How to host the best summer barbecue EVER

What’s the one thing you’re looking forward to most this summer?

Lazy days in the sun? Long balmy evenings spent under the stars? Maybe even a much-needed getaway now that travel restrictions are lifting?

But for us, it’s all about the simple joy of just hanging out with our friends and family; something we clearly took for granted before lockdown!

But with the sun shining (for now) and the fun days of summer finally here, we just want to make the most of our time together from here on out.

Pubs and restaurants have begun opening up, but with some restrictions and social distancing still in place, one of the best ways to socialise is to host a shindig in your back garden.

And what says ‘summer’ better than a barbecue? The food, the laid back vibes… It’s all good!

So this year, if you really want to welcome your loved ones back in style, why not make it the best barbecue ever?

At Costcutter* you’ll find everything you need to bring summer home and straight into your back garden. And you could even WIN one of hundreds of prizes thanks to Budweiser.

So here’s how to make your barbecue EPIC this summer. Even if you do have to run indoors to shelter from the classic British weather…

Create your own festival!

Festival season 2020 was cancelled and it’s one of the biggest losses this summer. There’s nothing more fun or freeing than living alongside thousands of people in a tent, listening to music from dawn until dusk and getting away from the pressures of everyday life.

So we say, do it yourself!

Creating a mini festival is easier than you might think and will really give your barbecue some edge. Start with a spot of ‘decorating’ to give your outdoor space that festi feel.

Lay out rugs on the lawn and why not pitch a couple of tents or Tipis where you can huddle or just store a few bits and pieces? Add some atmosphere with twinkly fairy lights and bulbs strung around trees, bushes and doorways and we highly recommend providing flower crowns or hippy-ish headpieces to help everyone get into the spirit.

And how about hanging a disco ball or some bunting too and make it a two day extravaganza?

Oh and the best bit? No actual camping required!

Food to get excited about
Festival food is the best and you can recreate some of it with your trusty barbecue!

There’s nothing more tempting than a burger straight off the grill. Whether you add cheese, bacon, mustard, ketchup, onions, or all of the above, everyone loves a burger.

At Costcutter right now there are some great offers on BBQ favourites**. You can get a pack of quality beef burgers for just £2.50 and veggies won’t miss out either, with Co-op’s GRO Vegan burgers available in-store for just £1.50.

So whack them on the barbie, serve in a soft bun and we guarantee you’ll have your guests asking for more.

Want to mix things up a bit and impress your friends with your BBQ prowess? Then why not do things a little differently?

Costcutter has loads of easy-to-make recipes, ideal for summer shindigs and this one for chicken tikka kebabs, is mouthwateringly good…

Chicken Tikka Kebab Skewers
Spice things up with something a bit different – but delicious – with these tangy tikka kebabs. Perfect for grilling on the barbie!

Serves: 4

Prep: 30 minutes

Cook: 60 minutes

Ingredients

  • 150ml pot low fat natural yogurt
  • 2 tbsp. tikka masala paste
  • 700g skinless, chicken breasts cut into chunks.
  • ½ cucumber, chopped
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • 1 green chilli, seeded & finely sliced
  • 4 tbsp roughly chopped fresh coriander
  • 8 soft flour tortillas wraps or chapatti.

Method

1.Begin by mixing the yogurt and curry paste together in a large bowl.

2.Throw the chicken in with the mixture, season and stir well.

3.Cover the bowl and stand for 30 minutes to allow the chicken to marinate. (For best results prepare day before use and chill overnight)

4.Push chicken pieces onto metal skewers.

5.Place the skewers onto a pre-heated grill or barbecue for around 8-10mins turning occasionally to evenly cook.

7.Cover tortillas or chapatti’s in foil and warm them on the side of the grill (alternatively you can warm them in a microwave, 10 – 15 seconds should do it.)

8.Serve up the chicken skewers with the tortillas / chapatti’s with some freshly prepared salad.

The ultimate line-up

What does every festival have? A killer line-up.

And no get-together is complete without some killer tunes so get on your favourite music app and put together YOUR dream line-up in one amazing playlist.

Imagine, all your favourite bands and artists in one place and no suffering through acts you’re not really into!

Start with more laid back, chilled out tunes for a lazy afternoon, ramping it up to bigger headliners, before ending the night with some classic dance tracks to see you to bed.

Blast it from a wireless speaker and go large! (While being considerate of your neighbours of course.)

Delicious drinks
If you’re hosting a group, no matter how small, it’s always good to have a choice of drinks to offer.

Beers always go down well and at Costcutter right now you can get a 12 pack of Budweiser 300ml for just £7.99, saving £3 on the usual price.

Get a 12 pack of Budweiser 300ml for just £7.99 at Costcutter
And everyone loves a G&T, so serve your guests a summery update on this absolute classic with Gordons Sicilian Lemon Gin. Add a slice of fresh lemon to bring out the zesty citrus flavour and at just £15.49 a bottle at Costcutter, you’ll make your hard-earned money go further this season.

And of course, you’ll need something refreshing for kids and anyone who wants to go alcohol-free, so how about mixing up this delicious recipe for summer punch?

Tropicanna Summer Punch

Serves: 4

Prep: 5 minutes

Cook: 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 260ml unsweetened pineapple juice
  • 260ml orange juice (juice, not concentrate)
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 250ml lemonade
  • Fresh raspberries
  • Fresh blueberries

Method

  1. Combine the pineapple juice, orange juice, and lime juice in a pitcher. Refrigerate for a few hours to chill the juices.
  2. Right before serving, stir in the lemonade. Add fresh berries and orange slices to the pitcher.
  3. Top glasses with an orange slice. Serve immediately.

And don’t, whatever you do, forget the ice.

Whether you’re pouring your gin over ice or just want to keep your beers cold, ice is the party essential you just can’t do without.

Party ice is only £1 a bag at Costcutter
Luckily bags of of the frozen stuff are only £1 at Costcutter so keeping everything cool will be a breeze.

So with a back garden glow-up and some seriously good food, your festival themed barbecue is good to go!

Now all you need is the sun to keep on shining…

Bring summer home with Costcutter and Budweiser!

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T&Cs apply***

*Costcutter is continuing to work hard to feed the nation, and in partnership with its suppliers, to get more stock into stores. However, there may be unexpected interruption to the availability of some products listed.

**Offers available in store 15th July – 4th August 2020