Just because summer has come to a close doesn’t mean the barbecue season is over.
In fact, with the colourful leaves and chilly weather, you can still take full advantage of the outdoor fun with warm barbecues and hot food. We’ve rounded up a few tips and ideas to make the most of your barbecue this season!
It’s not just about the food when you’re throwing a barbecue in the autumn. There are a few things you might need to consider to keep the atmosphere warm and cosy.
Set up chairs around the barbecue itself to stay warm. We’re thinking campfire vibes here. The crisp weather calls for huddling around a camp fire or in this case…a barbecue! Set up all your chairs around the barbecue for your guests, to gather together and keep them warm while they wait for their food. This is additionally great for the cook, since it keeps them at the grill while being able to socialise and spend time with guests.
Get your aesthetics on point. Once you’ve set up the seating you might want to think about making the setup of your barbecue a little more warm and cosy. Candles or fairy lights can be a fantastic addition to create that warm, snug atmosphere.
Keep your guests cosy and warm. With all these different ways of making it feel warmer and cosier, one thing you might want to add is the physical comfort factor. Throw some sheets, cushions on the chairs and grab a few blankets and shawls, for your guests to stay warm.
What’s on the grill?
Every season has its own flavour and palette of spices, herbs, and ingredients. Make the most out of the autumn season by infusing aromas and spices that compliment your barbecue menu and add an extra twist.
Pre-cook food that may take longer than others.
Plan ahead by pre-cooking or semi-cooking any meat or vegetables that may need to be cooked longer than others.
Tip: Bake your potatoes before your guests arrive and then warm up and grill on the barbecue.
Try some new flavours for the season.
Autumn is all about new flavour and yes you guessed it: lots of spices. Try and incorporate some new spices into your all-time favourite dishes to grill. Throw a pinch of paprika, nutmeg, or black pepper for that extra aroma; maybe even some chilli powder or cayenne pepper for an extra kick!
Take advantage of the season.
Autumn is no stranger to beautiful colours and crisp climates, but it’s also got a fantastic set of fruits and vegetables available. Get the most out of your barbecue with in-season fruit and veg like pumpkin, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, and many others!
Pick food that is easy to cook.
There’s nothing worse than having friends over for dinner and spending all your time by the grill. Choose things that are easy to cook so you have more time to socialise and be with your friends and family.
Expand your menu.
Get your barbecue meats more in tune with the spices of the season. While steaks, sausages and burger patties are more of your typical summer choices, pick meats that your warm, seasonal spices will compliment and go well with like lamb or turkey.
Get your guests involved in dessert.
Autumn is all about roasted marshmallows and making s’mores. Opt for a dessert that is fun and interactive for everyone. Grab a few sticks and get your guests involved in making their dessert!
If you’re looking for some ideas on what to throw on the grill, check out some of our fantastic Autumn BBQ recipes.