When the sun is out it is always nice to invite a small group of friends and family round for a BBQ. There is nothing better than being surrounded by love and laughter with an ice old beer in one hand and a burger (veggie or meat) in the other. Cooking at home doesn’t need to break the bank – here’s how you can have a cracking summer BBQ on a budget:
Use Cheap Cuts of Meat – You don’t have to go all out and buy the most expensive cuts of meat for a budget BBQ. The sheer fact that it’s being grilled will enhance the flavour in any meat. Shop around for the best discounts and you can save on your final bill. If you want to cook some steak on your barbecue it doesn’t matter at all if you choose to use the cheaper cuts of meat. With chicken, the cheaper legs and thighs are actually tastier than the breast, as you are cooking on the bone.
Don’t Use Too Much Fuel – For any BBQ on a budget you’ll be aware of the cost of fuel. One of the easy mistakes to make when cooking on a BBQ is to pile up the charcoal when there really isn’t any need. Three pounds of charcoal is more than enough to cook for around 6 people. For gas BBQs you only need to cook on the highest level for the first 5 minutes of the food cooking. After that you can cook your meats on the lower setting and boost the flavour!
Homemade Marinades and Rubs – Whether you’re looking to make BBQ style chicken, or marinaded steak, utilise your kitchen and make them at home to reduce the cost significantly. Tips to improve your BBQ include making all of your rubs and marinades in advance, leaving your meats to soak everything up and to be succulent when cooked on the grill the day of the BBQ. You can make your rubs a few days prior and coat your meats just before placing on the grill. When marinating chicken and other BBQ meats you can do so the night before your summer BBQ.
Added Extras – It’s easy to spruce up a sausage or burger with some simple, and cheap toppings. Add some grilled mushrooms and onions to any bap or bun and your guests will go crazy. Another way to boost your BBQ flavours is to make homemade burgers. This opens up a whole world of possibilities, you can stuff the meat with blue cheese or bacon, leaving an oozing-melty-meaty dream of a burger!
Cook with Leftovers in Mind – Plan carefully for your summer BBQ extravaganza and don’t let your guests go hungry. Always plan to cook enough so that there will be leftovers. In terms of cooking on a budget this is brilliant as it ensures that you are being fuel-efficient for your meals over the coming days. Your cooked meats will stay good for a day or two and are easy to reheat – just sprinkle with water, wrap in foil and cook in the oven for 5 minutes.
My Financial Broker knows how to throw a good summer BBQ on a budget and to really enjoy the good weather when it arrives in the UK. You can see that you don’t have to splash out for a successful summer budget BBQ!