BBQ Season is Here
For any of you who follow me on Twitter or visit my site you will know that I don’t have a BBQ season and that I like to cook outdoors throughout the year.
I was walking around my local supermarket today and it dawned on me there really is a seasonal element to BBQ. The briquettes and charcoal are out on show, together with accessories and cheap BBQ’s. It won’t be long until we start to see the pre-packed BBQ food lining the shelves.
I am not criticising here but what I would really like to see is the supermarkets providing guidance for people to get started with grilling. This includes the essential equipment to help someone BBQ and how to use it safely and properly. It’s true there are some great online resources that people can easily get access, but if the supermarkets are going to profit from this seasonal trend, it would also be great to see them help educate.
What they may find is through helping to educate they may find the BBQ season gets extended, which ultimately will be good for them.
BBQ does not need to be an expensive hobby to get into (although if you get hooked it will quickly turn into one). UK BBQ Week ran a great series of articles last year called ‘Ady’s BBQ Journey‘, where Ady tried to find the cheapest way to get the starting equipment to BBQ. He then went on to do some great cooks using the equipment.
It showed that it can be relatively cheap to get cooking and the BBQ equipment popping up in supermarkets, will certainly do a job. If you are starting out and are unsure if it is something you will stick at this is the way to go.
If you have more funds, I do believe spending more will get you a better BBQ.
There are also some great resources out there on the internet. One of my favourite series of articles is ‘30 Days to better BBQ‘ which you will find on http://barbechoo.com. This series of articles has everything you will need to read to get you up and running and improving your BBQ skills.
There are also some other great resources out there and when you start looking into BBQ and grilling, you will see how diverse it can be. The UK BBQ community is also very supportive, so if you have any questions or unsure about anything, contact any of them through either their social media channels or their sites, and most will be very willing to help you out.
Take a look at the Useful Resources section where you will find some of the prominent blogs together with other resources you will find useful.
If you have any question on BBQ or would like any general BBQ advice please feel to post a question or comment below or get in touch with me on Twitter.
You never know you may end up where there is no BBQ season, where you are happy to BBQ 365 days a year. Welcome to the UK BBQ Community!