5 Essential Items for Hosting a Barbeque

5 Essential Items for Hosting a Barbeque
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The barbeque is a great Australian tradition. Even for those who are not that patriotic, sitting around the barbie is one thing most Aussies love to do. Australians love the outdoors; we have fabulous steak and great beer, all the essential items to make a great barbeque. Except of course for the barbeque! If you don’t already have one, check out the great range at http://www.barbequesgalore.com.au/ where there is truly a barbeque for everyone.

Invite the guests, get some great steak and grab a few snags, get plenty of ice for the esky and you ready to host a great barbeque. Or are you? Here are a few tips to help make your barbeque a roaring success.

5 Essential Items for Hosting a Barbeque

Clean the Barbeque

It is really important to start out with a nicely cleaned barbeque. It is tempting, at the end of a long day at the barbeque, to leave it dirty. This practice will eventually lead to rust. The best time to clean the barbeque is when it’s hot. Use a barbeque scraper to get rid of any leftovers stuck to the plate.

Don’t Cook Cold Meat

The whole point of hosting a barbeque is to provide your guests with great tasting meat cooked on the barbie. One of the most important tips to cooking a good steak on the barbeque is to make sure the meat is at room temperature before cooking. The hardest part of cooking on a barbie is getting the heat to cook the inside of the steak without burning the outside. Cold meat makes this task much harder.

Keep it Thin

Another important tip to help make sure the heat gets to the middle of the steak is to use thin meat. A thick steak will likely be black on the outside before it’s cooked in the middle. Buy your steaks about one centimetre thick and press them out with your hands to around half a centimetre thick. Flattening them will also help to tenderise the meat.

Preheat the Barbeque

The barbeque needs to be hot before you start cooking. Heat it up and then place your steaks on the barbeque plate. This will ensure that you get a great barbeque flavour and a good colour.

Beware the Poke

If you have spent any time watching the average person at the barbeque, you will have witnessed lots of poking and prodding. While this might make you look busy it is not necessary and does nothing to improve the steak. It takes time for the caramelised crust to form on your steak and if you keep pushing it around the plate it will never happen. Another mistake is to use your flipper to squash steak and patties down into the plate. While this might speed up cooking time it actually forces all the moisture out of the meat and leaves you with dry meat. Sausages too, are best left alone during cooking. Piercing them often causes them to fall apart and dry out.

By Teri
Teri Hardy is a 30-something married, mom of 7 and the face behind the popular online publication, Motherhood Defined as well as the founder of Mom Powered Media. Known as the Iowa Mom blogger by her local peers and “The Fairy Blogmother” worldwide. She loves to write, doodle & go, go, go. Control freak, master multi-tasker and shopaholic. Ms. Hardy has professional experience in working closely with clients on brand ambassadorships, client outreach services, content creation and creative social media advertising exposure.


  1. agree 100% , my hubby is the person who does the cooking on the grill, i do help once and awhile but he is very good when it comes to steak and cooking vegie’s on it, as for me , i do better cooking the hot dogs or burger loll, All i know is what he does with the steak and they melt in your mouth.. thanks for share @tisonlyme143

  2. Nice tips for a successful barbecue. Would love to have one right now !

  3. wow i never knew the meat should be cooked at room temperature before cooking. thanks for the tips!

  4. I could just hug you. I was married 25 years. my 4 boys and daddy always did the BBQ. This past year My daughter and I attempted this. (No men in family anymore) We failed considerably, course she is 14 lol. Now Im thinking, hmmm Sunday is gonna be 70, WOOOOWHOOOOO….anyway, I am ready to take this on again!!! Ty so much for writing this! Love your posts!!

  5. Thank you for the tips! Now I know why the meat was dry when I tried to barbecue. After that incident, I left all the barbecuing up to my husband!

  6. I knew that steak should be at room temperature before grilling. I didn’t know that applied to all meat.Learned something new. Thanks for the tips!

  7. These are good points– and some I have had to learn the hard ways– darn it anyway– but we never BBQ when I was a kid– so I didn’t know much when I first started–and Practice makes perfect tooo– Fruits, veggie, besides the meats…Pre–heat is a must and a clean Barbie really helps– thanks for keepinfg me on my toe because it will be time again to start cooking outside again- :-)

  8. I Love the summertime . Having Barbeques is another reason why I love summertime. Thankyou for posting these tips..I am 67 and I actually learned something new!! Didn’t know you should let your meat be room temperature before putting it on the Grill~~Have a Nice Day..

  9. What great tips, thank you for sharing this with us.

  10. It has being a while since we did a bbq…OMG I want some

  11. This is such good tips for making sure that I cook my food correctly on a barbecue. I have been doing it wrong. I need to have the meat at room temperature, and I need to make sure it is not too thick. I need to clean the grill!

  12. Nice to be thinking spring and BBQs! Making me want some steak from the grill!

  13. My husband’s fave thing to do when cooking is flattening chicken. O.o

  14. Thanks for the tips. People say I have the best BBQ parties……I enjoy entertaining so much.

  15. Never knew any of that. this is definatly something I’m gonna remember to tell my husband when cooking on the grill

  16. i wish it was summer already, so i can have barbeques with the family. thanks for the tips

  17. I can even think of barbeques. snow to much snow

  18. These are great tips. We are from the south so BBQ is one of our favorite things to cook. Hubby does most of the grilling so I will pass this info on to him. Will be so glad when spring gets here to start grilling again.

  19. Good tips! I can’t wait for it to be BBQ season again!

  20. Great tips..I’m planning a bbq party with my friends this coming month!

  21. These are all great tips, a lot of them are common sense, but people still do things they should not. Thank you for sharing this post.

  22. This review makes me wish it was time for a bbq. I plan on saving this and use it at my next bbq.

  23. Cant wait for summer to barbeque. I usually barbeque in the winter but this winter has been crazy with all the sub zero temperatures.

  24. I had never thought about the meat temperature for cook outs…but that makes a lot of sense.

  25. I didn’t knew some of the things you wrote. Thank you for this… Now I’ll make a perfect barbecue!!! :P

  26. I wish it were time to BBQ. I agree to many ‘poke’ the meat and it comes out dry and gross!

  27. I so pine for a yard so I could have a BBQ! Living in a condo in the city doe shave some shortfalls – I’d be willing help my friends follow these tips to attend one of their BBQs!

  28. Thank you for the great BBQ tips. I can’t wait for this snow to go away and to begin enjoying the outdoors with BBQing, swimming, go to the beach and just enjoying the warm weather.

  29. Great tips. I can’t wait for BBQ season to arrive. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.

  30. Great tips! I’ve never hosted a BBQ, but we just bought a house a few months ago, we’ll surely be barbecuing every weekend during the summer! I do always see people poke and prod the stuff on the grill – good to know it’s almost all for show! lol :)

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