I’ve joined forces with the Mini Millionaire to bring you her guide to throwing a knockout BBQ on a budget! Here’s what she had to say….
It’s getting to that time of year again. The weather seems to be brightening up (touch wood it continues), and the shops have started to stock BBQ essentials. But making the most of the great weather by cooking outdoors on a BBQ doesn’t have to cost you a fortune!
Don’t believe me?
I’ve put together a list of my top budget BBQ essentials. All of these items will have you cooking for family, friends or even your next door neighbours without breaking the bank in no time.
It’s kind of a given right? While you may be tempted to skimp and just pick up a disposable BBQ I’d personally avoid them. You can’t re-use them and depending on how many you’re cooking for you might need more than one. Instead invest in a proper BBQ that you can use all summer long. This stylish 14” red BBQ is available for next day delivery with Amazon Prime for £10.
If you opt for the ‘investment BBQ’ over a disposable, then you’re going to need to get yourself some charcoal which you’ll be able to pick up from every major supermarket or garden centre during the spring/summer period. Personally, I’d opt for the Bar-Be-Quick instant light Grab ‘n’ Grill. You can pick a 500g bag up for as little as £1.50 from Asda.
Food can make or break a BBQ. So it’s important to find a balance between budget and good value for money. When it comes to meats I’d recommend Muscle Food. It’s not exactly what the name suggests. Here you can get discounted meat hampers delivered direct to your door containing a wide range of meats all ethically sourced and high in protein, low in fat.
Drop by any of your local pound stores and you’ll find plastic and paper cutlery for £1 (or even less!). Plastic is absolutely perfect if you’re hosting a large number of guests and want to minimise the cleaning efforts afterwards. Alternatively, if you’re looking for a balance when it comes to long-term investments on a great set of BBQ cutlery then consider getting a plastic dinner set instead. These will wipe clean and won’t break if dropped outside.
If you’re going to invest in a BBQ and hope it lasts all summer (or even longer) then you’re going to want to take good care of it. This means cleaning it, and cleaning it well. I love Youtube because it’s literally got a video tutorial for everything you could ever need in life. A cheap, and affective way to clean your BBQ is one of those results. All you need is some tin foil and you’re good to go!
There we have it. My top budget BBQ essentials that are going to have you hosting a fantastic BBQ this summer in no time. Be sure to leave a comment sharing with other readers your top budget BBQ hints and tips.
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