It's BBQ season! Everything you need for the perfect summer BBQ

Stay home and get grilling!

Abigail Malbon

Getting out in the garden for a BBQ is a great way to spend a weekend, particularly during isolation. After all, who doesn't love to dine al fresco when the weather is warm? While many household items have sold out during quarantine, you can still get your hands on barbecue must-haves - and with summer approaching, there's never been a better time to invest. Whether you want something sturdy and long-lasting or cheap and cheerful, these are the best BBQs and tools to shop now.


CosmoGrill 4+1 Gas Burner Garden Grill BBQ, £289.99, Amazon


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It's pointless investing in the correct barbeque if you're not going to protect it properly from the unpredictable British weather. Waterproof with an extra-wide design, this Grillman cover fits most popular BBQ brands, including Weber, Char Broil and Brinkmann. 


BBQ cover, £39.99, Amazon



Don’t forget your tools! You’ll need utensils to serve up your barbecued food properly, and your knife and fork won’t quite cut it! Invest in spatulas, skewers and cleaning equipment to make your BBQ run smoothly.


BBQ tools set, £49.69, Amazon


Cleaning tools

Nobody loves cleaning, but there's nothing worse than getting your lunch plans ruined by having to scrape off last week's food remains. Invest in a cleaning tool that will make it quick and easy to make your BBQ as good as new after each use. 


BBQ Cleaning Tool, £6.99, John Lewis


Food thermometer

It's hard to know the temperature you're cooking at when using a BBQ, and out of fear that you'll cause yourself and others to suffer from food poisoning, many people resort to overcooking (or burning) their meat. Enter the food thermometer...


Food thermometer, £6.59, Amazon


Food accessories


Once you've cooked the food, there's the small matter of eating it without spilling it down yourself - and we all know how messy corn on the cob can be! Thanks to these handy forks, you no longer need to worry about getting sticky fingers.

Corn on the cob forks, £2.99, Amazon


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Looking for the ultimate BBQ hamper to treat your family or flatmates to? Royal warrant holders Donald Russell have launched the DJ BBQ Selection Box, including Beef Rump Cap (950g), 2 packs of Minced Steak (440g), 4 Steak, Bacon & Gherkin Burgers, 8 Porchetta Pork Sausages, 1 pack Alpine Fries and 4 Potato Rösti – all for under £40. We know, bargain! Alternatively, opt for the FareShare Selection Box, designed to help the UK’s largest food redistribution network and food aid charity FareShare feed those in need during coronavirus.


DJ BBQ Selection Box, £39.90, Donald Russell


Why not add some variety to your BBQ this year with duck! Reared free-to-roam in barns on Red Tractor assured farms in Suffolk and Norfolk, the Gressingham Duck Fresh Duck range including Whole Duck, Duck Legs and Duck Breasts is available in Waitrose, Tesco, Sainsbury's and Morrisons.


Gressingham Duck, £3.50, Tesco

Iceland still has plenty of delivery slots, which they release at 11am Monday to Friday. They’re a great option for BBQ food, with something for everyone - from vegan burgers to Slimming World meals and lamb and mint koftas. Happy grilling!


No Bull quarter pounder burgers, £2, Iceland




Aperol Spritz is the ultimate summer drink - so this year why not bring the pub garden into your home? For the perfect Aperol drink, all you need to do is fill a large wine glass with ice, combine equal parts of Aperol and Prosecco, add a dash of soda and garnich with an orange slice! In addition, Aperol is offering 100 lucky winners the chance to bag a themed bundle of orange-hued garden furniture for summer in their competition. Ooh la la!

Aperol, £11, Majestic Wine



No BBQ is complete without drinks! This summer, indulge your tastebuds in the cult drinks brand White Claw, which has just made it's way over to the UK. Available in Morrisons now, and in Tesco and Sainsbury’s as of 1st June, this drink (which is only 95 calories) is made using a blend of sparkling water, a gluten free alcohol base and a hint of natural fruit flavour. Mmm!

White Claw, £2.50, Morrisons, Tesco and Sainsbury's


If you're partial to a glass of Pimm's or two, then Sipsmith London Cup should be on your BBQ drinks list. The gin is infused with Earl Grey tea, borage, lemon verbena and other botanicals, so all you need is some lemonade and you've got yourself a refreshing summer tipple.

Sipsmith London Cup, £19.50, John Lewis



Wines with ripe fruits and big personality are ideal choices for a BBQ. Big, full-bodied reds such as the South African Cambalala Pinotage is a perfect match for the rich and full flavour of the Big Daddy Rump Steak.

South African Cambalala Pinotage, £5.49, Aldi

Condiments and spices

What’s going to take your grilled burger from good to great? A tasty sauce, of course. If ketchup just isn’t enough, get experimental with different condiments and marinades to really give your grilling an edge.


The Modern Cocktail ultimate grill set, £25, John Lewis


Pack your food full of flavour with a delicious dry spice rub, which can be used on everything from meat, potatoes and grilled halloumi. With a choice of classic smokey chipotle, Mexican jalapeno and lime and many more, this set of twelve from The Smokey Carter will have something for everyone. 


BBQ spices set, £38, Not On The High Street


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