Essentials for Hosting a Barbeque Party
The best barbeque parties seem relaxed and enjoyable when you’re a guest, but that is largely attributed to extensive planning by the hosts beforehand in order to hit the ground running during crunch time. We’ve covered the bases for what you’ll need below so you can enjoy your own party with the least amount of worry.
There are no set rules as to which is the best barbeque kit, as they cater to different tastes and preferences. Gas-based units are known to be easier to use and cleaner than charcoal sets, with less prep time. However, most BBQ afficianadoes prefer using charcoal units to grill meats and veggies as the food is infused with a unique smoky flavour and cooks more evenly.
If opting for a charcoal unit, use natural charcoal along with wood chips for the best flavour, and don’t forget to have lighter fluid at the ready. Prepping charcoal grills will also require a longer setup time as compared to gas units, so do manage your day accordingly.
Good cooks require the right cooking utensils to complement their craft. Use barbeque gloves, a long handled spatula and grilling fork, sturdy tongs that can grip food easily (never lift food off the grill by poking it!). Keep a sharpened all-purpose knife handy, along with a chopping board and an apron.If possible, invest in a meat thermometer which will give you an accurate indication of when your meat is ready.
It won’t do to scramble around for these important items at the last minute, so make sure you stock up on tin foil, paper towels, napkins, disposable plates and cups, and wet wipes. Have a basic set of cleaning supplies at the ready such as a grill brush and microfibre cleaning cloths that can mop up any mess in a jiffy. Don’t forget garbage bags – recyclable items can be disposed in different coloured bags for convenience.
You’ll want to keep bug repellents handy as they can be quite a menace. Mosquito sprays and coils are of particular importance. There are also organic roll-on bug repellents that your guests will greatly appreciate, so add that to your B.I.G. shopping list. You could also opt for tiki torches, which not only provide beautiful outdoor lighting but will lend your party an ‘islandish’ theme. They can also naturally repel mosquitoes if filled with citronella candles.