Spring is well and truly here, the clocks have changed, the evenings are lighter, and you're likely thinking about dusting off the BBQ and getting friends round for an afternoon in the garden.
What’s more is that the next stage of the lockdown easing means that , which sounds like the perfect excuse to fire up the grill!
However, before you start sending out invites, you will want to ensure you are fully prepared to host with the right BBQ tools, garden furniture, games, and, of course, your ‘kiss the cook’ apron. Here are our handy tips to help you throw a great BBQ.
Outdoor cooking is not the same as cooking in the controlled environment of your kitchen, so the first thing you need to sort out is the BBQ grill itself. If you’re new to grilling, or your old grill is falling apart after being neglected, then a gas-powered BBQ is the way to go.
A propane-fired grill is easier to control than charcoal and easier to get started too.
Much as you have your own set of tools in the kitchen, you might not want to have them being used in the garden, so equip yourself with a set of BBQ tools, such as tongs, a spatula, a wire brush for keeping the grill clean, and essentially, a fire blanket and extinguisher in case of emergencies.
A meat thermometer is an invaluable piece of kit to ensure that your burgers and chicken legs are properly cooked, as you don’t want to poison your guests!
A warm sunny day needs cold drinks, and to help stop people traipsing in and out of your house, a cooler box will keep all your beers and soft drinks cold and frosty! It might be an idea to get two, so you can keep food for the grill cool and safe from pests and pets.
Your guests will want a place to sit, so if you don’t already have any outdoor furniture, a large patio table with chairs or benches is a must so everyone can sit, while still maintaining a level of social distancing
However warm and sunny the day might be, the British weather means it could start raining at any time, so a table with a parasol might also be a wise idea!
Leave the best dinnerware inside the house, and invest in a set of shatterproof bamboo plates and cutlery. It’s a far better and eco-friendly option than paper plates.
To go the extra mile, keep a bottle or two of sunscreen to hand to share with guests. It might not be scorchingly hot, but that doesn’t mean you don’t need protection from the Sun’s harmful UV rays.
Hopefully, with these tips, you can enjoy a fun, friendly, and safe BBQ with friends, family, and loved ones.
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