hours, or overnight if you have the time.”

For the main event, Toby suggests giving your meat a little time outside the fridge before whacking it on the barbie to ensure it cooks evenly and doesn’t burn. “10 – 15 minutes is fine.”

And for those wanting to make absolutely sure nothing is under or overcooked? (No pressure!)

“At Papi we use a thermometer to probe all of the meats to ensure they’re still juicy and not overcooked,” says Toby.

“It’s definitely worth investing in one if you want to cook a lot of protein at home.”

To keep your guests happy while you’re mastering the grill, why not try Papi Chulo’s famous Pea Guacamole.


5 avocados

400g peas + extra for garnish

3 jalapeno chillies

3 cloves garlic

2 eshallots

25g toasted sunflower seeds

Dash of fish sauce

Juice of half a lime


Coriander for garnish


Good quality corn chips



Take the flesh from each avocado and gently mush them up in a bowl while still keeping them chunky

Please peas into a blender and pulse. Add to avocados

Finely chop garlic and jalapeno, and add three quarters to avocados (may have to add more to taste later on

Slice eshallots finely and add to avocados

Finally, mix everything together and season with salt, lime juice and fish scause. There should be a balance of tangy, spicy (may need to add more jalapeno and garlic mix), and salty

To serve, place in serving bowl and sprinkle garnish with extra peas, sunflower seeds and coriander

Enjoy with corn chips!

Papi Chulo loves BBQ. Join us in Manly to eat the holidays away.