BBQ’s are unquestionably, the greatest part of summer.
A good BBQ is nothing less than a huge concoction of ingredients that we all love, resulting in the greatest tasting cocktail. A shot of sunshine, a dash of great music, pour in your best pals and chuck a Harvey Wallbanger of a menu in there for good measure. Shake it all up in your mates back garden and you are left with the fine taste of summer resting on your lips.
Unfortunately for some, not all BBQ’s get all the ingredients right. Avoid these 8 mistakes to ensure you’re not left red faced this weekend and your BBQ goes out with a bang.
1. Using a Dirty Grill
If the residue from last summers’ sausage is still stuck to your grill then it is time you gave that bad boy a wash. Attack your grill with a wire brush to ensure that any food waste is suitably cleaned away at your BBQ is not going to contaminate your food.
2. Lighting Too Late
The British summer sun is not one to often keep us warm all through the night. Don’t make the mistake of lighting your BBQ too late and leave everyone standing out in the cold waiting for something to eat. Your mates will end up inside having their own party whilst you tend to the flames by yourself.
3. Loving The Flame
Whilst the flame brings about a lot of heat, you are susceptible to burning most of your meat. Allow the coals to battle the flame and turn to a shade of grey. At this point they are ready to cook.
4. The Golden Chicken Rule
Your chicken wings have been crucified. They’re juice has been setting the whole BBQ a blaze and everywhere you move them to another eruption of flame bursts through the grill. The skin is charred… They must be done?!
Unless the juices run CLEAR then those chicken wings need more grilling. No one wants to catch food poisoning so check them with a fork and ensure the juice runs clear before you serve them up.
5. Not Enough Food
No one likes being hungry and the best part of a good BBQ is going home knowing you’ve stuffed your face and you really didn’t need that last burger! Stock up or ask your pals to bring along a unique BBQ food and see what surprises you get to work with. Just make sure there is enough.
6. No Music
Chatting is great, but some good background music will really set the tone of your BBQ and keep the event running smoothly. Not to mention the great memories you will have once the sun goes down and the cheesy classics come on that everyone will sing to long into the night.
7. Cooking Too Much at Once
You want everything to be done at once and your concerned about everyone having a great time so you throw everything on at once. Bad move. Not only will you not have enough space on your grill, but also you will be juggling a lot of different meats. Take your time and cook a few pieces at once and serve when it is done. This way your guests will savour every bite.
With temperatures set to soar this weekend we are sure there are going to be a number of BBQ’s lit across the country. Now that you are clued up with what things you should avoid, it’s time to start getting your A game on. Take a look at our favourite pieces perfect for a backyard cookout!
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