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Hot Tips for Sizzling Summer BBQs

The summer months fly by so don’t leave it too late to fire up the barbecue. Outdoor eating is one of life’s simple pleasures and a great excuse to get together with friends and family.

If you’re planning an al fresco party, here are a few tips to help your barbecue go with a bang rather than a whimper.

Prepare the BBQ in advance

Not lighting the BBQ early enough is something we’ve all done – and then spent a boring hour or so waiting for it to get hot enough to cook. By the time the food is done, everyone is completely starving!

Allow at least 30 minutes to get your BBQ prepared and another 30 minutes for it to get sufficiently hot to cook. When it comes to the right heat, around 200 degrees Celsius is high, 180 is medium and approx. 160 is low.

It’s not only the barbecue itself that benefits from early planning. You should also prepare as many dishes as you can in advance so that you can spend time with your guests when they arrive rather than running around getting the food ready.

And it’s not cheating if you partially cook some food in the oven or grill before putting it on the barbecue to finish off. It just saves time!

Choose the right cuts of meat

As you’re going to be grilling, go for cuts of meat such as sirloin, ribeye or rump steaks that can be cooked quickly on each side. Avoid thick and tough cuts such as shin or brisket, which will come out as tough as old leather on a BBQ as they need long, slow cooking.

When cooking chicken, make sure you pierce the meat with a sharp knife to check if the juices run clear. Smaller pieces of chicken are easier to cook. If there is any pink flesh, then you need to cook for longer. Undercooked chicken is one of the worst culprits for causing stomach upsets. The ultimate BBQ chicken should be crisp and slightly charred on the outside and soft and white on the inside.

Always allow meat to stand before serving as hot fat can burn fingers and lips.

Cater for vegetarian guests

As well as meat dishes, make sure there are plenty of salads and vegetables for your guests to graze on. Not only are these a healthy option, they also bring a splash of colour to your spread.

Sliced aubergine is great on a BBQ as its soft flesh takes in the charred, smokiness of the fire. Just brush each slice with oil and seasoning and then grill for a few minutes on each side. Cherry tomatoes, slices of pepper and courgette can be sprinkled with herbs and cooked in the same way and served with olive oil and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar.

Corn on the cob is a perennial barbecue favourite and although it will take a little longer to cook – allow at least 20 minutes, turning every five minutes – it’s delicious served with melted butter.

Beware of the weather

There’s nothing as unpredictable as the British weather, so be prepared for a sudden downpour or gale force winds.

You don’t want your furniture to get soaked if it does unexpectedly rain as it could always brighten up later and you may want to go back outside. Make sure you’ve got some outdoor furniture covers to hand to quickly cover up chairs and tables.

It’s also worth dotting a few lanterns around the garden – that way your guests can stay outside long after the sun has gone down, chatting and drinking around the fire.


The summer months fly by so don’t leave it too late to fire up the barbecue. Outdoor eating is one of life’s simple pleasures and a great excuse to get together with friends and family.

If you’re planning an al fresco party, here are a few tips to help your barbecue go with a bang rather than a whimper.