Whether you're eager to show off your new verandah or just looking for an excuse to throw aparty, the humble barbecue is an Aussie summer staple. Make sure your BBQ is stress-free with this handy guide.
BBQ equipment checklist
For the chef:
- BBQ grill – charcoal, propane or gas, depending on your preference
- Fuel – spare canisters or briquettes
- Long-handled tongs
- Long-handled spatula
- Long-handled basting brush
- Aluminum foil
- Fire extinguisher
For the guests:
- Shatterproof tableware and glasses
- Disposable or dishwasher-safe utensils
- Bottle opener
At least as important as the food is the drink, especially on a sweltering day. Set the right atmosphere off the bat by serving every guest a refreshing welcome beverage, and make sure your fridges and cabinets are well stocked with slabs of beer, a few bottles of wine and favourite spirits – even if it's BYO.
In all the excitement, don't forget to stock up on non-alcoholic options too, and you’ll probably need plenty of ice.
You don't have to invest in premium meatsto impress your guests, but a little variety in types of meat and cuts is always welcome.
Unless your friends are steak snobs, minute steak is easier on the cutlery and easier to fit in the roll, and you can make sausages more interesting by mixing in a few spicy and veggie options. Grilled fish will be appreciated as a lighter alternative for those watching their weight.
Even if you're confident that all your guests aremeat lovers, vegetables make the perfect side dishes. Grilled corn is cheap and ever popular, baked potatoes will be ready when the steaks are, and boiled pasta adds bulk to a leafy salad.
For dessert, fresh watermelon and pineapple are perfect palate cleansers that can be enjoyed by all.
You don't have to get fancy with the BBQ sauce and condiments either. When it comes to adding flavour, you can't go wrong with the big brands, and you should make sure there are hot and spicy options to supplement the essential ketchup, barbecue, mustard and mayo.
Light, sound and ambience
When you've taken care of the BBQ itself, you should also put some thought into the rest of the event to make sure your guests will still be having a great time even when they're not holding a plate.
If you don't have a shaded verandah or patio, youcan provide essential shade and shelter with beach umbrellas or portable awnings, and stringing up plenty of fairy lights will ensure your party lasts as long as it needs to.
When it comes to music, you know your friends and their tastes, but if you don't, you can't go wrong with a soulful soundtrack of R&B. However lively things get, make sure you're not annoying the neighbours – even if they didn't reply to your invite, the tempting aroma coming over the fence will be punishment enough.
Speak to our design experts
If you're thinking about transforming your outdoor area with a verandah, pergola or other home improvements, contact Install a Veranda's design and installation specialists on 1800 000 504. Get your free consultation today.