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Checklist for Planning Your BBQ Party

Spring is here and the sun is starting to shine again and we all know what that means, it’s BBQ party time! Whether you’re planning on celebrating the start of spring with a big BBQ party or just a small cookout with the family, there are a few essential things you won’t want to forget. From your cooking equipment to the drinks, our checklist has everything you need for the perfect BBQ. 


Grilling Equipment for Your BBQ Party 

At the heart of your BBQ party is the grill, after all, that is why everyone is attending the party. While BBQ grills come in all shapes and sizes, the tools you need will always be the same.. Remember to choose tools that can stand up to the heat of your roaring BBQ, we recommended stainless steel. 


BBQ Tools Checklist:

  • Apron
  • Foil
  • Spatula
  • Grill Fork
  • Grill Glove
  • Tongs 
  • Basting Brush
  • Towel 


Choosing the Right Charcoal

Choosing the right charcoal for your BBQ will depend on how long you need the grill to burn for. For BBQ beginners who are just starting, our instant light lumpwood charcoal is the perfect choice for you. The charcoal is quick and easy to use and will burn for around one hour, making it great for those small family gatherings. However, if you consider yourself a BBQ master you might want to consider using our premium professional lumpwood charcoal. With a high temperature and burn time of over three and a half hours, this charcoal is designed for those large BBQ parties where you want to impress your friends. 


If you are wanting to pull out all the stops and show your guests how barbequing should be done, why add in some of our wood chunks to the mix? Our Smokin’ woods are a fantastic way to maximise the flavours of your BBQ foods. Learn more about our Smokin’ chips here. 


Drinks and Sauces

You want to keep yourself refreshed if you are going to be the BBQ chef that day, as well as keeping your guests hydrated with a great selection of drinks for everyone to enjoy. By offering a variety of non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks, you can make sure everyone is catered for. On especially hot days, make sure to supply plenty of water. 

After careful planning, you will have already decided the mains and sides you plan to serve your guests, but it’s the little things that make your food go from good to amazing. The condiments and sauces you will need for your BBQ party will depend entirely on what you are planning to grill, though some are staples you will not want to forget. 


Here is a list of just some of the condiments and sauces, your BBQ party needs: 

  • BBQ Sauce
  • Ketchup
  • Mustard 
  • Mayonnaise
  • Hot Sauce 
  • Salsa 
  • Hummus
  • Salt and Pepper


About Us 

At The Green Olive Firewood Company, we pride ourselves on ensuring quality and responsibility across our supply chain to deliver to you the best possible lumpwood and briquette charcoal here in the UK. See our natural range to make sure your BBQ party has everything it needs. To stay up to date with everything we do, follow us on Instagram and Twitter!