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Top tips for hosting a sizzling pub BBQ

By Daniel Woolfson

- Last updated on GMT

Barbecues can be a great way of drawing in some summer revenue
Barbecues can be a great way of drawing in some summer revenue

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Summer is fast approaching and for operators lucky enough have an outdoor dining area, it’s the perfect time to cash in on the hot weather with a solid barbecue offer.

To celebrate the season Unilever Food Solutions has released a new pub guide for barbecues, featuring tips on how operators can spice up their summer menus.

Food and pub consultant Chris Barber, who created the guide, said: “Our BBQ How to Guide can really help pubs make sure they get a reputation as the place to go for a smoking hot barbecue.

“The guide will inspire pubs with ideas for adding a premium feel to classic BBQ meals, without adding significantly to the cost.”

We compiled some of the guide’s top insight:

Think beyond burgers

Add adventure with ribs – they’re relatively cheap but exciting. Experiment with marinades, seasonings and rubs. Or you could try wrapping a whole fish in foil, stuffing it with garlic, lemon and fresh herbs and sticking it straight on the grill.

Consider cheaper cuts to maximise margins

Cheaper cuts like feather blade or brisket cost less than steak. Slow cook first and finish on the barbecue to still deliver that ‘wow’ factor without the high cost.

Don’t skimp on sides

Try adding spices and seasoning to make chips and fries stand out. You could also offer a selection of salads, crunchy veg slaws, corn on the cob and roasted veg. Similarly, you could pre-bake jacket potatoes, cut them in half and rub them with olive oil and garlic, finishing them off on the BBQ as needed and serving them with crème fraiche and chives.

Food safety

Consider the best location – be wary of open flames and where the smoke will go. And it’s always worth doing a HACCAP analysis. Cross contamination can be costly. Make sure whoever’s handling your meat is fully trained.

Have a plan B

Let’s face it: even in midsummer, the UK’s weather can switch in a second. Make sure you and your customers have somewhere to shelter, whether that means moving festivities inside or erecting a tent or gazebo.

Unilever Food Solutions’ full guide can be downloaded from

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