Planning a BBQ

For the most fun, frolics and filling food you could need, a good plan can always help make the day of your barbecue that much better. Checking the weather, wiping down the grill and marinating the chicken are all important steps to a great barbecue, but there’s so much more to think about, including the dreaded washing up. The aftermath of a grill fiesta will surely leave you with a few pans, plates and glasses lying about, wherever you look. So, with our tips (and some Finish® dishwasher tablets) you can be prepped and ready for a fun BBQ.

Start the BBQ!

Take a spatula, tongs, a mountain of meat, buns and a barbecue, and you have all the very basics of a good day by the grill. Add to it an apron, and an ironic chef hat, and the party really begins. Add a few friends and family, as well as a few fun games and now you have more things to do. Extra foods like fresh fruit, chocolate, crisps and popcorn add more excitement. Finally, a bin to put all the wasted food wouldn’t go amiss, and a dishwasher for everything else.

What food will you need?

Meat - Burgers always work best, but consider marinating some chicken or making some kebabs on a wooden skewer for something a bit different, and a bit tastier.

Vegetarians – There’s always one! Veggie burgers, baked potatoes, vegetable skewers, eggplant and corn on the cob are great BBQ alternatives to meatier dishes.

Dips and sauces – we all have our favourites, but it’s hard to go wrong with the usual ketchup/mayo/mustard with something homemade like coleslaw or hummus.

Drink - A great way to set any BBQ apart from your neighbour’s is to ask guests to bring an unusual drink they’d like others to try, then mix all the cans/bottles into a big container of ice (separate ones for alcoholic/non-alcoholic), people can then discover new refreshing drinks they wouldn’t have normally tried this way.

Extra implements

Tongs - Whether they’re wooden or metal, be sure to remember you’ll need a place to put them away from the flame between uses or they may end up on the ground!

Sun cream - Easy to forget, but can lead to some sad faces after a heavy day’s sun.

Sports/games – Frisbees, footballs, volleyball are all traditional favourites, but this is a great chance to try something more unusual like bowls or horseshoe throwing.

Candles/tiki-lamps/fairy lights- to keep the party going when things get dark.

Washing up!

As well as all the above, don’t forget to include Finish® Max in 1™ Shine and Protect dishwasher tablets, which are suited to the types of greasy stains that BBQs can lead to. Washing up can be made much easier with Finish®, which cuts through both grease and limescale and leaves your dishes clean.