Once the last grips of winter release their icy claws we can start to look forward to the summer and that means it’s time to fire up the barbecue. Don’t worry if you have experienced a few disasters in the past, take heart from this blog and throw a brilliant barbecue for family and friends. Here’s how.

Buy quality produce: The better the produce you cook on the grill the tastier your barbecue is going to be. Think about the flavour of the food, try our organic range of burgers or tuck into out tasty sausages and your guests will be queuing up for more.

Prep beforehand: If you want to marinade meats do this overnight, simply pop them in the fridge until you are ready to cook. You can make side salads a couple of hours before your guests arrive, create a home coleslaw, butter bread rolls and get organised well before your first guest knocks on your door.

Clean and lightly oil the grill: Good preparation is key to a proper barbecue so make sure you clean the grill and any utensils you’ll be using first and lightly mist or wipe oil on the grill. This should prevent food from sticking to the grill and make your life easier as you go along.

Light charcoals in plenty of time. This is the biggest mistake when people prepare barbecue food, they leave it too late to light the charcoals and end up cooking meat over a naked flame. Avoid this by lighting the coals around 20 minutes before your guests arrives, once the coals turn grey you are good to go. Carefully monitor food as it cooks, pre-cook chicken in the oven, then give it the charcoal treatment by adding it to the grill for a few minutes.

Create a drinks tub: Fill a large plastic tub with ice and this can be your makeshift fridge. People can help themselves to drinks outside and they won’t be making numerous trips in and out of your kitchen.

These are just a few tips you can try at your next barbecue, just don’t forget to order your organic meat in plenty of time!