Make Your Barbecue Party Sizzle. Really Sizzle.

Make Your Barbecue Party Sizzle. Really Sizzle.

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Summer is heating up and, while that means a lot of things, none more so than barbecuing. Yup. It’s barbecue season. It’s that time of the year where nothing is more fun than having our nearest and dearest, our friends and family (even the ones we don’t see that often because they’re a bit weird) gather in our backyard or garden and soak it all up. We’re talking the sun, the sounds, the smells, maybe even the stars.

However, one question remains: how do you make the perfect barbecue? That’s what we all want; we want to make it a memorable day that sticks in the mind for summers to come, that spontaneous soiree that stands out from all the other summer laughs.

Well, we have come up with a few creative ideas to make sure your little BBQ is lauded as the party to remember.

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Master Of The Grill

We all think we are the best griller to ever grace a garden, but all too often we’re not. Barbecuing is a simple art. It is about preparing the grill, making it clean and greasing it with vegetable oil. It is about flipping your meat once and only once, and then letting them rest on a warm dish so the flavors can swell and regroup. That’s all there is to it.

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Be Garden Ready

The setting – the scenery – has more influence than people care to admit, but creating the perfect atmosphere means creating the perfect garden. It means yard fertilization to make the grass greener on your side of the fence. It means having a bright tablecloth, gorgeous garden lanterns that twinkle, a well-varnished deck, citronella candles, comfy seating, maybe a chandelier hanging from the pagoda. It’s the little things in life.

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Never Skip The Sides

Don’t get us wrong, there is only one superstar in a barbecue and that is the grilled meat. It’s simple. But a superstar is only as good as their band (unless you are Ed Sheeran), which is why the side dishes are so important. We’re talking cherry tomato, sweetcorn and feta salads, watermelon gazpachos, veggie kebabs and potato salads with spring onions. Never overlook these. Trust us.

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One Drink To Rule Them All

Men drink beer, women drink wine, and some people have to drive. That’s how it is. But to make your beer steer away from convention slightly, come up with a signature drink that is totally delicious, one that you have perfected and crack out at a moment’s notice. What’s more, do an alcoholic and non-alcoholic version if possible. Make a stunning lemonade, or a punch, or become a whizz at making Pina Colada. Anything to make it more, well, stand out.

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Are You Not Entertained

The best thing to have in life is options. There are no two ways about this. Options are great, and barbecues are no difference. Have a load of garden entertainment options in place. Things like Badminton, giant Connect 4, volleyball, that sort of thing. And have a great outdoor speaker to bring some music to the day/night. If you’re not sure about speakers, you can’t go wrong with a Minirig. We got one and we love it. It goes everywhere with us.