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The Ultimate BBQ Guide: Complete Checklist for Your Weekend Party

One of the best ways to bring your family and friends together is organising a barbecue party.

Because of this, we created the ultimate BBQ guide to turn your dream BBQ party into reality and transform your garden into a space worthy of bonding and entertainment!

From making sure that you serve perfectly-grilled meat to assuring your guests’ safety, this guide has got you covered. It doesn’t matter if you’re using a gas or charcoal grill, as the following list of guidelines will guarantee a fun and memorable BBQ party experience!

The Ultimate BBQ Guide

If you’re a big fan of barbecue and barbecue parties, here are some trivias for you:

Barbecue originated from the Caribbean word ‘barbacoa’, which is a native Indian structure used for smoking meats.

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Though not blessed with the ideal climate for al fresco cooking, the British people love good barbecue. Surveys show that 80% of British households own a BBQ grill or smoker.

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If you want to achieve a higher maximum temperature, you should opt for a charcoal grill rather than gas.

Moreover, charcoal cooks stronger and smokier flavours compared to a gas grill. But if you prefer simpler barbecue zest, you can opt for the latter.

Both charcoal and gas grill are suitable for cooking red meats, vegetables, seafood and poultry. However, flames can be unpredictable on a charcoal grill while you can better control them on gas.

If you’re not in a hurry, you can cook barbecue using a charcoal grill; though preparation and cleaning would take a bit longer. But when you’re running out of time, a gas grill will be more practical since it is easier to ignite and scrape.

The Grill Checklist

To complete your grilling checklist, make sure to include an extra gas or charcoal for the barbecue. Other tools you need to add include:

☑ Spatula
☑ Tongs
☑ Grill Fork
☑ Grill Glove
☑ Apron
☑ Aluminum Foil
☑ Oil
☑ Towel

The Meat

When the reality of party planning hits you, one of your immediate concerns would be the menu. To help you with the choices, here are the different kinds of food you can cook on the grill right away:

Burgers

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For burgers, you can create your own patties with butcher ground beef. To get a perfect result, you need to cook them in direct high heat (450 to 500 °F).  The optimal cooking time should be 8-10 mins, and the ideal flip frequency should only be once.

Steaks

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Similar to burger patties, steak must be cooked in high and direct heat (450 to 500 °F). In terms of the seasoning time, thirty minutes should be adequate.

The perfect cooking time for steak is about 6-10 mins, and the ideal flip frequency is only once.

Hotdogs

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To perfectly grill hotdogs, they should be exposed to high and direct heat (450 to 500 °F). 5-8 mins is their ideal cooking time, and the flip frequency is three.

Seafood

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For seafood such as fish, you can cook them with lemon slices to prevent them from sticking to the grill. 

To achieve a perfect result, fish should be cooked in direct heat with a high temperature (450 to 500 °F), ideally for 30 minutes. Remember to flip it only once.

Poultry

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Unlike the previous items, poultry meat should only be exposed to indirect heat.

To avoid burnt bits, you can use a dry rub before basting the meat with sauce. It is ideal to grill them in medium heat (350 to 450 °F) with 2-18 hours of seasoning time. The suggested flip frequency is twice.

Roast Joints

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Similar to poultry meat, roast joints should only be cooked in indirect heat with a low temperature (250 to 350 °F). Cooking this dish ideally takes 2-4 hours with 30 minutes seasoning time. The ideal flip frequency is only once.

You can trim the fats so that the meat will directly soak smoky aromas.

The Sides

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    * Spicy Grilled Corn
    * Bacon Macaroni and Cheese
    * Grilled Vegetable Kebab
    * Creamy Potato Salad

The Chef’s Top Tips

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Hosting the Perfect BBQ Party

You don’t want your guests complaining about raw or burnt food, do you? Therefore, we are providing you with these ten practical tips to accomplish your dream BBQ party!

These pieces of advice include how to go about preparing your barbecue, what to think of before the party, as well as the best food to serve. Your guests will surely be eager to watch you prepare the tasty treats!

1. Turn Up the Heat

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The first thing you need to consider in preparing the grill is the coals’ temperature. Preferably, heat your BBQ grill for 20 minutes before you begin cooking.

2. Don’t Forget Your Tools

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You have to keep in mind that there are specific tools in cooking barbecue. These include fish slice, tongs, grill basket, and a food thermometer.

3. Oil the Grill

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Make sure to brush a touch of olive or other cooking oils before you put any food on the barbecue.

