Hosting The Perfect Summer BBQ

By on 16th July 2014 (updated: 10th March 2020) in Latest News

Grilling On The BBQ

So here we are at the height of summer again, and what better way to celebrate than to host a tasty BBQ with family and friends?

But before you do, first ask yourself, is your house in order? Do you have everything you need to fire up the grill and head outside? If not, you could probably do with a quick course in throwing a mid-summer soirée.

To help you out this season, we’ve compiled a selection of top tips; with them, there’s no doubt you’ll be the talk of the town, throwing the best BBQ of the summer.

The BBQ Checklist

Before the day arrives, make sure that you have stocked up on the following items. Don’t risk leaving it until last minute.

  • Ice
  • Pitchers
  • Napkins
  • Placemats
  • A tablecloth
  • Salad bowls
  • 1 novelty apron
  • Grilling & serving utensils
  • Fancy plates, bowls, glasses and cutlery


What’s On The Menu?

As soon as you know who is coming, and their food preferences, it’s time to start thinking about the menu.


Kick things off with a tasty starter whilst the main course cooks away. Here are some quick and easy things to get everyone around the garden table:

  • Chips
  • Coleslaw
  • Caesar salad
  • Raw vegetables and dip

Main Course

Here’s where your creativity and culinary skills really need to show.

Everyone knows what to expect when they attend a BBQ, but nothing leaves an impression like a special glazing, sauce or marinade for a flavour like no other. However, if you’re a little lacking when it comes to flair in the kitchen, a quick search on the internet for some top BBQ recipes will most definitely help you out.

The very best BBQ’s tend to include the following foods:

  • Salmon
  • Hot dogs
  • Chicken breasts
  • Corn on the cob
  • Burgers (Aberdeen angus & veggie)


If you still have guests coming back for more and more, finish things off with a nice dessert and close the kitchen for the day.

It’s best to have a number of cool choices, such as:

  • Cake
  • Gateau
  • Ice cream
  • Fruit Salad

 Garden Party

Let The Games Begin

If your guests are bringing the kids over, make sure you have plenty to keep them entertained. Most local supermarkets will have a garden play-set that should keep them occupied until the feast is good to go.

If there are no children attending, games are still great ways to keep people amused whilst the grill is going, and if you’re mixing groups for the first time, they are definitely a brilliant icebreaker.

Don’t be afraid to bring out the limbo, but only in extreme circumstances.

Create A Great Playlist

At events like these, everyone likes to take a trip down memory lane when it comes to table conversation. What better way to kick off some nostalgia than a playlist kitted out with the best sounds from the glory days?

Guilty pleasures are always encouraged.

Let There Be Light

The party doesn’t have to stop when the sun goes down.

Dot some fairly lights, candles and lanterns around the patio and table area for a nice bit of mood lighting and you’re set for a few more hours of fun.

By now it’s probably a little too late to be running around the garden playing games, and after the giant feast that everyone has just enjoyed, coupled with a few glasses of vino, that’s the last thing on anyone’s mind.

Bring over a deck of cards or a board game – you don’t really know who your friends are until they’ve played a round of Jenga.

Let The Drinks Flow

During the day you’ve been a master of the grill, but when the sun sets and the moon appears it’s time to release your inner bartender.

The most prepared barbecuer will have factored drinks into their plan too. By this point you should be more than aware of the types of drinks that are favoured by your friends. Bring out cocktail shakers and get mixing.

Finally, crack open a bottle of whatever tickles your fancy, sit back, relax and rest over a job well done.

Have any top BBQ tips to share? Head over to the Ovenu Facebook page and let us know.


Image Credits

BBQ image courtesy of BigStock

Garden Party courtesy of BigStock

Rik Hellewell is the Founder & Managing Director of Ovenu and a member of the Approved Franchise Association. He established Ovenu in 1993, cleaning 4,000 ovens and proving his concept over five years before starting the franchise business. Since then he has helped over 200 franchisees achieve their dreams of running successful businesses of their own. Established for over 25 years, the Ovenu concept has proven successful across the UK, New Zealand, Australia and the USA.