Organising a Barbecue for Special Occasions
Barbequing is a time-honoured tradition all over the world. It holds a special place in our hearts—and our stomachs. There are tons of different occasions on which to throw a barbecue so have a peruse through our guide below to make sure you’ve got your next occasion planned down to the ‘T’.
Lets get down to business then as it’s being to look a lot like Christmas…
Christmas Day Barbecue
We just wondered how your Christmas turkey tasted? Was the meat succulent and the bird nice and crispy on the outside?
If not, have you ever considered cooking a turkey on the barbecue? It’s a lot easier than it sounds and we’re talking just around two hours cooking time in total, then an hour for the bird to ‘rest’ before serving.
And you don’t need a huge grill either. It is best to have a barbecue with lid though so that the heat can be reflected back onto the bird.
The way to cook a turkey – or other large bird for that matter – on the barbecue is to use indirect heat. This means pushing the coals to the side of the barbecue while the bird sits on the middle of the grill pan (ie not directly above the hot coals). This way the heat from the coals is able to circulate throughout the barbecue oven.
Before you start cooking, ensure your coals have a thin sheet of ash over them, ensuring they are at just the right temperature (around 180C). You may need to add more coals later (maybe two or three times overall) to keep the temperature stable.
Next rub the bird all over in butter, squeeze some lemon juice over it and put lemon slices in the cavity. If there’s any herbs you’re particularly fond of too such as tarragon or rosemary etc then put these in here too.
Melt some butter and sprinkle in a few herbs (the same as those in the cavity) then use this to baste the turkey during cooking to ensure the flavour sinks in to the bird.
To check whether the bird is ready or not at the end of cooking it is a good idea to use a meat thermometer. Take the thickest part of the flesh and test from there. Ideally its internal temperature should be around 65C.
Before serving let the bird ‘rest’ for at least an hour to ensure all the juices remain intact.
Christmas Barbecue Gifts
Christmas is a time of fun, frolics, food and of course gift giving. This Christmas why not give the barbecue lover in your life a surprise and arrange a barbecue inspired gift? The scope for giving a gift that will suit even the pickiest of people is wide when you consider the many different types of things that you can include if barbecuing is their “thing”.
This is an obvious choice for the barbecue fan, a collection of recipe books from different authors / chefs featuring an array of barbecue styles from around the world. Should the recipient be keen on compiling and collecting their own recipes why not borrow their notes and have them made into a proper book. It is surprisingly easy to do this nowadays via Amazon and a variety of other self-publishing websites.
This is a great way to give a gift which can be built up over time which makes it easier on the pocket. Pick up meat rubs, sauces, marinades and a variety of other barbecue foods that are sealed and have a longer shelf-life (they are unlikely to be used until late spring). Arrange the foods in an attractive way, perhaps in a wicker basket for maximum effect.
A similar idea to the food hamper, why not fill a suitable container with the tools every barbecue cook needs, for example tongs, a meat thermometer etc. Of course no barbecue hamper would be complete without an apron and gloves; amusing or themed ones make the gift all the more fun.
If you are looking for a larger gift you could combine elements of both the food and accessory hampers together.
The Big Gift
If you are buying for your partner or a significant person in your life and want to buy a “main” or large gift, why not plump for a new gas or charcoal barbecue? Imagine the joy on their face when they open an envelope asking them to visit the garage or similar. Magical!
If what they have really been hankering for is a home-built barbecue grill or similar, choose vouchers for a reputable store or company that will be able to help them.
Boxing Day Barbecue
These days, when families are often so far apart, friends, especially close ones are as much a part of Christmas as those to whom we have more official ties. After a cosy and intimate Christmas day with just the very nearest and dearest open your doors, front and back to the friends who’ve meant so much to you all year and throw a festive al fresco feast.
Why a barbecue? You’ve spent a fortune on making your home look as fabulously festive on the outside as on the inside now get out there and enjoy your handy work. Get the lights from the summer out too to adorn tables and planters – these Christmas evenings draw in quickly and what a lovely atmosphere fairy lights festive or otherwise create.
What evokes memory better than scent, odours and cooking smells? The whole aromatherapy business is built on that fact and what other method of cooking is so aromatic, as evocative as barbecuing? Anyway, you have a barbecue now get your money’s worth out of it and make it work through the winter.
