How to have the perfect summer barbecue on the Isle of Wight

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Grab your hot dogs and get your milk bottle legs out – summer’s here.

Is there anything nicer than chatting with friends, having a few drinks, and listening to the sound of tasty food sizzling away on the barbecue? Probably not. So here’s a guide to the perfect food fest.

  • Location, Location, Location

    Yaverland beach. Photo by Ronald Saunders
    Yaverland beach. Photo by Ronald Saunders

    You need to make sure you pick a good spot to host your barbecue. Obviously the garden is an easy choice, but the Island has so many amazing beaches to explore. Just be sure to check the rules on fires and barbecues before setting up. And don’t be a litter bug – it’s not big and it’s not clever!

  • Get the drinks in

    Photo via Pixabay
    Photo via Pixabay

    Be sure to stock up on plenty of drinks. Fruit ciders always go down a treat in the summer, along with cocktails and mocktails. We’re lucky to have a distillery on the Island, so make the most of it and pick up a bottle of Wight Mermaids Gin or Rock Sea Vodka for your big event. There’s also a great selection of ales brewed on the Island, so you’ll be spoilt for choice.

  • Meaty magic

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    Photo via Pixabay

    Burgers, hotdogs, kebabs, seafood, ribs – the list goes on. It’s always worth investing in some sort of marinade, and honey mustard is usually a popular one. If you’re looking for a decent steak, or just fancy going organic, the Island has lots of farm shops selling top quality meat, and there are usually bumper barbecue packs on offer.

  • Veggie delight

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    Photo via Pixabay

    Throw some colour in there and mix up your kebab skewers. There’s so many tasty vegetarian options to whip up and Pintrest is usually a good starting point. The Island has a great reputation when it comes to tomatoes, so find some locally grown ones and stick ’em on the grill.

  • Music

    Photo via Pixabay
    Photo via Pixabay

    This can make or break a good night. Set up some playlists ahead of the barbecue, and work out some kind of order. After all, you don’t want Mr Brightside playing just as things get going, that’s definitely an end of the night kind of song. There’s plenty of cheap wireless speakers around, and they’re definitely worth investing in — you’ll be surprised how often you use them. If you need some musical inspiration, check out yoppul’s Tunesdays, where we recommend Island bands and singers.

Enjoy!

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