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To BBQ, or not to BBQ that is the question?
Men like it because its pagan, and a justifiable mess.
Women like it because they don’t have to cook, and ‘he’s’ busy.
It tastes delicious and is a great evening outdoors.
Originally a few flames licked at our food brought us into a world of tastes and smells our ancestors didn’t know existed and couldn’t have dreamt of. Something obviously fell into the fire a couple of million years ago we get ‘a roast’! Wonderful.
Buy a BBQ if you have the outside space. The cheaper ones get used, the more expensive ones get admired.
Never ask your neighbours if they mind, as they will say ‘no’, unless they are invited over to eat.
Start early as no one can see meat in the dark, and avoid eating it raw or drunk.
Remove all children away from flames with tongs.
Dress accordingly, and eat before the guests arrive so you don’t serve raw meat. Starving people serve underdone food.
Invite friends that help carrying and cleaning up.
Most man can’t resist taking over the BBQ until it either heats up or goes out. Its great therapy for them.
Most flats do not allow BBQ’s in the lease light up, don’t be a nuisance, dance widely, play loud music or light fireworks. Just eat and keep quiet and you might get ‘smelt’ but not get noticed.
A cheap BBQ set from Argos it will reduce the risk of it getting stolen, buy it in the winter or on sale and don’t expect hit last. Even gardeners and thieves aren’t fussed about the £9.99 kit from Argos so it will rot before its stolen.
Get BBQ tools from the Pound Shop, or a cheap market and expect to loose the lot. You won’t. Only expensive BBQ implements go missing.
Think outdoors foods; Corns, salads, coleslaws, jacket potatoes, shrimps, fish….cook the lot and you can eat for three days.
Stock up on aluminium foil from The Pound Shop and start wrapping.
Put everything in large coloured plastic washing up bowls (the ones our Chinese cousins are making for us). All the sauces, all the salads, all the corns, knives and forks the lot.
Fish from the markets is the most affordable but get to know the stall holders to get the best deals.
Marinate the meats. Marinate, marinate, season and flavour all day or over night. Its easy in small fridges. Make kebabs, ribs, all cheap cuts and pretend its a holiday so have fun.
Buy cheap paper plates and cups and big black plastic bags for the rubbish.
Blame a child as the excuse for using plastic. Borrow a child if you need to.
everyone eats and drinks before you do. Its very rude but they do.
food gets left on the grass for animals
knives and forks get lost
steaks are not cheap
ashes will burn holes
neighbours get angry
everyone eats with out asking stupid gastronomic questions/requests
food can get thrown into the trees
plates/cups/foil gets thrown away or burnt
you can use cheaper cuts
lovely fire to sit around
smoking out an irritating neighbour.
I found the hardest thing about a BBQ is making sure your guests do actually arrive, stay sober and don’t touch the flames.