The great British barbecue

Brits love a good barbecue, even if it’s pouring down with rain. The mere hint of sun or bank holiday and we’re in the shed, dragging out the BBQ. Whether you’re feeding the five thousand or just fancy a family meal alfresco, help your BBQ go with a bang with our top five tips.

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Get your garden ready to party

Outdoor spaces really do come into their own during the good weather and despite the British weather being at its temperamental best this year, 67% of us will use our garden for entertaining guests during the summer months. If your garden is shouting out for some TLC before your summer guests arrive, read our top five tips to get your garden ready to party.

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National Barbecue Week


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Next week is National Barbecue Week (27th May – 2nd June) which means its time to dust off your barbecue, fill it with some coals and get cooking some great food. Countries all over the world have all sorts of different styles of outdoor cooking and some countries that have good enough weather can even cook outdoors everyday.

In Jamaica outdoor cooking is a way of life with one of their most famous dishes being Jerk chicken, and who can forget the fabulous Scotch Bonnet chilli which is one of Jamaica’s favourite cooking ingredients.

Australia is also well known for barbecuing being a large part of their culture, mainly because they have the weather to do it almost every day. Australia even has public coin operated gas or electric barbecues in parks to encourage people to get out and cook some healthy grilled food under the beautiful sun. Australians are also well known for barbecuing shrimp and shell fish.

Americans love to barbecue and are well known for the phenomenon of tailgating. This often occurs in the parking lots of American Football matches and Baseball Games where hundreds of people pull up and unload stacks of meat, kegs of beer, and huge BBQ’s. Then they all get grilling and everybody enjoys each others food and the parking lot turns into a festival type atmosphere.

In South Africa they celebrate barbecuing with an event they call “Braai Day”. Braai is the South African word for barbecue or grill. The day is celebrated annually on the 24th of September which is their spring and aims to unite all South Africans together with a day of fun activities and great food.

Now you’re in the mood for some grilled meat or fish and your taste buds are watering you’ll need some tasty recipes to make your BBQ go down like a house on fire with your friends. Barbecuing should be very rustic and should never be fancy food that’s too complicated. Burgers, steak, ribs, wings, sausages, shrimp, and hot dogs are all acceptable dishes. If your into the American style of barbecuing then we’ve found a great website online full of barbecuing recipes which we would like to share with you.

It’s the website of the famous BBQ PIT BOYS from the American oil state of Texas where they love to rustle up a good BBQ. These guys have started a YouTube channel showing off their recipes and barbecuing tips while at the same time somehow managing to merchandise their name and have groups of people creating “Chapters” of their own all around the world, almost like the scouts but for middle aged hungry men. They now have 680 Chapters all around the world spreading the word of the BBQ PIT BOYS and their recipes.

Harlequin Design Polycotton Chefs Apron (Single Apron/Pack of 10)

Once you’ve found the perfect recipes to cook you will need something to protect your clothes before firing up the BBQ. We have a wonderful selection of Catering Aprons on our online store at great value.

Any of our aprons will do the job just fine and some of the more brightly coloured ones may be a good conversation point at your dinner party.

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