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Though summer is coming to a close, there is still time to soak up the sun with a barbecue. In fact, late summer and early autumn can be ideal for outdoor parties, especially when you have covered areas, due to the cooler dusks and breathtaking sunsets.
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Plan in advance
Make sure you have the right tools for the job. This might go without saying, but high quality barbecue grills are absolutely essential for any barbecue party. In addition to this, you want to make sure that you have the right fuel source for the barbecue in question, and the necessary igniter if this is not already built in – check your specifications for the details.
You will also need barbecue tongs, fork and spatula for cooking, turning and serving the meat.
Make sure there is something for everyone
Think about who you have invited to your barbecue party. Are any of them vegetarians or vegans? Are there any allergies or intolerances? Or, are some people just a little bit picky when it comes to their food?
Once you have understood everyone’s dietary requirements, make sure you cater to everyone. After all, having some gluten free bread, veggie burgers, dairy free butter, and even that specific type of sausage that your relative will only eat, though a bit of extra effort, is well worth it if it ensures that everyone has a good time.
Consider ‘buffet style’
There is nothing worse than having a backlog of hungry people clamouring to get their food. In order to combat the build up, create several stations in order that people might want to grab their barbecue treats.
For example, your first station might be bread rolls, hot dog buns, and butter. Next, the barbecue itself, complete with smoky meats. Then, cheese, and other toppings, like fried onions, tomato, pickles, lettuce and condiments.
And finally, have a station with potato salad, coleslaw, and other cold side dishes. Another top tip is to pre-roll cutlery into napkins to make it easier for guests to quickly pick up everything they need before sitting down.
Don’t be scared to think outside the box
No British barbecue is complete without meat or meat free burgers and sausages – but don’t be afraid to get a little creative. Consider some different toppings like crispy bacon, peanut butter, jalapenos, guacamole, chorizo, a range of different cheeses, and so on.
In fact, you can really push the boat out by getting creative with your food. Whether you stick to the traditional patties and sausages, but grab a couple of interesting flavours, or go all out with some pulled pork, blackened salmon, ribs, prawns, halloumi, lamb skewers, and peri peri chicken, the world is your oyster!
Compliment the food with the perfect setting
Once all the technicalities have been sorted, it’s time to set up your back garden for the barbecue. Real Homes Magazine recommends layering textiles, suspending candles, utilising fairy lights and lanterns, and grabbing some comfy and cosy pillows and blankets.
Don’t forget to sort out some beverages and picky bits for the party, and to pick the perfect playlist to create the right atmosphere and backdrop for your barbecue.