We know what they say, “only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun,” but it seems that the nation’s about to lose it mind with outdoor eating when the temperature kicks up soon.
The numbers are in (and you know we’re all about finding the bargain barbecues and cheap baking supplies), crunched by the personal finance experts money.co.uk in the Best Value BBQ report, and the money is massive—with an incoming heatwave, it’s estimated that us Brits are going to spend an crazy £258.3million firing up their barbecues.
The figures are based on an estimated average spend of consumers catering for between four and 10 guests. And while high, perhaps they’re unsurprising…
After last year’s summer BBQ season being effectively cancelled due to the pandemic, we’ve got a lot of making up to do when it comes to fun in the sun.
The study also reveals some other interesting facts about spending, including the differences between carnivore-focused BBQ meat feasts and those plant-based banquets, which are becoming more and more common.
Here are some of the reports most fascinating findings:
- In the average UK, BBQ consumers spend around £51 on food.
- Plant-based barbecues are where the savings lie… they’re actually 163% cheaper than a meat-based option. The figures? £24.21 for meat eaters versus £9.20 for vegan couples.
- Opting for ‘value’ items will save £36.36 on your summer barbecue bill (and you know we live for bargains).
- Luxury items are what add money to a plant-based shopping bill. £23.74 on average, increasing the total shopping bill by 88%.
- And if you’re a pescatarian (that’s folk who don’t eat meat, but do eat fish and seafood)? There’s a £9.38 difference between luxury and budget items in your shopping trolley.
- If you’re currently a meat eater and you decide to go vegan this summer, you’ll save approximately £28 on each of your BBQ food bills.
Need some inspiration?
We’ve got a few failsafe recipes for when you fire up your grill. Whether you want some beautifully charred and caramelised meaty dishes, or you want some sweet and crunchy plant-based numbers, here are our three favourite crowd-pleasers…
This is Greek-style kebab skewers—and even the name sounds impressive. Using boneless pork shoulder or neck, make a marinade of garlic, coriander, fennel, bay, and orange zest, and get these on the grill.
Sesame and soy grilled veg
Try with aubergines or courgettes, sliced into thick rounds, soaked in the sauce—knock up a batch with honey, sesame oil, soy sauce, juice of half a lemon, a crushed garlic clove, half a red chilli, chopped, and half a thumb of ginger, chopped. Stick them on the BBQ, and this sweet, sticky, Asian-inspired glaze elevates any vegetables to the next level.
Grilled peaches with mascarpone
Thought the barbecue was exclusively for savoury dishes? Think again! Half and de-stone ripe peaches, add a little coconut oil and some caster sugar, and stick on the heat until soft and caramelised. Serve with cold mascarpone cream, lovingly stirred with vanilla seeds or essence.
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