Tips for summer barbecuing

Skewers of meat and vegetables being turned by someone on a BBQ

Matt Upton, Garden Centre Manager and Buyer, has five tips for trouble-free evenings of outdoor cooking this summer.

Gas-cooked tastes just as good

There’s no doubt that the taste of food cooked over coals tastes great, but contrary to popular belief food cooked over a gas BBQ tastes as good without the smoke and the mess. Morden Hall Park Garden Centre caters for all needs, with full sized and mini charcoal BBQs as well as full sized and portable gas BBQs. You can get your calor gas from the garden centre too.

Try a charcoal chimney starter

If you’ve never tried using a charcoal starter, give one a go. They make the whole process of heating up the charcoal ready for cooking both easier and shorter. We stock both functional and stylish models and can explain how to get the best results from yours.

Use a meat thermometer

Take the guesswork out of serving meat to your guests and invest in a meat thermometer. If you follow the instructions you can rest easy in the knowledge that you have cooked your carnivorous eats to perfection.

Keep the bugs at bay

Avoid the after-barbecue itch and use citronella candles or torches to ward off mosquitoes and other insects. There are so many products in this range that you’re bound to find one that suits you.

Don’t forget the lighting

Create a lovely atmosphere around your barbecue with some carefully chosen lighting. You could try a Tumble Torch that rights itself if accidentally kicked, or several really gorgeous terracotta firepots, both by Esschert Design. We also have a wide range of solar-powered lighting to suit most tastes.