Give the turkey a break: After all the indulgences of the day before, maybe opt for a lighter kind of supper yet just as warming and comforting. Barbecue whole fish such as salmon or sea bass. Envelope in tin foil, throw in a few wedges of lemon, parsley and a knob of butter and when you open that package you’ll set free a gorgeous aromatic gift every one of your guests (and those looking on enviously over the fence) can enjoy.
Welcome your guests with a festive tipple: Pop a tray on top of the rack to keep hot drinks warm and from which to serve a glass of that most festive of drinks, mulled wine. For a deliciously cheek alternative, try this recipe for wicked wassail:
- 150ml dry cider per guest
- 35ml young calvados (the cheaper stuff!) per guest
- Mulling herbs and spices (cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon)
- Slices of barbecue seared apple to serve
You can produce the whole, steaming hot concoction on the barbecue and ladle out as required. Delicious and it’ll keep your guests’ hands warm too!
Delicious desserts: Keep desserts sweet and simple. Chestnuts roasting on the barbecue anyone? Truly irresistible drizzled with warm chocolate sauce. You can easily make a decadent fondue on the barbecue combining cream and some of those festive chocolates out of the tin. If this is an adult’s only dessert add a drop of rum or coffee liqueur too. And to dip? What could be more delicious than barbecue toasted marshmallows and grilled fruit?
Try a Boxing Day barbecue this year and I bet it will become a Christmas tradition for many years to come. You may even feel a pang for the ice and snow when the barbecue season gets going in the summer!
New Years Eve Barbecue
When we think of perfect New Year parties, usually they are held outside. Hollywood blockbusters always push the idea of big ben striking twelve or bringing in the New Year in Times Square. Yet with our British weather, we see ourselves all cramped into a friend’s living room and kitchen only nipping outside when the fireworks are let off as the bell tolls.
Yet you CAN have a Hollywood New Year outside. Gone are the days when the winter stopped us from enjoying the great outdoors, now with even better barbecues and ingenious patio heaters, outdoors is now the new indoors.
Here’s how to do it…
With a marque or even an old barn outside you can turn your garden into magical winter wonder delight. Treat guests with a hot toddy as they arrive, and lead them to other guests to socialise. With patio heaters and outdoor wood burning stoves a blaze, you’ll all soon forget the time of year and the party can start.
Go the whole hog…
For a spectacular show, use a whole pig on a spit roast next to not one but quite a few barbecues. You can make food to order in front of your guests eyes, and this guarantees they’ll be no leftovers in the morning.
Just some of the meaty delights you can cook on the barbecue are, sausages, steaks, fish, pork, chicken, all marinated and served with a special table of sides.
Potatoes are an underused addition to the barbecue. Thinly sliced and coated with a little oil and herbs, you can toast these into huge crisps for the perfect companion to any alcoholic beverage.
When the time comes to step outside make sure there’s a fire ready. Even a small fire in an old metal dustbin will be enough for guests to warm their hands and for children to toast marshmallows.
Another nifty idea for just fifty pence per guest is to stock up on hand warmers. Buying two in a pack you can hand them out as your party goers step outside to see the fireworks. They’ll last for up to 8 hours and will keep hands and pockets toasty warm.
Once midnight strikes many guests will prepare to leave, leaving you with just a handful of hard-core night owls. Now’s the time to invite these indoors, to chat away into the small hours, just make sure your wood burning stove is topped up, and you bring in any leftovers for nibbles from the barbecues.
Valentines Day Barbecue
Moving swiftly through the year we arrive in February. If you’re reading this and you’re female did your other half bowl you over with a romantic candlelit dinner that he’d lovingly prepared and cooked himself? And if you’re male, why not?
Valentine’s is the one day of the year when the more muscular half of the human race – as a rule – is SUPPOSED to cook to act all romantic. But maybe we’re being old-fashioned here? Lots of New Men can cook; lots of surveys have already told us all that. It’s just that well; they tend to favour a certain type of cooking don’t they? Yes, we’re talking barbecuing.
