How to pull off a successful barbecue

When it's sunny outside and you're feeling hungry, there is nothing better than a barbecue. Most people think that all you need for a good barbecue is people, meat and the barbecue itself. But there is much more to it than that. Here are a few ideas on how to pull off a successful barbecue...

An important ingredient for a good barbecue is favourable weather. It can be horrible when you organise a barbecue for a set date only for the rain to let you down. Make sure you check ahead and find a good day for it.

You should also consider things to keep your guests entertained. Food is only one part of a barbecue. Consider organising games and have plenty of good music on hand.

Vegetarians like barbecues too! So don’t forget them when you are out buying all that meat. There are lots of vegetarian options for barbecues, so have a look at some recipes if you have invited vegetarian guests.

Beer and barbecues go hand in hand, but be sure to bring a variety of drinks including non-alcoholic ones and a decent variety of wine.

Don’t play with your food! Often at the barbecue there's a guy with a beer in one hand and tongs in the other hand that continuously flips burgers and prods meat. This is a huge no-no. Let it be and only turn it when it is needed, otherwise it will affect the taste.

Go to a butcher's and get good quality meat. This may be more expensive, but you and your guests will appreciate the difference.

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