Summer is almost here, and with lots of people still preferring to socialise in small groups close to home, a BBQ is the perfect event.
You can invite as many people as you like, and you can even keep it socially distanced. But the best thing about having a BBQ party is that you can make it a relatively inexpensive affair.
Here are some suggestions to help you throw the perfect BBQ:
1. Shop smart
Food is always the main event at a BBQ, and once you've got the food sorted, everything else will fall into place.
To take the stress out of having to buy everything separately, you could buy a ready-made BBQ bundle from your local supermarket.
At Morrisons, you can get this BBQ box for £40, which includes:
- 4 British Beef Quarter Pounders
- Best pork Sausages 6pk
- Chicken Drumsticks 1.1kg
- Woodheads Pork Belly Slices 454g
- Morrisons Finger Rolls 6pk
- Morrisons soft white rolls 6pk
- Morrisons Cheese Singles 10 Slices
- Morrisons Cypriot Halloumi 225g
- Heinz Thai Sweet Chilli Sauce 260g
- Flava-Ir Barbecue Marinade 35g
- Crisp Leaf Mix 230g
- Morrisons Corn Cobbettes 4 Pack
- Morrisons Baby Potatoes 1kg
- Morrisons Brown Onions 1kg
- Morrisons Salad Peppers 3 Pk
- Morrisons Baby Plum Tomatoes 420g
- Morrisons Creamy Coleslaw 300g
- Doritos Tangy Cheese Sharing Tortilla Chips 180g
- Morrisons Sour Cream Dip 200g
- Morrisons The Best Gruyere & Poppy Twists 100g
- Morrisons Flapjack Mini Bites 24 Pk
- Morrisons Market St Brownie Mini Bites 24 Pk
If you’re planning on throwing a slightly smaller BBQ party, perhaps ASDAs BBQ meat bundle for £27.43 would be a better option. This bundle includes:
- 4 red onion and cheese beef burgers
- 4 quarter pounder beef burgers
- 24 pork chipolata sausages
- 6 Caribbean pork loin steaks
- 8 minted lamb kofta kebabs
- sweet BBQ pulled pork
- 24 white rolls
- Caribbean chicken drumsticks and thighs
- Piri Piri chicken breast sizzlers
Both supermarkets sell a wide range of vegetarian options, so you can cater for any vegan or vegetarian guests.
When shopping for condiments, cut costs by buying nonbranded items. You can also keep costs low by purchasing any extras such as firelighters, skewers, cups, plates, napkins and utensils from the Poundshop.
Throw a potluck
Just because you’re hosting the BBQ doesn’t mean that all responsibility must land on you. Throw a potluck BBQ and encourage your guests to bring a dish or two along.
Tell them you’ll provide the meat if they can provide the bread buns and side dishes. Or be less specific and tell your guests to bring along their most favourite BBQ dish.
Ask your guests to bring some booze with them if they plan on drinking alcohol.
Keep your costs down by letting your guests know you'll be providing a selection of soft drinks and mixers but that they should bring their alcohol of choice with them.
Get rid of the disposable BBQ’s
Disposable BBQ’s are a good idea for a one-off or a BBQ at the beach or park. However, if you’re throwing a party for a big group, disposable BBQs aren’t ideal as they only stay hot for a short amount of time.
You can buy a decent BBQ grill for £15, which means you can throw as many BBQ parties as you like this summer, without having to worry about how many disposable BBQ’s you’ll need to buy.
Fill up on carbs
Meat is expensive, so beef up your food table with plenty of carbs and veggies.
Jacket potatoes cooked in foil are usually a big hit. Corn on the cob is a popular BBQ choice as well. You could also provide a selection of carby side salads, such as pasta salad and potato salad.
Whatever you do, make sure there’s plenty of bread. Burger buns and bread rolls are a BBQ essential.
Use what you already have
If you have enough cups, plates and cutlery in the house for the number of guests you’ve invited, you may as well use them rather than buying paper or plastic ones from the shop. It might mean additional washing up, but it’ll save on costs.
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