And although outdoor grilling is certainly fabulous for parties and family get-togethers, have you ever seriously considered it a romantic form of cooking before? No, neither had we until we really thought about it. Read on folks…
But first a brief aside – Men: the secret in preparing a romantic grilled meal for your lady is to make sure that she has to do as little as possible. That means no getting her to chop up vegetables for the main course beforehand, nor insist she beautifully arranges prawns in bowls for the starter and DEFINITELY no washing up afterwards.
With us so far? Good.
It’s also an idea to keep the whole meal a secret from your other half so do all your shopping for ingredients furtively and at a time when she’s not going to be around to see you bringing them back.
Before getting your ingredients though, are you sure she’s going to like what you’ve planned? If she’s not vegetarian, most women like steak or at least chicken, while you could hardly get anything simpler – or healthier – to cook on a barbecue than fish.
The secret with a grilled meal is always to plan the main course first as this is the one which is going to require the most cooking time. Vegetables or salad to accompany it is a good idea of course but remember to keep it simple such as bell peppers lightly grilled with extra virgin olive oil and cooked for around three minutes each side. Alternatively you could opt for aubergine. This should be cut lengthwise or in discs and, again, brushed with olive oil and fried for around three minutes each side (just remember to soak the aubergine in water for 30 minutes beforehand to make it nice and soft to cook).
Corn on the cob is also great with steak or chicken. Again, this should be pre-soaked for 30 minutes then dried and brushed with butter. Cooking time for this is a little longer at seven minutes.
But anyways, getting back to the main meal, just make sure you’ve prepared your shrimp cocktail and chocolate mint crème dessert beforehand and that it’s sitting nicely glassed-up in your fridge just ready to be served.
Sitting on the shelf underneath these scrumptious delicacies should be your main course which by now will be nicely marinating in that lovely sauce you made the day before.
Now all you have to do is seat the lady of your dreams at your table and magic her with your culinary skills. We’ll be rooting for you!
With spring here and summer around the corner, now’s a great time to plan for Easter – the upcoming long weekend is a perfect excuse for getting together with family and seeing friends. If the weather is sunny or even if it isn’t, the barbecue will probably make an appearance at some point over the Easter days. So why not give something other than chocolate eggs for Easter this year? Barbecue fans will certainly be happy!
As with any gift-giving, you can keep your budget in mind thanks to the huge variety of BBQ gifts to choose between, from the silly to the vital. Gifts with a barbecue-theme range in pricing so you should be able to find the right BBQ gift for loved ones this Easter.
Flavoursome BBQ gifts
To help the barbecue chef along, you could opt for a foodie’s gift such as a smoker box. Wood chips come in various flavours including cherry and apple, and when added to a gas or charcoal barbecue, add a wonderful extra richness to the cooked food – and especially add that “smoky barbecue flavour” many of us crave with gas barbecues. Smoker boxes are the little metal boxes the wood chips are placed in before going on the grill. You could also invest in different wood chip sets as a gift to complement the smoker box.
For true wood smoking fans, there are smoke and grill barbecues in one, available. Some even cook in multiple ways including smoking, grilling, steaming and roasting.
And for those who can’t live without their barbecued food, a portable BBQ makes a great present. Particularly over the coming months, portable barbecues will be useful for holidays, day trips, fishing outings and more, so this gift is bound to be well received.
Fun BBQ gifts
Perhaps a novelty barbecue gift would go down well with someone you know – an apron, T-shirt or mug with a barbecue-theme are always popular and won’t break the bank.
Alternatively, music is always appreciated at barbecue parties so you could buy a CD that you think would be perfect for those spring/summer gatherings. Naturally, keep in mind the type of music your loved one enjoys, as well as the tracks that have a lively, summery feel to them.
Practical BBQ gifts
While practical is not always the main quality you necessarily look for in a gift, when it comes to barbecuing it can be fantastic! For example, cleaning utensils make life so much easier when clearing up the mess post-barbecue; a baking stone lets you cook pizza over the hot coals; and a barbecue cover protects the device when it’s not in use.
Bank Holiday Barbecue
It’s time to ignore the weather forecasts, start planning and get ready for your perfect May bank holiday BBQ!
The three-day weekend is the ideal time to fire up the barbecue, invite some friends round and enjoy some delicious food cooked outdoors. Now, the weather may not be overly reliable at the moment – at least not when it comes to sunshine and barbecuing! – but our love of al fresco cooking surpasses the weather. Besides, it’s very British to have a barbecue in the rain!
