How to host a brilliant BBQ!

How to host a brilliant BBQ!

Be the goddess of the grill with these simple ideas to take your BBQ up to the next level.

There’s something magical about a barbie, particularly in the UK when sunny summer days have to be made the most of! Let’s face it though, the food can sometimes be a bit of a let-down. Charred sausages, lacklustre buns and limp coleslaw? No thanks. These tips show you how to turn your next BBQ into a feast while still having lots of time to sit back and enjoy the company of family and friends. We’ll even show you how to make light work of the cleaning up.

Setting the mood

Why not light the barbecue before your guests arrive and throw on some rosemary or bay leaves? This creates a lovely, welcoming smell.

Think beyond meat

There’s something about smouldering charcoal that seems to turn us all into carnivores, and while there’s nothing wrong with sausages and burgers, it’s worth remembering that other things are just as delicious. Fish is fantastic on the barbie. You can grill whole sardines in minutes and serve with a simple salsa verde (made with garlic, anchovies, capers, lemon zest and juice, olive oil and freshly chopped basil, mint and parsley). Or how about slicing open a whole fish and stuffing with lemon and dill? Chargrilled vegetables are amazing too, and a colourful mixture of red and yellow peppers, courgette, and aubergine makes an easy and impressive dish. And don’t forget corn on the cob, which can be grilled either still in its husk or wrapped in tinfoil.

Surprising things that are great on the grill

There are all kinds of foods that you’ve probably never even thought of throwing on the BBQ that work wonderfully. Lettuce, for example, tastes completely different when it’s chargrilled. Just take the head of a Little Gem, Romaine or Radicchio, halve and anoint with olive oil and salt and pepper before grilling for a few minutes a side. Fruit can be transformed by the heat of the grill, too. Try slices of pineapple, halved and de-stoned peaches or even strawberries that have been marinated in balsamic vinegar for 30 minutes or so.

Get creative with your skewers

Rosemary stalks can be made into great skewers, which impart loads of lovely flavour right into the heart of whatever meat, fish or vegetables you’ve threaded onto them. They are dead easy to make, too. Just pick out some stalks that are about 10-15cm long, strip off the leaves with your fingers (keep these for cooking) and then cut the woody end on the diagonal so you get a nice point to use for threading. Lemongrass stalks make a flavour-packed skewer too. Just give them a light bash before using to release that wonderfully citrusy taste.

Pimp up your condiments

One of the easiest ways to take your barbecue feast from nice to wow is to put lots of love into the little extras. It goes without saying that – depending on exactly what you’re serving – you need a good selection of ketchup, mustards, relishes and gherkins, but how about adding a few extras to the mix as well? You can make guacamole in minutes by mixing some mashed avocado with finely chopped red onion, chilli, tomato, coriander and a little lime juice. Or how about serving some so-good-it-must-be-homemade hummus by adding some tinned chickpeas to store-bought hummus and topping with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkling of sumac.

Make the clean-up easy

On a sunny day, the last thing you want is to be slaving over a hot sink. That’s why, when it comes to dealing with the dishes, Fairy Platinum Dishwasher Tablets are such a powerful ally. You can rely on them to get your dishes sparkling clean first time, even if we’re talking about those tough challenges – like that sticky burnt on marinade on your grill tongs.

What are your BBQ secrets? Let us know in the comments section below.

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colleen 07/02/2017

I love bbq

Great times

Mike Barter 08/09/2016

Tasty food xxxx

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