It’s at the end of BBQ season, although, I personally think, it’s perfectly acceptable to have a BBQ any time of the year!
My parents recently celebrated their Ruby (40th) Wedding Anniversary & we had a BBQ.
Richard done the cooking. He’s done a few BBQs overs the 5 years I’ve known him & he loves doing them & will only cook on a coal BBQ, NOT GAS. In my opinion, if I’m honest, coal gives the best BBQ flavour!
If I could tell you to get 1 thing that would save your life when having a BBQ (well, when having any kind of get-together really), it would be a food warmer……………here’s the one we have, it’s been amazing, however, I feel I should tell you that a couple of the lids have split across the middle, it still works perfectly fine but I feel that if I’m not careful, they’ll just snap in half but I am able to buy replacement lids & we’ve had it for about 3 to 4 years, so it’s done well!
This time however, we found the BBQ a little more stressful than usual, here’s why……………………..
What I realised –
- Should of made sure EVERYTHING was prepared in advance – even the salad!
- Blow & tie the balloons the day before.
- Should of put the decorations up the day before.
- Needed a second food warmer.
- We needed some kind of drinks cooler, there was no room in the fridge for the drinks due to the food!
- I need more tupperware boxes for the mushrooms, onions, sliced tomato & cucumber (I didn’t do sliced tomato or cucumber because I didn’t have anything to put them in).
What Richard realised –
- He should’ve made sure he had a water spray bottle to control the flames, which will control the cooking temp! He always uses one but for some reason, he couldn’t find it this time.
- He wished he’d had more disposable gloves
- He needed another BBQ, 1 just never seems enough cooking room & Richard always ends up using disposable ones aswell!
Here’s a list of OUR BBQing essentials –
- 2 food warmers
- 2 BBQs (coal & not gas)
- Water spray bottle
- Plenty of disposable gloves
- Drinks cooler of some kind
Here’s a list of things I need to do next time –
3 days before –
- Get the belly pork out of the freezer.
- Get the chicken breasts out of the freezer.
- Soak the wooden skewers overnight.
2 days before –
- Get all the corn out of the freezer.
- Coat all the belly pork in the herbs (gives it time for more flavour to come through) – we do smoked paprika, mixed herbs & plain.
- Do the chicken & chorizo skewers.
- Go through everything & make sure there’s nothing else you need that you may have forgotten!
The day before –
- Wrap the corn in foil.
- Do all the salad.
- If you’re having the BBQ at another venue, take all the sauces, bread rolls, & stuff that’ll fit in the venues fridge round.
- Blow up & tie ANY balloons.
- If it’s not planning on raining over night, put ANY decorations up.
- Set up everything how you want it – taking into consideration any safety issues – we had a fish pond to contend with but my dad put some pebbles around the back of it to make a pathway because the front of it was where the BBQ had to go (space issues!).
The day of (not necessarily in this order –
- Put up ANY balloons.
- Make sure everything is ready.
- Make yourself look occasion appropriate! I love to feel all dressed up for any occasion!
- Put on the food warmer & light the BBQ.
- Cook off the mushrooms & onions for going in the food warmer.
- Cook off things like potatoes, sausage rolls & cocktail sausages if you’re having any.
- LET THE PARTY BEGIN!
- HAVE LOTS OF FUN & take lots of pictures!
If you do or have anything that saves YOUR life when you have a party/get-together, then please let me know, I may be missing an essential I’ve overlooked!
I hope you find this helpful, I know that I will when it comes to doing our next BBQ.
Bye for now.
Love Sarah Mx