So make sure you plan ahead for your perfect May bank holiday BBQ this weekend. First of all, decide which day you want to have a barbecue, especially if you think a barbecue party might be in order. Everyone is relaxed thanks to the extra day off work so simply embrace the weather, expect the worst and then hopefully be happy it stays dry! There are plenty of ways you can ensure the barbecue is still fun and that the sausages don’t get wet, although as temperatures are expected to be cool over this weekend a lunchtime barbecue might be the best option.
Once you’ve picked the date, there are only two core things you need to do next – decide how to tackle the weather and cope with guest numbers!
Weather and barbecues
As much as it’s tempting to be optimistic and think it’ll be fine for your barbecue, given the recent downpour of rain there’s a good chance you’ll at least experience showers during the cooking experience. One excellent way to cope with this, though, is with a gazebo in your garden. By erecting a gazebo outside, there’s a place you and your guests can huddle if needed, and you can make sure the all-important barbecuing isn’t interrupted too.
It’s a good idea to tell guests to wear warm clothes, and to have a few hot drinks to-hand for when they arrive. However, once the food starts flowing and people start chatting, staying near the barbecue no doubt – both for its food and heat – it’s easy to forget the weather and just focus on having a good time.
And if the worst happens and the rain comes tumbling down, hopefully you’ll be able to enjoy your barbecued dishes in the warmth of inside.
Numbers and barbecues
Being organised helps make your barbecue party go smoothly – before people arrive ensure the barbecue is clean and you have enough fuel to fire your gas BBQ or charcoal barbecue. Plus, it’s a good idea to get the charcoals burning before guests arrive so you’re ready to start cooking soon after.
Keep the food flavoursome and simple, preparing any dishes in the kitchen so you only need to add them to the grill outdoors. Favourites like jacket potatoes are so easy and can go on the barbecue nice and early, and people love lots of different salads and barbecue sauces too – which you can have on the side ready for people to dive into. Obviously, no barbecue is complete without ample sausages and burgers, but check any dietary requirements with guests beforehand so you offer vegetarian alternatives too if needed.
Most of all – enjoy your barbecue party. People attend primarily to see you so don’t worry too much about the odd soggy or burned sausage, and instead relax and enjoy the good food and company. A perfect way to spend your May bank holiday weekend!
October is almost over but it’s never too late for a barbecue!
With a small amount of preparation, a Halloween barbecue party is easy to arrange. But this doesn’t mean it isn’t also a lot of fun to prepare for. Your kids can make their own invites, made into ghoulish shapes like ghosts, bats and pumpkins, and decide on the particular theme for the occasion such as monsters or characters from spooky films.
Once the invites are sent, it’s time to think how to decorate your garden for the occasion. In addition to buying plastic spiders and creepy creatures to place on the table and edges of certain dishes, you can carve faces into pumpkins with a candle placed inside and put these on the table or garden walls so guests can see them when outside with the barbecue.
You may also want to have a few games up your sleeves to entertain the kids after they’ve eaten. Good ideas for playing outdoors include the hanging apple tree. You need a handful of red apples and a couple of green apples – hang 5 red and 1 green, using long string, from a branch and twist together. Then blindfold a child and see which apple is picked, with a prize up for grabs when a green one is selected.
Of course, food is the main element of any barbecue party – and with lots of hungry little people to feed, here are some fun ideas to get you started.
Pizza cooks beautifully on the grill of a BBQ, and is also the perfect option for creative cooking. All you need are a load of pizza bases, pizza sauce, cheese and a variety of toppings, and then you can let the kids’ imagination run wild. It’s easiest to use a pizza stone for the cooking part, that has a light dusting of flour to stop the dough from sticking to it, but you can also place the base straight onto the grill. Just make sure the barbecue is hot enough, so you can quickly cook both sides of the pizza base. Let these cool and then let the kids decorate their pizza with the toppings – and a bit of help from the adults!
One idea is to make the pizza into a ghost or a pumpkin using the ingredients, for example adding olives for the eyes and pepperoni for the mouth. When the kids have decorated their pizza, you can cook it on the grill for 10 minutes, with the lid down.
