Pulling Off The Perfect BBQ
Barbeques are by far one of my favourite way to dine. Sure, it’s nice getting out to a fancy restaurant once in a while and sampling the art of some eccentric chef. Still, there’s nothing quite like relaxing with friends and family, basking in the heat and enjoying some simple but delicious food. If you’ve got a barbeque coming up, here are my best tips for making it a good one.
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First of all, have a good grill and keep it in good condition. Sure, that weathered old thing in your garden might serve its function as a barbeque. However, if you want to guarantee the best results, you should get yourself a quality set-up. There are a range of reputable brands for grills. Here, you can find out everything you need to know about the Junior Traeger. Before use, be sure to give the grill a thorough scrub with a grill brush, and then a coating of vegetable oil. I know it’s satisfying, but try not to flip meat all the time. One is all they need. Finally, be sure to let the meats rest wrapped up in foil. This lets the juices run together and improves flavour.
My next big tip is to plan out the décor. Obviously, this won’t have any effect on the quality of your food. However, some well-planned décor will create a lovely finishing touch to the atmosphere of your get-together. You might want a colourful tablecloth like the ones from Kitaura Designs, or a more rustic, old-fashioned chic piece. In my opinion, all good barbeques run far past when the food is done. When the sun goes down, you’ll want some good lighting. Personally, I adore hanging Chinese lanterns in a long chain over the dining area. Alternatively, you could get lights on stakes and position them around your lawn. Some citronella candles are another good idea, as they’ll keep bugs away.
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Finally, make sure you take your time planning the menu. The worst thing that can happen at a barbeque is that you run out of food, so make sure you know how many people are coming! Be a little experimental with the food, so that your barbeque doesn’t become just another one. Offer different breads, like baguettes and ciabatta instead of a pile of white buns. A nice cheese selection will also pretty popular at most gatherings. Double and triple-check if there are any vegetarians coming to your barbeque, and make sure you know how to cook for them. While you should mix things up, always take into account the amount of guests. You don’t want to end up spreading yourself too thin, and not being able to enjoy the day because you’re working so hard. Finally, don’t neglect salads. You’ll have a few fitness fanatics, and they’ll certainly appreciate it!
Take this advice, and your barbeque will go off without a hitch. My final tip is to relax. It’s great to put effort into your barbeques, but don’t lose your mind if things don’t go according to plan!