In need of some summer BBQ ideas to get your cooking session off the ground? We all like to picture ourselves as barbecue connoisseurs, but too often BBQ attempts don’t exactly go to plan. From meat that’s chargrilled and burnt on the outside but not cooked on the inside, to chicken that’s frighteningly pink - there are lots of things to be avoided. But don’t fret, with a few of our top BBQ tips, and a bit of practice, you will be impressing your friends by hosting the best BBQ in town in no time.

Barbecuing is like mastering an art, you have to learn the basic tips for a BBQ, and then perfect your skills as you go along. If you want to put on a get together that doesn’t go up in flames and produces enviable food pics, then you’ll need to be prepared. So get yourself a decent pair of BBQ tongs and make the most of the summer sunshine.

Stock up on the tools needed for BBQs

Stock up on the tools needed for BBQs

Before you get carried away with countless BBQ party ideas, first things first make sure you have the right tools needed for BBQs. If you want to look the part and be able to cook with ease you'll need to get these sorted beforehand. The last thing you want when you’re trying to look like an uber cool outdoor chef is to flip a burger off the side of the barbecue or keep losing sausages to the flames. Trying to turn sausages with a fork is no good either.

Avoid burning yourself and make cooking as hassle-free as possible by buying the standard tools needed for BBQs such as:

  • BBQ tongs
  • temperature probe to check the meat is cooked
  • a herb brush, gloves, metal skewers
  • a colourful apron - just so everyone knows you’re the chef.
Best Meat For BBQs

Buy high welfare meat 

The best meat for BBQs is good quality, high welfare meat. You’ll enjoy your meat more if you know it’s high welfare, and it’s always good to know where ingredients come from. Did you know all our own brand chicken is reared on British soil and comes from farms that exceed the quality assured standards set under the red tractor scheme? Where you can, choose organic or free-range meats for your BBQs this summer.

Use a BBQ App

Need some assistance? Try a BBQ app

When it comes to cool BBQ ideas, apps are the way forward. If you want to be super-efficient and get the top BBQ tips on the go, download a BBQ app to give you a helping hand. Your guests will be none-the-wiser if you use a smartphone BBQ app like Grill Time, Meat Temps or Grill It – while you’ll be getting all the tips and help you need in the palm of your hand.

BBQ Meat Marinade

Marinade

One of our top BBQ tips is to use a BBQ meat marinade. No one likes bland meat, not when you can infuse it with a tasty marinade. Marinating meat doesn’t just add flavour, it also makes the meat more tender. Win win! But this doesn’t always mean people like it hot, either. Catering for your guests’ tastes is important – which is why your BBQ meat marinades need variation. Doing a few different flavours is always a good idea so that there’s a wing, drumstick or thigh for everyone – whether their tastes are hot, mild, sweet or sour!

BBQ Hacks Rest Your Meat

Rest that meat

While grabbing food while it’s hot might seem a little difficult to resist, patience is key. Letting the meat rest for a couple of minutes once it has been taken off the grill will let the juices soak right in, perfect for letting that flavour develop just a little more. 

Got all the BBQ hacks you need and ready to get going? Just pop down to your local convenience store to stock up on ingredients or get some menu ideas and you’re good to go. Happy Barbecuing!