BBQ season is so close we can smell it! And here at Silver Bay Holiday Village, we adore nothing more than sitting down with friends and family enjoying some delectable treats cooked under the British sunshine.
But a successful barbecue is more than just some meat and coals. In fact, there’s a lot more to the art of BBQing than meets the eye – which is why we’ve put together this guide to help you host the perfect summer barbecue.
So make sure you take note before heading out from your holiday home to purchase supplies! This blog could very well be the key to the best BBQ you’ve ever had.
1. Choose your meats carefully
Instead of heading straight to one of the big supermarket chains, why not consider doing your barbecue a little differently this year?
Visiting a local butchers can be a great way to get access to some amazing, quality food, whilst also supporting local businesses.
2. Widen your drinks selection
You may have noticed we posted a blog just last week all about Anglesey inspired mocktails and cocktails, and these are an excellent way to take your BBQ above and beyond! You can create these drinks in bigger portions and swish them into a punch bowl for everyone to enjoy – and the alcohol-free options means that everyone can have a go!
3. Take it in turns
If you really want a great BBQ for everyone, then it might be a great idea to take the cooking in turns. It can be easy to find the best cook of the group and leave them to it, but when do they get the chance to relax?!
Taking it in turns is kind and lets everyone get involved – the perfect solution to BBQ heaven.
4. It’s time to marinade!
Instead of just cooking your meats plain, a marinade can add a totally new depth of flavour to any style of meat. Maybe try a BBQ glaze or something spicy to really jazz things up a little. Your guests will certainly be impressed and appreciate the flavourful gesture!
5. Don’t skip dessert
Sometimes when we BBQ we forget about those poor souls with a sweet tooth who have eaten their burger and are now waiting to round their meal off! But a barbecue can be a fantastic way to cook desserts and put a brand new spin on them.
One of our favourites to cook in this way is smores. All you need are two Rich Teas, giant marshmallows and chocolate. Now melt the marshmallows above the barbecue and squish them between your two biscuits with a piece of chocolate. They’re an American treat but they’re sure to become a quick favourite with everyone there as well. Just be sure to warn them about how warm the marshmallows can get to avoid anyone burning themselves!
BBQs are a fantastic way to socialise, so what better excuse than to invite everyone you can? If you ask them to bring something too you’ll find both your food and drinks selections filling up rapidly with a wide selection of choices – and you could make some brand new Silver Bay friends along the way.
7. Make sure everything is cooked through
We’re sure you will do anyway, but it’s always best to make sure everything is cooked through when you’re BBQing. It’ll avoid any upset stomachs and ensure everyone is satisfied. If you’re unsure how meats should be cooked, take a look at this helpful BBQ safety blog.
8. Rest your meats
It’s quite tempting to pop your meat onto the hungry plates of your guests as soon as it’s cooked, but resting your meat can ensure a taste sensation with every bite!
This is because resting your meats allows them to reabsorb their juices making them more tender. Delicious!
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So there you have it, our top tips for the perfect BBQ. Now all you need to do is wait for the sun to put his hat on and head straight outdoors for some summer BBQ fun. Because nothing says summer quite like cooking your dinner outdoors!