Tips to arrange a fun, safe and successful barbecue

It’s August Bank Holiday and BBQ time! Make the British summer one to remember. It’s always the perfect time for a barbeque. It is crucial to be aware of the do’s and don’ts that will ensure your barbeque is a roaring success.


The British summer is unpredictable, so if you want to plan ahead – you’ll need to be prepared for anything. A BBQ is a great opportunity to enjoy the outdoors, whether in your garden, on a beach or camping; so don’t let the weather ruin your fun. To make the most of your time, be sure to include a gazebo or tarpaulin in case of rain, picnic chairs/blankets if the ground is damp, you can even ask your guests to bring one if you’re short. On cooler days, it’s a good idea to have a way of making hot drinks – these will always be appreciated. On the other hand, if it’s hot make sure you have access to drinking water and shade.


The key things to remember when considering your venue are space and available facilities. Make sure there is access to drinking water, toilets, and a power source if needed, and plenty of places to sit. When on a beach or camping, always check whether BBQ’s are allowed. Most public venues will have clear signposting and rules are strictly enforced.

Pre-BBQ Food Prep

You can have a lot of fun preparing for a barbeque, and it doesn’t have to all be done on the day. Get ahead by preparing cold dishes like potato salads the day before, and you can cut up all your vegetables and meats in advance too. To make your meat truly delicious, marinade it overnight. If you want to try something a little different, Aunt Bees have a simple but tasty grilled chicken marinade.

BBQ Supplies

To ensure your BBQ goes to plan, you’ll need a barbeque – either gas, charcoal, or even single-use instant ones, appropriate fuel, and an igniter (e.g. matches). Make sure you have utensils such as tongs, skewers, and something flat like a fish slice. Ingredients are a must, no BBQ will work without food. Make sure you also have plates, cutlery and cups/glasses, rubs, seasoning and sauces for flavour, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages if required.

Visit Smoke Guys for advice, top quality equipment, wood and rubs to make your BBQ fun, safe and successful. Don’t forget to invite your friends and family too!

BBQ Food Hygiene

It’s important that you and your guests are safe. Remember to keep your raw and cooked ingredients separate and use different utensils for each and wash your hands before and after handling ingredients. Ensure your food is fully cooked and follow instructions where given, for example, keep food chilled before cooking.

For further guidelines on food hygiene , click here.

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