Summer’s just around the corner, and that means the classic summer barbecue (BBQ) is coming along with it.
It’s hard to find anyone who doesn’t love a BBQ. And why not? Catching up with friends and/or family, cooking up some delicious food, and resting with a couple of drinks is undeniably popular among Australians. But what do you need for the ultimate summer BBQ experience? Well, the following will get you off on the right foot.
We understand that having food at a BBQ is probably one of the most obvious things we could ever suggest, but it’s not just a matter of having food – it’s also about having the right food. Whether you’ll be cooking for a few people or a few dozen, make sure you know what they like and how many like a specific type of food. Also ensure you’ve taken into account certain dietary requirements (e.g. coeliacs and vegetarians/vegans). If you do have anyone with special dietary requirements, avoid the mistake of cooking their food on the same BBQ as where you’re cooking meat.
Again, an obvious suggestion, but an important one nonetheless. While plenty of people do enjoy a beer or wine at a BBQ, make sure you’ve got plenty of water on hand. Even if the alcohol portion is BYO, you should try and handle the water yourself. Have plenty as there will be people who aren’t there to drink alcohol, those who are drinking may want some to rehydrate, and kids aren’t exactly going to be partaking in the drinks of the alcoholic kind. Soft drink is another must.
Whether it’s backyard cricket or someone performing music, a BBQ needs some type of entertainment. You don’t have to run around fretting about how you’ll keep people entertained, but only having food and drinks but no entertainment – not even background music – isn’t exactly ideal. If the BBQ is for days such as Christmas, New Year’s or Australia Day, consider some themed entertainment.
You’d be surprised how many people forget to have proper cover for their BBQ. Because it doesn’t really matter whether it’s sunny or raining, both warrant the need for something to sit under. Unless you’re a fan of sunburn or getting soaking wet, chances are you prefer a little haven from the elements. If you have a deck or patio then this will already be answered. If you don’t, however, it may be time to pitch up some type of temporary roof.
A way to keep things cool
It’s summer. It’s hot. So while you may be cooking up your food, you’ll be wanting to keep your drinks cold. And there’s also the fact that you need to keep the food cold before cooking. While you can use an Esky, a larger BBQ may require something more. Luckily there are plenty of options, one of which is hiring out a mobile cold room for the day. They’re big enough to store food and drinks, and can be used at your home or elsewhere – think a section of a park you can hire out. What’s important is that you ensure you have enough cold storage for how much you’ll be handling on the day. Nothing can spoil a BBQ quite like hot beer.