These are simple to make and great fun to eat, transforming cooked cocktail sausages into gruesome fingers. When ready, make three cuts on one side of the sausages and cut a flat slice from the top of each and place a small triangle of cheese here – then serve them sticking out from a bowl of ketchup, in the shape of a hand.
Food items like cheddar chunks, orange segments, spooky sweets, are always well received. Plus you can serve Halloween-themed dips with crisps, such as guacamole that you renamed Slime or a chunky salsa called Puke.
Try making a spooky punch using cranberry juice together with lemonade, served in a bowl and decorated with worm sweets.
The main thing is for the kids to have fun, so think creatively about what you’ll cook on the barbecue and have ready-prepared too. Plus, you could end the party with a game of Pass The Scary Parcel, which is just like the traditional version but with ghoulish prizes in each layer, and some marshmallows that can be toasted on the barbecue.
Bonfire Night Barbecue
Remember remember the 5th of November… because it’s barbecue time!
Combine great food with a lit bonfire and stunning fireworks, and you have the perfect night’s entertainment for Bonfire Night.
And what BBQ food could be better to serve on the night than a range of tasty sausages? Easy to grill and so versatile, you can make 5 November tasty and fun with a load of barbecued bangers, served with various relishes and dips.
As there is bound to be so much going on at your Bonfire Night party, including the array of colourful fireworks ready to be set off safely at the right time and a bonfire to keep an eye on, the last thing you want to worry about is how you’ll feed your guests. So, instead, all you need to do is buy lots of your favourite sausages plus the ingredients for a few delicious marinades, relishes and dips – and fire up the barbecue.
You can serve the sausages either on their own or in buns with salads and jacket potatoes for a hearty meal. And these recipe ideas work well with a range of sausages, including vegetarian sausages.
Bangers with a spicy relish
This is so easy to make on your barbecue and lets you control just how hot the relish is. Simply grill 12 sausages and serve on a bun with lashings of mayonnaise mixed with mustard and cayenne pepper – about 200ml of mayonnaise mixed together with 2 tablespoons of wholegrain mustard and a pinch of cayenne pepper works well.
Sausages and sweet chilli
To make this dish for 12 people, you need the following ingredients: 12 sausages, 4 tablespoons ketchup, 2 tablespoons runny honey, 2 teaspoons chilli powder, 2 garlic cloves, and half teaspoon dried oregano. Mix the ketchup, honey, chilli powder, crushed garlic and oregano together with a tablespoon of water and smear the sausages with this sauce before adding them to the grill. Then continue to baste as the sausages cook.
Bring some beer to the boil in a large pan before adding the sausages and some chopped onions, and letting this all simmer for 15 minutes. When the BBQ is hot enough, transfer the sausages onto the grill and cook for about 10 minutes before serving in a crusty bun with lashings of mustard and a heap of the onions.
Sausage and vegetable kebabs
For this recipe, you’ll need: 12 sausages, 12 cherry tomatoes, 1 red onion, 1 yellow pepper, 1 red pepper, 1 green pepper, 2 tablespoons honey, 2 tablespoons wholegrain mustard, 1 tablespoon oil. Cook the sausages in a pan with a little oil for 10 minutes, then remove and cut into chunks. Thread a piece of sausage onto a barbecue skewer and then alternate with a chunk of red onion, pepper and tomato. Mix the honey, mustard and oil together and brush over the kebabs before grilling for 10 minutes.
Autumn apple bangers
To make this dish, you’ll need: 12 sausages, 3 apples, 2 tablespoons butter, 2 onions, 2 tablespoons apple cider, and 2 tablespoons brown sugar. In a pan, add the chopped onions with the butter and simmer until soft. Then add in the chopped apples, vinegar, and sugar and simmer for 15 minutes. In the meantime, you can grill the sausages, ready to serve on a bed of the autumn apple relish.
Honey and mustard sausages
These sausages are easy to make and are always well received. All you need are 48 cocktail sausages, 3 tablespoons wholegrain mustard and 3 tablespoons runny honey. Thread the sausages onto a skewer and barbecue for 5-10 minutes. Mix the honey and mustard together with a splash of oil, and brush over the sausages, then cook for another 5 minutes. Serve in a big bowl with a couple of smaller bowls for the ketchup and mustard dips, and let everyone dig in.