4. Drizzle Some Apple Juice

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Did you know that apple juice is not just a refreshing drink? It is also perfect in making grilled meat moist, tender, and full of flavour!

Make sure to drizzle the meat with apple juice before cooking to achieve some savoury barbecue.

5. Don’t Burn the Food

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Make sure that the food will not end up overcooked by adding them to the grill once the coals start to glow in a light grey colour.

6. Skewers

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To serve your guests with some tasty treats in skewers, here are a few tips you can follow:
    * Soak the skewers in water for 30 minutes.
    * Choose the food you are going to put on the skewer (meat, lamb, chicken thighs or pork shoulder).
    * Sprinkle your choice of flavouring on the skewer and head to the grill.
    * Medium heat is the ideal temperature for skewers.
    * The optimal cooking time is 5-7 minutes.

7. Don’t Forget the Vegan Guests

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Of course, don’t forget to prepare some meals that will satisfy your vegan guests’ cravings. You can prepare them a potato salad, a bread roll and some halloumi, and mixed vegetable kebabs from the grill.

8. Allow the Meat to Sear

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To know when the food is ready to be flipped, you can use your tongs and give the meat a slight nudge. If there is no resistance, then start flipping!

9. Pudding Perfection

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An easy yet perfect dessert that you can serve to your guests is a bowl of chopped fruits. For extra fancy, you can add some ice cream or jelly.

10. Clean Your BBQ and Cooking Utensils

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Lastly, when the celebration is over, you have to scrub your BBQ and clean your cooking utensils. In this way, you won’t have to worry about your next barbecue party as your grill and tools will be ready for future use.

Iced-Cold Drinks

There are lots of good drinks that you can consider to keep your guests refreshed during the party. Search the market, and you’ll surely find some that are perfect for a BBQ gathering!

Drinks for Everyone

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There will be at least one person from your guests who doesn’t drink alcohol, plus the kids who will be present. Make sure to offer a variety of non-alcoholic drinks for them.

If you’re planning to host your party during the day time, water is essential, especially if it’s a hot day. Don’t forget to have plenty of water in stock so everyone can stay hydrated.

Drinks for Adults

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What’s the point of hosting a BBQ party without filling your cooler with ice-cold beers? While you probably have the brand of beer or wine in mind, there are many excellent drinks to explore!

Here is a list of other beverages you might want to consider and the things you need to refresh the guests well:

☑ Beer
☑ Wine
☑ Cocktails
☑ Soda
☑ Water
☑ Reusable Cups
☑ Cooler
☑ Ice
☑ Bottle Opener
☑ Corkscrew

Condiments and Sauces

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Admit it, marinading isn’t enough to achieve the best taste for your food. You also need condiments, spices, and sauces to complete each barbecue serving. We’ve listed some of the staples you wouldn’t want to miss:

BBQ Sauce

You can find a wide variety of BBQ sauces available in the market. However, if you want to create your own, here is a list of the best types you can work on:

  • BBQ Sauces for Chicken
  • BBQ Sauces for Ribs
  • Fruit-Based BBQ Sauces
  • Mustard-Based BBQ Sauces
  • Vinegar-Based BBQ Sauce
  • Memphis Style BBQ Sauce
  • Texas Style BBQ Sauce

Burger and Hotdog Checklist

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Aside from barbecues, condiments are also essential to burgers and hotdogs. Help your guests make the meal they want by serving all their favourite toppings on the table!

To add extra flavours, serve:
* Ketchup
* Mustard
* Barbecue Sauce
* Mayonnaise
* Hot Sauce

To add extra sides, serve:
* Cheese
* Tomatoes
* Lettuce
* Onion
* Mushrooms
* Bacon
* Hamburger or Hot Dog Buns

Table Setting and Safety

Once all the food is ready, make time to decorate your picnic table. It’s best to keep it simple and functional.

Table Setting Checklist

For tableware, you can opt for the disposable ones to make the clean up easy. But if you decide to be more nature-friendly, you can go for reusable outdoor setting supplies.

☑ Plates and Bowls
☑ Forks, Spoons, and Knives
☑ Cups
☑ Toothpicks
☑ Napkins
☑ Table Cloth
☑ Cutting Board

Safety Checklist

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Accidents are unpredictable, so it’s better to be prepared and have these things around to keep your party as safe as possible:

☑ Refresher for the grill’s safety
☑ Fire Extinguisher
☑ First Aid Kit
☑ Sunscreen
☑ Bug Spray or Candles

‘Hope this ultimate guide will help you for future outdoor parties!

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