Hurray! BBQ season is finally here. Which means great food, great company and (hopefully) great weather. Although, we know all too well that the weather can be very unpredictable in England, which means planning ahead can be difficult. So, we thought it would be a great idea to think of all the BBQ essentials and stick it in one place.

First things first. Do you have a BBQ? Once you have that sorted, it’s time to think about the good stuff.


Hot Dogs

No BBQ is truly complete without the hot dog. And considering how few BBQ’s we have throughout the year, when it’s time for the hot dog, you want to be sure it’s the ultimate hot dog.

Westlers Premium Range canned hot dogs are sure to go down as the ultimate hot dog of the season. These hot dogs come pre-cooked, but they are super delicious thrown onto the BBQ for a quick grilling. Once grilled to desire, stick it in between a soft bun and accompany with your favourite condiment and toppings, and you’ve got yourself the perfect hot dog.

What’s more, these delicious hot dogs can be stored (unopened) in ambient conditions until you need them, which is ideal when we cannot anticipate the next burst of BBQ weather!


What’s your Flava?

Bring extra flavour, tenderness and juiciness to your Summer BBQ by marinating your meats pre-cooking. Yes, it requires some preparation; but the payoff is so worth it.

Making a marinade from scratch and getting the perfect flavours takes a lot of time and trial & error. To help save time and bring you packets of flavour, our Flava-It marinades are perfectly pre-measured-to-taste, so you can host a BBQ to remember. Choose between Garden Mint, Chinese and BBQ flavour. Or, why not choose them all?


Not a meat eater? Why not experiment and try sprinkling these over your favourite vegetables in preparation of flavoursome veggie skewers? You’ll want to throw in a little bit of vegetable or olive oil to maximise marinade power.


Sauces

Pour it up, pour it up. Top off your BBQed meal with a squeeze of delicious sauce, whether that’s in your burger or on your paper plate, ready for some dunking. To keep things interesting, you will want an array of sauces to hand. Crucials BBQ sauce bundle is sure to keep things tantalising and compliment your food.


If that’s not the bundle for you, be sure to check out our other saucy bundles here.

We know as well as the next person that BBQ’s are not the healthiest of meals. Personally, we see it as an opportunity to indulge to our hearts content, and as a chance to enjoy and celebrate food the fire n’ smoke way. But if you want to cut back on the calories, The Skinny Food Co focuses on bringing you some of your favourite sauces, the skinny way. Their ever-growing range include your classics: Ketchup, Garlic Mayo and Smokey BBQ – and your not-so-classics: Peri Peri, South West and Thousand Island.


Dessert

After a filling, hearty BBQ, what’s better than a light and refreshing sweet treat? Mr. Freeze’s ice pops, loved by both children and adults alike, will be sure to go down a storm. And for a limited time only, our Mr. Freeze Super Freeze Ice Pops is our offer of the month!


You can check out our full Mr. Freeze range here.

For a more substantial dessert that looks like a lot of effort, but is secretly no effort at all, The Skinny Food Co offer dreamy bake mixtures for the Banana Bread and Chocolate Chip Flapjack – both accompanied with simple instructions. And at 100 calories per slice, that’s a guilt-free dessert (and a secret you can share)!


To make these baked beauties even more indulgent – and only ever-so-slightly naughtier – why not accompany these bakes with Skinny chocolate spread? Yes, you read right. Skinny. Chocolate. Spread.


Drinks

Being well into July, it’s safe to say that it’s getting hot. Tie that in with all the catching-up we are going to be doing, we’re certainly going to need something to quench our thirst and keep us going.

Nothing will quench thirst quite like a fresh, cold cup of juice. Cawston Press Cloudy Apple Juice is the perfectly refreshing Spring drink, made with Cox’s Orange Pippin for depth, Bramley for bite and Braeburn & Jonagold for delicate sweetness.


For the sweeter tooth, Vimto – the classic fizzy blend of grape, raspberries and blackcurrants – will hit the spot. We offer this British favourite in Original (full-fat) or Zero (diet) – both as tasty and refreshingly fruity as each other!


For a party-party drink, throw in your favourite spirit – or add some bubbly to make a delicious Apple or Vimto Bellini.


BBQ-friendly tableware

To make your life as easy as possible when it comes to both serving your guests and post-BBQ cleaning, you’ll want to have BBQ-friendly tableware at the ready. What makes for the friendliest of BBQ tableware? Essentially, anything that’s discardable/recyclable, lightweight and that can withstand being handled by the overly enthusiastic.

These plates by Caterpack are ideal for BBQs. They are sturdy and super rigid, which means you can be generous with your food. You can also use them in the microwave and freezer, which is particularly handy for any leftovers! Best of all, these plates are made from bagasse (sugar cane fibres) making them 100% biodegradable and naturally compostable.


To accompany your Caterpack plates (both during the BBQ and in the compost bin) is some wooden cutlery. The Compost Me range are sturdy, yet lightweight – and there is plenty to go around! Shop the full food & drink disposables range here.


Post-BBQ

After a wonderful day of BBQing, there’s the dreaded clean down. There’s the charred grilling rack, the smoggy BBQ hood and the greasy BBQ base. And that’s just the BBQ! But don’t let that put you off having and hosting a fantastic time; especially when we have a range of fantastic and efficient cleaning products that will leave you raring to host your next BBQ.

This Cif Perfect Finish Oven & Grill cleaner will restore your BBQ back to the way it was. It’s special formula contains hardcore degreasing agents so you can achieve 100% tough grease removal…even that burnt-on stuff!


And where extra cleaning power is needed, Brillo Multi-Use Soap Pads are designed to remove the toughest of remnants, which is perfect for that stubborn post-BBQ scum. It’s so easy to use, too; simply wet the dirty surface and rub with a dry scouring pad.


For your stainless steel BBQ, Cif’s Perfect Finish Stainless Steel spray will leave you with the ultimate, streak-free shiny finish and ready to do it all over again.


Here’s to all the BBQ’s this Summer!

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