Now we move into the special occasions that happen all year round. If you hadn’t considered a barbecue at your wedding then maybe this will convince you.
In these days of austerity not many of us are opting for a lavish – or even medium-scale wedding. For a start who has a spare 20 grand lying around (which is the cost of today´s average nuptials)? Not us, for a start and judging by the number of barbecue style weddings on the go, not many young people out there either.
But don´t despair if you think your typical barbecue style wedding feast sounds a bit like a day-to-day beach party. Far from it. There´s companies who actually specialise in laying on a barbecue wedding reception. But if you really want to save money it´s not difficult to organise the reception and food yourself (although obviously you won´t be cooking it on the day!).
The beauty of a barbecue wedding reception is that it adds an element of fun and relaxation – whether you go for a full-scale plated affair or a finger buffet. You can think about prioritising the preparation into several categories such as:
Ok, this is the biggie. You´ll want at least two dedicated grill masters to oversee the cooking (as this obviously requires complete focus from those involved in this part of the proceedings) You´ll also need the largest barbecue grill you can rent. It´s no fun cooking for lots of people on a tiny little number (and your hungry guests won´t appreciate it either). You´re probably best to go for a gas grill as this heats up quicker and is easier to operate than charcoal – just remember to purchase plenty of extra gas for the day.
As for the prepping such as marinating, together with chopping fruit and vegetables – this should be done within 24 hours of the big day and placed in the fridge and other cool compartments. You could even do it two days in advance as what you´ll lose in freshness you´ll certainly gain in terms of peace of mind!
Try and opt for foods which you don´t have to cook for so long. This includes meats such as chicken and pork (provided you cut them thinly enough). And make sure you have plenty of exotic toppings for those beef, pork or veggetable burgers (well, you can´t have a barbecue with a burger can you?). Think about gourmet sausages, frying steak, and lamb chops too.
How about sticking with the barbecue theme and giving each guest a miniature bottle of barbecue sauce with the happy couple´s name on it and the date of the wedding? It´s cute, clever and, more importantly, inexpensive.
We´re presuming you´ve managed to talk a member of your family or a good friend into letting you hold the reception on their back lawn. The way to dress it is with colour and flamboyance. Get lots of lovely lanterns and place them strategically near seating. Cover eating areas in colourful linens and wrap cutlery in lovely bridal-style napkins (guests can pick these up when they enter the eating area). Pick wild flowers, buy freshly cut blooms from the florist or beg a bunch of two from a friend´s garden and stick them in chunky mason jars for every table.
We hope the above gave you some ideas for a wedding feast with a difference, which won´t break the bank. Next week we´ll include some vegetarian options as well as a whole host of delicious side dish ideas.
Feeding the 100+ Barbecue
Someday in your lifetime you will find a special event when a barbecue fits your needs and is frequently the best way to look after over 100 individuals, a wedding event or perhaps birthday bash spring to mind. Food catering for lots of people is a stressful task with plenty of work to perform. Before commencing try to find friends to aid prepare and marinade meats or perhaps do some of the typical odd jobs that require carrying out.
To begin, the barbecue menu. Obviously, meat is usually a particular favourite at BBQs. When shopping for food you will need to think about everything from precisely what meat and exactly how you might consume it, knives & forks and plates probably are not the best selection. Providing for 100 persons will almost certainly hit your bank balance. A wonderful idea for a cash strapped barbecue will be the standard burger and sausage combo. (We shall arrive at determining the ideal quantity of barbecue food).
Quick cooking cycle will obviously be the top of the priority checklist with such a large number of party guests, ham burgers and also sausages are one of the speediest things to grill and always tastes fantastic. In case you’re fortunate enough to have a more substantial financial budget, start thinking about kebabs by using squares of your preferred meats. Kebabs tend to be easy and faster to barbecue in comparison with stuff like tremendous pieces of chicken. Grilling something quickly saves your invited guests from waiting around starving.
For almost all of people, the barbecue will likely be kept as easy as is possible to ensure everything keeps on schedule, if it’s an exceptionally valuable occasion then more energy and planning can obviously go in to it.
