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DO IT RIGHT SUMMER BBQ

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Summer’s all about warm weather, fun times, and enjoying the outdoors with your friends, so make the most of the season and throw the barbecues that’ll make you king amongst your friends, family or colleagues. Whether you’re hosting your summer BBQ in the backyard, on the veranda or your terrace, there are several things to check-off to ensure all BBQ attendees are satisfied, and a stress-free afternoon as host. Here is how:

GET A GRILL

If you don’t have your own barbecue yet, then this is the first place to start.

Check out our “DIY BBQ barrel grill” instruction to make your own.

But if you’d rather save yourself the hassle and get a readymade one, it is easily available at Bhatbhateni Shopping Market.

Tip: If you are using a gas grill, make sure that you have enough gas before the event; when the guests are ready to eat and the meat is ready to be grilled, a barbecue grill without gas is not taken lightly.

YOUR BBQ CHECKLIST ACCESSORIES

  • Paper plates and plastic cups — easily disposable (however, we do suggest you opt for reusable materials)
  • Plastic cutlery
  • Napkins
  • BBQ utensils
  • Serving utensils
  • Salad bowls
  • Pitchers for beer and ice tea
  • Ice bucket
  • Tablecloth(s)

NOW FOR THE GRUB

The most important part of the barbecue is the food, of course. Get an idea of how many people are coming and make sure you have enough food and drinks for everyone — you don’t want people fighting for the last dog. If you want to cut costs, then you can make it a potluck barbecue, where the guests bring the food. If you do organize a potluck, make sure to get an idea of what everyone should bring, or take initiative and tell the guests whether they’re bringing salad, side dishes, buns, dessert, or brewskies. Yes, too much beer is never a problem, but it’s hard to have a barbecue when the only

items people bring are Carlsberg, Nepal Ice and Coca Cola. If you do decide to have a potluck, it’s easier for you to handle the meat and condiments, in order to ensure they’re taken care of.

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THE WINNING STARTERS

  • Coleslaw (check out our recipe in page 47)
  • Salads – green, potato or pasta
  • Salad dressing
  • Chips – Local Nepal made potato chips are the best
  • Raw veggies and dip (variety available in any department store)

ESSENTIAL MAIN MEALS

  • Burgers
  • Hot dogs
  • Chicken breast
  • Pork Chops
  • Mutton/Buff
  • Salmon (if you want to get fancy)
  • Corn (the perfect BBQ sides, check out the recipe)

NOTE: If you go ahead and decide to invite vegetarians to a BBQ (we suggest otherwise try to have veggie dogs and/or burgers. Skewering some veggies along with delis like tofu and paneer is also idle to make the meat avoiding one pleased.

CONDIMENTS FOR ALL TYPES

  • Ketchup
  • Mustard
  • Barbecue or hot sauce
  • Cheese slices
  • Grilled red peppers
  • Chopped onion

DRINKS

  • Water
  • Beer
  • Soft drinks
  • Wine
  • Cocktails (check our summer drinks for few amazing recipes)

Warning: Some people also include good ol’ whiskey or scotch, but we do not recommend it with the sizzling food on a burning hot BBQ day.

NOTE: Make sure to always have enough ice at your disposal. You can either buy bags of ice at your local convenience store, or make your own by constantly refilling the ice trays in your refrigerator (but this options is completely dependent on your load shedding schedule).

SETTING UP

TABLES & CHAIRS

You want to set up your patio or backyard so that it’s most efficient in terms of capacity, and conducive for socializing. However you can also set up roundtables with chairs or one big table service buffet or an inside food set up and outside standing combo depending upon your guest list and space.

NOTE: Background music is essential for barbecues, but try not to have loud rock music playing; you want to encourage chitchat amongst your guests not beer infused head-banging. An unplugged acoustic open mic live session would be the most perfect thing but then you risk the chance of your drunken friends croaking on the microphone like Adrian Pradhan’s untalented half-brother*.

*No Adrian Pradhan does not have a half brother, that was a joke.

You want to set up your patio or backyard so that it’s most efficient in terms of capacity, and conducive for socializing.

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