February 23, 2016

What’s more fun than gathering friends and family for a backyard picnic or garden party? Michelle Rossier, marketing manager at BeefEater Barbecues, says: “With a little planning, you can whip up a simple, yet tasty barbecue meal and turn it into a memorable event.”

“Planning a barbecue party doesn’t need to be overwhelming, in fact it can be fun – you may even surprise yourself with how creative you can be with a delicious barbecue menu everyone will love.”

With a little forward thinking and organisation on the day, Michelle says, you can ensure food is cooked to perfection, guests have a fabulous time, and you get a moment to relax.

Here are her five top tips:

  1. Preparation is key. Prepare as much as you can the night before. Marinate meats overnight and assemble side dishes, so the only thing you need to worry about on the day is cooking the meat or seafood.
  2. Keep your cool. When it comes to outdoor parties, running low on cold beverages simply isn’t an option. But this doesn’t mean as host you should have to play bartender all day. Keep the drinks flowing and the guests hydrated by filling colourful enamel bins with ice and assorted bottled drinks.
  3. Create a feast. With Aussies becoming increasingly adventurous when it comes to cooking on the barbie, become your own masterchef and expand your culinary skills by testing out easy, yet super-tasty barbecue recipes. Prawns, seafood kebabs or veggie skewers are always a hit with the guests.
  4. Release your inner entertainer. Like any appliance in your home, with time, new technologies emerge and new and improved models become available. Whether you have a humdrum patio or neglected deck, there are many mobile and built-in barbecue options available to suit every budget.
  5. Tool kit. Apart from the barbecue itself, there are very few tools required to throw a good barbecue. However, if you’re after perfectly cooked meals that will leave your guests impressed, then there are a few additional tools to add to your kit, such as long-handled utensils or a meat thermometer to help you judge whether meat is cooked to your liking, and poultry is cooked through.

Finally, Michelle suggests providing entertainment to keep your guests engaged and mingling.

“It’s always a good idea to have some entertainment to break the ice between new friends,” she says. “Create a playlist the night before so there’s good music and some classic backyard games like badminton or even trivia can really liven up your party.”

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