There are additional steps to help make the Bar-b-q superb! Have you considered sides? Potato salad or salads in general combined with coleslaw are almost always prime food items at barbecues. Both these sides are the sort of thing you can easily generate at your home. If you opt for colelsaw you just need carrots, lettuce, some white cabbage and a few yellow onion, cut and then combined with mayonnaise. For the purpose of spud salads a wise idea is to try little spuds which won’t take many hours to get ready. Steam the fresh taters, strain them and then combine with the dressing of your preference. If you think maybe you might struggle to accomplish all this, don’t be concerned, the majority big food outlets will probably stock commercial sized packs of cole-slaw & salads, ideal for parties and also barbecues.
Hamburgers in baps along with sausages inside rolls will be the go to menu should it be easiness you are after. Eventhough it’s still wise to put on numerous bonuses that include sauces and relishes, and also cheeses, pickle & fried onions. This will likely result in very well fed friends because everyone likes a cheese burger and a sausage and additionally keep cleanup down to the absolute minimum as the requirement of cutlery and forks is rather reduced, one could even opt for some sort of dish for just a paper napkin for a complete throw away strategy.
Think about if you want something legendary? Using a buffet-style, self service dinner table may be a possibility. Lay out a number of catering tables next to the barbecue so that the guests can get their side-dishes in advance of getting their meats. That way, guests could get their food when they’re all set to eat. Also, be cautious if children are about, the Bar-b-que presents a great risk to them, therefore plan correctly.
A fantastic idea would be to put out a table with bread rolls and side-dishes & set all of the meat at the end – this is extremely advantageous if your spending budget is small. This should prevent folks filling up with all your meat.
Think of the venue of your event and take into account for how long food shall be outside for with the possibility of sunshine or bad weather. Whenever possible put all sides on catering tables situated in the shade, take umbrellas if you need to, this will certainly save considerable time jogging back and forth to the chiller retrieving food items. ‘Slaw and salads will probably be alright in the cover from the sun, but in the case you leave them in the sun for any length of time, they definitely will not be pleasing your invitees.
There are many ways one may utilize in order to calculate the amount of meat you’ll require, but it really does differ with meat, chicken normally 1-2 wings or legs for each guest, ribs approximately 250g each. Similarly if you’ve opted for hamburgers along with sausages, provide for one or even two for each individual. Be sure you realize this is actually for the overall food amount, definitely not for each individual; unless you expect to see each of your attendees to get through chicken, burgers, sausages, steak and sides! The pro barbecue chefs out there will agree that when a bbq party is self-service, folks typically grab more food than they want or need, so it’s advisable to add on about 25-percent to your overall numbers just to be safe.
The actual side dishes can be approximated, most likely allow 125 grams for each person, however make sure you don’t run out, you are able to consume this later if you maintain it in the refrigerator. It is much better to get left-overs than to have disappointed attendees.
This particular element of the guide might be handy; the right way to actually grill the foodstuff. To cook for this sort of substantial event you will want a substantial barbq or perhaps a lot more than a solitary barbecue. It’s probably worth buying, or even borrowing a pair of barbecues so it’s possible to spread out all of the items over separate grills, it makes it simpler coping with those foods which happen to have totally different grilling times. Charcoal barbecues take ages to get going and they are difficult to maintain, for that reason gas is likely the way forward. A big plus of gas barbecues are how much quicker you can alter the heat to ensure your meat cooks evenly.
It’s really a probability the vegetarians may come to the barbecue, therefore having a separate barbecue grill to prepare their own food on is ideal. However, the barbecue ought to be oiled well because the non-meaty foods will probably adhere to the grill. You could always use a skillet to make the vegetarian meal separately. A great idea regarding vegetarians is to slice and barbecue veggies like courgettes or create veggie kebabs.
Seeing that it is a barbecue, you should definitely take a look at plenty of sweet treats for your invitees. Many people will certainly sit around drinking & conversing and it will function as the most suitable ending for the day. Getting attendees to bring sweets is usually a smart idea but possibly high-risk. You ought to get straight forward treats and don’t forget to ensure that they’re under refrigeration. Cooked items including flapjacks are pretty straight forward and an audience pleaser. Different suggestions include cakes for your kids, while the older people may have a pleasant fruit-salad.
There isn’t any reasons why your barbecue will not go down amazing with the attendees; just be sure to follow the planning & organization tips mentioned here. Prep-work is undoubtedly what you need, also try and acquire as many people to help out as you possibly can.