There is nothing more liberating than a party in the garden with burgers, beer and plenty of high jinx with your mates. If you are hosting the party then you will be rightly crowned Barbecue King for the day. The role of Barbecue King is a wonderful way to show your outside cooking talents, especially if you don’t do much cooking normally. Being Barbecue king transforms you from baked beans on toast regular to being a Michelin Starred grill king, suddenly you have the innate ability to cook steak, burgers, sausages and chicken without any hesitation. As soon as you ignite the gas or set fire to the coals in your barbecue you become life and soul of the party, super host and provider of the food.
Even the most confident Barbecue King has to make preparations for the party – there is no point leaving everything to the last minute or you you will end up calling your nearest Chinese Takeaway to make an emergency delivery. Here are some tips to ensure that your party goes with a swing and you reign supreme for the entire summer.
Buy Fuel For Your Barbecue
Whether you use charcoal or gas you really need to make sure that you have enough of the stuff to keep the fire burning long enough to cook your banquette. If it is the first time you have ever used a barbecue then please read instructions on how to light it or you will look a bit daft otherwise. This, ‘Beginners Guide To Barbecue‘, from StartCooking.Com is probably a very good start – it also includes some useful tips on grilling different food.
Stock Up On Meat For Your Barbie
If you intend to be a pucker chef then you may want to tap into the wisdom of Jamie Oliver, who preaches about healthy eating but tends to cook food that would clog up your arteries if you feasted on it it regularly. Jamie Oliver has a whole section of his website dedicated to barbecue recipes. If you don’t feel that daring and would rather stick to the slightly charred burnt sausage style of cooking then grab a barbecue pack from your nearest supermarket and some veggie burgers as well as buns too – what ever you do don’t forget the buns! For safe cooking tips and how to avoid food poisoning – refer to this guide from NHS Choices.
Make Sure That There Is Lots Of Booze
Obviously when you invite your mates you will have said something like, ‘Bring a bottle’, or, ‘There will be booze but feel free to bring your own’, otherwise you will be bankrupt by the time you have prepared your party. Alcohol is essential to dull the taste buds (burnt food doesn’t taste so bad when you are drunk) and it allows people to lighten up and get into the party spirit. As host you will need to keep an eye on the lightweights around you because they have tendency to be a little bit self destructive and you don’t want a disaster on your hands.
Wear Substantial Clothes
If you are going to be standing next to an inferno that spits out boiling fat for the evening it is a good idea not to wear a vest, shorts and flip flops. The Emergency Department in any hospital is insanely busy on barbecue and booze nights. A superhero t-shirt like these from Logo Shirt would make you not only King of the Barbecue but also show everyone that you have a great sense of humour. Wear jeans and trainers to avoid being splattered and try not to be too drunk r you may pick up the tongs the wrong way round.
Make Sure Your Facebook Feed Is Up To Date
Don’t just restrict your cooking skills to be observed by your mates at the party, why not let everyone you know see your mighty reign through selfies and funny captions. A video of you tucking into your prized burger wouldn’t go a miss – as long as it is fully cooked of course!
Don’t forget to put the barbecue out at the end of your party or you may get a surprise visit from the fire brigade – though it would look good in your news feed I don’t think the fire service would be very pleased!