The three-day weekend is the ideal time to fire up the barbecue, invite some friends round and enjoy some delicious food cooked outdoors. Now, the weather may not be overly reliable at the moment – at least not when it comes to sunshine and barbecuing! – but our love of al fresco cooking surpasses the weather. Besides, it’s very British to have a barbecue in the rain!
So make sure you plan ahead for your perfect May bank holiday BBQ this weekend. First of all, decide which day you want to have a barbecue, especially if you think a barbecue party might be in order. Everyone is relaxed thanks to the extra day off work so simply embrace the weather, expect the worst and then hopefully be happy it stays dry! There are plenty of ways you can ensure the barbecue is still fun and that the sausages don’t get wet, although as temperatures are expected to be cool over this weekend a lunchtime barbecue might be the best option.
Once you’ve picked the date, there are only two core things you need to do next – decide how to tackle the weather and cope with guest numbers!
Weather and barbecues
As much as it’s tempting to be optimistic and think it’ll be fine for your barbecue, given the recent downpour of rain there’s a good chance you’ll at least experience showers during the cooking experience. One excellent way to cope with this, though, is with a gazebo in your garden. By erecting a gazebo outside, there’s a place you and your guests can huddle if needed, and you can make sure the all-important barbecuing isn’t interrupted too.
It’s a good idea to tell guests to wear warm clothes, and to have a few hot drinks to-hand for when they arrive. However, once the food starts flowing and people start chatting, staying near the barbecue no doubt – both for its food and heat – it’s easy to forget the weather and just focus on having a good time.
And if the worst happens and the rain comes tumbling down, hopefully you’ll be able to enjoy your barbecued dishes in the warmth of inside.
Numbers and barbecues
Being organised helps make your barbecue party go smoothly – before people arrive ensure the barbecue is clean and you have enough fuel to fire your gas BBQ or charcoal barbecue. Plus, it’s a good idea to get the charcoals burning before guests arrive so you’re ready to start cooking soon after.
Keep the food flavoursome and simple, preparing any dishes in the kitchen so you only need to add them to the grill outdoors. Favourites like jacket potatoes are so easy and can go on the barbecue nice and early, and people love lots of different salads and barbecue sauces too – which you can have on the side ready for people to dive into. Obviously, no barbecue is complete without ample sausages and burgers, but check any dietary requirements with guests beforehand so you offer vegetarian alternatives too if needed.
Most of all – enjoy your barbecue party. People attend primarily to see you so don’t worry too much about the odd soggy or burned sausage, and instead relax and enjoy the good food and company. A perfect way to spend your May bank holiday weekend!