While the weather is anywhere near decent us Brits love to be in the garden burning food over hot coals.
The sun is almost shining and the temperature is hotter than it was in December so it must be time to stoke up the good old BBQ. It you weren’t sure if it was the right time of year, Mystical Mayhem Hippy Clothing can confirm British BBQ season is well under way, we’ve already had a few and even managed two in one weekend, how BBQ hardcore are we?
So you’ve got your sun hat, funky looking tie dye top and pair of festival shorts and now its time to get down to the serious stuff.
Every person who BBQ’s in the UK knows to have a few things on standby; a umbrella and a big tub of lighting gel being the most prominent.
Of course a few things can help the day go a little smoother, we suggest a cool box or large bucket filled with ice and beer placed near the chef (bet you thought we’d forgot the beer for a sec), you’ll find that the chef will be a lot happier and produce the food with a smile and jovial attitude, of course if the bucket really starts to get low, you might want to question whether they should be responsible for hot firey things and the preparation of uncooked meat, maybe kick start the chicken and pork off in the oven first just to get some heat into the middle before throwing it on the BBQ to finish off.
Cleaning your BBQ
To clean your BBQ we recommend the more traditional way of doing things, light the BBQ and wait until it is nice and hot, the grill should be attached as this will heat up and kill any bacteria, then using a wire brush you can clean the grill with little or no effort, of course if you’re feeling a little more adventures before you light the BBQ you can always use a steamer or a bit of soap and water but this takes a lot of elbow grease, best thing is to clean the thing straight after use but many people don’t.
Getting your meat
Buying the meat from your local supermarket tends to be the easiest option for most people, however we would always recommend popping to your local butchers to find some lovely meat and some great serving suggestions that many butchers are happy to advise. Our local butcher is great and they have a fantastic choice and even a few BBQ packs at great prices so it’s well worth the look, supermarkets are not always the best for quality and price so keep this in mind.
If you plan on drinking all day then we find a spot of Pimm’s does the trick, it looks great to serve and is very refreshing with ice, strawberries, cucumber and a hint of mint. Of course Pimm’s isn’t for everyone and good old cold beer, wine or spirits and mixers work just as well. Something I’ve noticed is wine being mixed with lemonade to make it a little more refreshing and last a little longer on those hot summers days, make sure there is also plenty of ice for throwing in your cider, Pimm’s or mixed drinks.
If it’s going to be hot don’t forget your suntan lotion, this also helps act as a water protection layer if it decides to rain (especially if you use oil based lotions), the water will just wash straight off you so you’ll be quids in either way 😉
Our great looking sun hats will help keep the sun (or rain) off your head as you chow down on charcoal burnt BBQ food (don’t you just love that taste? I know I do), for some reason my hair decided to evacuate my head area when I was in my late 20’s and so I live in my hat during summer months, it looks good and keeps that pesky sun form burning my bonce. We also have some great female hats so you girls can also hide from the sun.
Hot weather means cool tops, we have a great selection of tops that are prefect for BBQ’s, our Thai short sleeve tops are like a short version of the Kaftan, they are nice and roomy and so are great at letting the air flow around you, I wear these tops when I go on holiday and have always found them perfect in hot climates, they are also made from a good quality cotton so are great for washing easily. Of course we have loads of other great short sleeve tops for both men and women in our product section, including tie dye tops, elephant shirts and more
When you are in the garden and it’s a hot day you really don’t want to be wearing trousers, they stick to you and make you feel uncomfortable.
Better to be in a nice pair of shorts and we have a nice selection of both male and female shorts perfect for getting your BBQ on. With a nice elastic waist band these shorts are perfect for throwing on before your BBQ and help keep you nice and cool throughout the day.
When the suns starts to set and it gets a little colder it’s time to wrap up and we suggest one of our best selling ponchos for this time of night (we would also recommend a small fire pit), these ponchos act as an extra layer and with a hood can really help keep you warm. This means that there is no need to stop the party just yet. If you can also get a fire going you can get the marshmallows out as this really finishes things off nicely.