10 ways to nail your backyard BBQ this Australia Day

Once again, we have been gifted an absolutely glorious long weekend for the Australia Day festivities; a toast to not worrying about working with a sore head the next day! If you’re planning a backyard BBQ for Aussie Day, check out these great tips to take your event from “ugh, mate…” to “oh, maaaate!”.

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Just chuck it on the barbie!

Sure, there’s always the standard snags-and-slice-bread menu to fall back on. However, if you’re looking for something a little more scrumptious, try these awesome BBQ recipes! There’ll be something for carnivores and herbivores alike in this batch: 

Jamie Oliver’s beer butt chicken  |  Barbecued salt and pepper squid  |  6 Magical Grilled Corn Recipes

Royal BBQ pork loin  |  Honey sesame lamb cutlets  |  BBQ veggie salad with lime and pepper haloumi

Black & blushing Worcestershire fillet  |  Smokey Miso Eggplants  |  Prawn & chorizo skewers with mustard and thyme dressing

 

Easy does it

Fill everyone’s plates without wasting your entire day in the kitchen! The golden ticket is a variety of basic and gourmet; picky eaters and passionate foodies should both be left satisfied!

Fresh prawns with 3 homemade dipping sauces  |  Caprese salad  |  Rainbow slaw

Chicken and veggie sausage rolls  |  BLAT pasta salad cups  |  Mediterranean fried rice tarts

10 Ways to Nail your Backyard BBQ this Australia Day | ModularWalls

All a-beer-d

Level up from the usual convoy of battered Eskies with a Beer Station! Use steel bowls, buckets, bar carts, beer barrows, crates or old furniture to create a unique backyard bar.

 

Ice, ice, baby…

Whip up a batch of frozen drinks to help your guests chill out! Make it family friendly with fruity smoothies, or turn it up a notch with daiquiris, margaritas and piña coladas.

10 Ways to Nail your Backyard BBQ this Australia Day | ModularWalls

Make a splash

If it’s going to be a stinking hot day, it can be fun to include some water play. It keeps younger kids’ body temperatures down, it keeps the older kids entertained and even the adults will get into it (especially the ones who’ve hung around the Beer Station for a while). Remember to warn your guests if there’ll be water play, so they can dress appropriately! If there’s a full-blown pool party on the cards, make sure it’s safe, supervised pool play.

 

Keep your cool

If water play isn’t right for your event, there are other ways of beating the heat this Australia Day. Outdoor fans, misters, and plenty of shade are obvious environmental ways to keep cool.

Add a quirky, personal touch with chilled and scented towel rollsspritzer bottles with ice water and lavender/peppermint oil, handheld vintage fans or spa-inspired hydrating infused water.

10 Ways to Nail your Backyard BBQ this Australia Day | ModularWalls

Pull up a rug

Offer a variety of seating options for your guests; the standard table-and-chair combo is great for eating, but can be rather stiff and socially restricting.

Benches, crates, and stools offer casual seating options that allow your guests to flow through different locations, whilst rugs and floor pillows are a great addition for children’s corners or families with bubs.

 

Ready for rain or shine

Our summers are wrought with freak storms and southerlies that suddenly up-end perfectly arranged tablecloths and give flight to hundreds of serviettes.

Therefore, make sure your backyard BBQ is weatherproofed; expect a windy, rainy mess of a day and organise a back-up sheltered entertaining area, just in case. That way, when it’s nothing but blue skies, you’ll be utterly grateful rather than anxious it’ll turn!

10 Ways to Nail your Backyard BBQ this Australia Day | ModularWalls

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Have a go!

Cricket at a backyard BBQ on Australia Day …perhaps a cliché, but still so, so good.

If you want to mix it up, have a look at other backyard games like bocce, kubb or giant Jenga. If it’s too hot or you don’t trust your hand-eye coordination, games like Celebrity Heads, Cards Against Humanity (if you’re game), normal cards or old board games are great to have on standby.

 

Aussie Bangers

If you’re feeling anxious about playing DJ for the day, check out Spotify, AppleMusic, YouTube or Pandora for great playlists that pay tribute to iconic Aussie music. They’ll be specially curated so you can turn it on, let it play and be free to enjoy your day!

If you were one of many who tuned into the Hottest 100 on Triple J, you can prepare for 2019’s countdown by finding 2018’s playlist! You can remember the tunes that stole the show last year and debate over who will be crowned the 2019 winner on Sunday.

Written by Evelyn Kandris

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