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Hosting the Perfect BBQ

Hosting the Perfect BBQ

Our days are getting longer, the sunshine is getting warmer, and summer is just around the corner. And that can mean only one thing — BBQ season has returned. It will officially kick off with National BBQ Week, beginning with the bank holiday on 30th May and running through 5th June, but any time is a good time to fire up the grill.

First and foremost, you need to make sure that your grill is clean and in working order. Clean those burners, check those hoses, and of course make sure that you have plenty of gas or charcoal to fuel your fire. But that is only the initial step in making sure that your first big BBQ party goes off without a hitch.

Food: it’s why we love to grill. But apart from making sure you don’t burn it to a crisp, make sure your food is appropriate for the kind of party you're having. Are families invited? Maybe some hot dogs would be good for the children. Other hand-friendly food also works well if you have more people than seats, and some guests will be eating and standing. And don’t forget to ensure there are plenty of games and activities for any children.

If you’re planning a smaller event, or one in the evening, a more sophisticated menu might be in order. Steaks are always a favourite, but with the right BBQ tools, you can also cook fish and vegetables on your grill effortlessly and expertly.

What drinks should you have on hand to accommodate all tastes? Will there be music, and what kind will work best? Do you need candles for night-time, shade for the day, and comfortable seating for less mobile guests? Essential things to think about before you start your party, which can make a big impact n the day.

A wonderful BBQ filled with happy and satisfied friends is just a small bit of intelligent and targeted planning away. Happy grilling!

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Susan - May 27, 2016

Can’t wait to get in the garden this weekend! Thanks for the tips.

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