BBQ MONTH WITH CAMGAS
May is BBQ Month, who knew? Well, actually we did! It’s our job to know when BBQs are going to be popular so that we can make sure we have adequate stock for all our customer’s BBQ needs. We supply a range of LPG cylinders compatible with both patio heaters and gas fire pits, as well as your BBQ! So, with that in mind, we thought we’d give you our top BBQing tips to help make your BBQs Brilliant!
Alternatives to Meat for the BBQ.
So, it’s BBQ month, excellent! A time to gather with friends and enjoy the outdoor life with food, drinks and music; however, if you are vegan or vegetarian the standard BBQ fayre may not entice you. As more and more people are experimenting with plant-based foods the choices available are far wider ranging. Linda McCartney, the go to veggie range, have created a Veggie Pulled Pork Burger, which seems to be top of the list for meat alternatives for the BBQ, especially as they are suitable for vegans too. Alternatively, why not try a ‘shroomdog’ as a substitute to a sausage! If you like the taste of meat, but would rather opt for a veggie option, Richmond’s do a brilliant vegan sausage, you’d be hard pressed to tell the difference with a blind taste test! But if you’re not a fan of the meat substitute, you cannot go wrong with a halloumi burger – it's amazing what you can do to a slice of halloumi! Or keep it simple with a rainbow of roasted vegetables on a skewer!
Spruce up Your Sides!
Do you have a favourite accompaniment for the BBQ? For many, a BBQ represents a burger in a bun, maybe a sausage and a bowl of salad on the side. However, if this is you, you’re seriously missing out! If you haven’t eaten a buttery sweet, corn on the cob cooked on the BBQ, it’s time to try! But, there’s so much more too! Why not try making your own coleslaw and add some grated apple and cheese for a change. Upgrade your classic potato salad, by adding some lime and siracha, or level out the carbs by baking some sweet potato wedges with a drizzle of honey and sprinkle on some sesame seeds for sweetness and texture. It’s definitely time to expand the repertoire and enjoy more than a bag of ready washed salad leaves!
No BBQ would be complete without a beverage in hand to help wash it down. There are so many options from wine, beer, gin, cocktails, non-alcoholic drinks and soft drinks, the choice is a personal one, however, there are some drinks that lend themselves to certain foods and make the perfect pairing! If you’re having steak on the BBQ, try a nice glass of Malbec or a lighter Shiraz if you’re BBQing in the afternoon. For poultry and fish, try a crisp, cold Sauvignon Blanc or some bubbles! Prefer Rosé; there are some beautifully light rosé wines which would pair with fish, salads and chicken, such as a delicately dry, Pinot Grigio Blush or a Sancerre. Burgers and beer? Absolutely! An ice-cold larger works wonders with BBQ meats and veggies or opt for a stronger ale to cut through bold flavours such as pulled pork. Then for the designated drivers or tee-totals among us, why not try one of the many new alcohol-free spirits and beers available on the market, there are many more options now however, you can’t go wrong with a cold can of coke or a cup of tea (we are British after all)!
More Smores Please!
You’ve finished your BBQ, your savoury tooth is satisfied, but now you fancy something sweet! The solution and the most perfect BBQ pudding has to be Smores!! Roasting marshmallows is always good fun for children and adults, but making them into a Smore, raises the bar, taking the tempting treat to another level! So, what is the key to a perfect Smore? It’s quite simple really, you need a pack of digestive biscuits, a bar of your favourite chocolate and a bag of marshmallows. That’s it! Simply roast your marshmallows carefully on the BBQ, then when they’re golden and gooey, you sandwich them between two digestives, with a generous block of chocolate! The molten marshmallow melts the chocolate and creates a gooey, taste sensation that all the family will love! Props to our American friends across the pond for introducing us to this treat.
Post BBQ Chill.
The British Weather can quite often cut short an enjoyable outdoor BBQ session; as the sun goes down so does the temperature! However, there are some amazing solutions these days, which will see you making the most of the evenings and keep you toasty warm! Patio heaters have been around for a while now, and although they were once only a luxury at a fancy pub with an outdoor area, you can now have one on your own patio! There are even tabletop versions for you to sit around and warm up by. Then, there are the most recent additions to the home heating heroes' range, in the form of a fire pit – be it tabletop or freestanding! They are worthy investments and as they are gas powered, they are easier to heat, provide consistent temperatures and are much better for the environment compared to traditional coal/log burning fire pits (and your hair and clothes won’t pong either!).
Don’t Forget The Essentials!
Now you have all your food ready, the buns are bought and drinks cupboards are full, you need to make sure you have the essentials to ensure your BBQ runs as smoothly as your burger sauce. Time to stock up on LPG gas cylinders!
Our stockists and depots have plenty of stock to cater for all you BBQing needs – call our Head Office on 01244 520551 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange delivery.
We hope you’re inspired by our BBQ ideas and would love to hear if you have any top BBQ tips yourself? Why not share them with us or send us your pictures of you getting BBQ ready, we’d love to see them.