The Perfect BBQ

Backyard BBQ Party Planning – Tips for Hosting the Perfect Barbie

In Australia, a backyard BBQ is more than a meal; it's a cultural ritual. So, as the weather warms up and the days get longer, it's time to brush off the Barbie and step up your grilling game. Here are seven essential tips to ensure your BBQ is not just good but an epic Aussie gathering.

1.   Choose the Right BBQ to Suit Your Needs

Selecting the right BBQ is crucial to an epic grillin’ good time! So, ask yourself the following questions:

  • How often will I use it?
  • How much space do I have?
  • Will I need to move it around?

CROSSRAY offers an array of quality options, from the most powerful electric BBQs for hassle-free cooking to innovative gas BBQs with infra-red technology for that perfect sear. Choose one that aligns with your lifestyle and space, and look forward to some legendary BBQs!

2.   Positioning of the Barbeque

Location is key! You need to place your BBQ in a well-ventilated area whilst still keeping it close to the heart of the party. Aussies love to gather around the Barbie, so make sure it's in a spot where friends can mingle, chat, and enjoy a cold one while the grilling magic happens.

3.   Marinate Well in Advance

Marinating your meat is a game-changer, so start at least two hours before grilling to allow the awesome flavours to penetrate deeply into the meat. Just be careful with acidic or alcohol-based marinades, as they can toughen the meat if left too long. PRO TIP: Use a plastic bag to marinade the meat for a clean, easy process.

4.   Prep Your Salads and Sides in Advance

Everyone knows that the sides are as important as the main grill. So, prepare your salads, potato wedges, baked potatoes or corn on the cob ahead of time. Remember, a great BBQ offers something for everyone – not just the carnivores!

5.   Cooking Utensils Are Just as Important

The right tools make all the difference, so make sure you have a good-quality spatula, tongs, and reusable BBQ sheets (the latter can transform your grilling experience). These sheets help to keep your grill clean and stop food from falling through the bars, which is crucial for any BBQ master.

6.   When Should You Turn the Meat?

The meat-turning debate is a classic, and while there's no one-size-fits-all answer, the general consensus is to keep flipping to a minimum. Turning meat too often can dry it out and destroy its awesome flavour. PRO TIP: Watch for the sear, then flip – usually once or twice is enough.

7.   Don’t Forget to Let It Rest

This tip is crucial to an awesome BBQ that will be remembered for years - let your meat rest after cooking. For juicy, tender meat, let it sit for at least half the time it took to cook. Cutting into it too soon will release all those delicious juices. Patience here is not just a virtue; it's the secret to mouth-watering BBQ meat.

Savouring the Success of Your Backyard Feast!

Mastering the art of the backyard BBQ is about more than just firing up the grill. It's about choosing the right BBQ grill and equipment, preparing in advance, and knowing the tricks of the trade. Follow these tips, and you'll be well on your way to hosting the ultimate Aussie BBQ. Fire up the Barbie and let the good times roll!