The Great British BBQ Essentials

To celebrate the summer solstice and the official beginning of summer in Britain (the about 5 nice days of weather we’ll get), we’ve put together The Great British BBQ Essentials!

We don’t need to tell you the importance of a BBQ to us Brits, it’s of the utmost importance – second only to The Great British Bake Off (we love you, Mary Berry).  But with hosting a BBQ comes great responsibility – expectations are high – there’s a lot to consider.

So, here’s the BBQ essentials guide. Hopefully, after this, you’ll become Queen (or King) of the BBQ landscape.

The BBQ Essentials:

There are a few obvious items on the list (like the BBQ itself), but it wouldn’t be a thorough guide without it!

B&Q coal BBQ


Pretty self-explanatory this one, the number 1 essential of BBQ essentials. You can’t host an awesome BBQ without the BBQ itself.

If you’re settled in your current place then you really should stop using disposable BBQ’s and invest in a proper gas or coal one – it’ll save you time, money (and respect from guests) in the long run.

Things to Consider:


If you’re strapped for cash or living remotely, you need to consider the price of gas and how far the nearest place is that you can pick it up. While gas is a lot easier to cook with and get going, coal is significantly safer to store in bulk and is noticeably cheaper than its alternatives.


Next, you need to think about how authentic you want your BBQ to be. For instance, the combustion from charcoal gives you that very distinctive, beautiful Southern barbeque flavour. If you invest in a BBQ box (these are boxes filled with wood chips or chunks) to create an even smokier flavour.

A propane grill creates a milder flavour that’s a bit more bacon-esque, which is equally great, but it just depends on what you and your household prefer.

Tip: soak your wood chips in beer for an even better smokey flavour!

Check out the BBQ range from B&Q to get yourself sorted.

Garden Furniture:

Tesco Direct garden furniture - bbq essentials

Again, another self-explanatory BBQ essential – you’ve got to have somewhere for your family, your guests and yourself to sit; somewhere to soak up the smoke and the sun. Tesco Direct is great for garden furniture, it’s equally great quality and inexpensive.

Things to Consider:

Do it Right

Garden furniture can be quite the investment, it’s not something you’ll replace every year so you need to make sure that you get it right first time. Unless you have a particular taste that you’ve consistently stuck too for a good few years, we would recommend going for a neutral or plain design and colour palette; these can be easily dressed up with colourful blankets and accessories to showcase your personality.


This kind of goes in hand with the earlier point – you’ll hopefully only be doing this once for quite a while so you need to ensure the quality will last you. This means doing your research by reading reviews both on the company website and unbiased, independent sites. However, the best place to go for unbiased, honest advice are you friends and family – ask them for recommendations or brands to avoid.

BBQ Cooking Utensils:

Top view of used barbecue utensils on rustic wood

You can’t cook if you haven’t got any utensils, duh. BBQ utensils do differ from your bog-standard tongs; they’re larger, more hard-wearing and usually have little-to-no plastic bits. This is because the cooking utensils need to withstand a naked flame (and therefore much more intense heat), they need to be longer so that your arm isn’t over the naked flames – and just generally sturdier for outside use

This 5 piece set will get you started, there are larger options (18 piece set and 24 piece set) for the more seasoned BBQ veteran.

Fairy Lights:

outdoor string lights hanging on a line in backyard

To most people this may not be called a BBQ essential but for it is for any serious barbeque host. They’re so cheap to buy and will instantly change the atmosphere of your garden.

No, they don’t actually provide much light and no they don’t actually aid you in any way, but they’ll set a wonderful ambience for the evening and play a hand in a memorable experience for you and your guests.

Tip: Don’t buy new ones, simply grab your Christmas tree lights from the loft – they’ll work just as well!

Mosquito Repellent:

Bamboo citronella torches to repell mosquitoes and other insects

THIS IS A BBQ ESSENTIAL. As someone who currently has 9 gnat bites on one leg alone, I can guarantee you that this is a barbeque essential. Save yourself, and save your guests, by being prepared.

Tip: buy candles scented with citronella oil – these not only smell great, but they also repel bugs and add to your evening’s atmosphere!

BBQ Essentials that Need no Explanation:

  • Bottle opener
  • Matches
  • Bin bags
  • Sunscreen

The BBQ Non-Essentials:

This is the BBQ-can-go-on-but-would-be-better-for-having list!

  • Tin foil (you’ll thank us later)
  • Apron
  • Napkins and kitchen roll
  • Toothpicks (damn that corn on the cob)
  • Baby wipes
  • First aid kit
  • Enough water in a bucket to extinguish a fire (you can never be too prepared)

And that’s it – A Fancy Home’s BBQ essentials to have a great time with your friends and family! Stay up-to-date on more home improvement, interior design and DIY guides, tips, tricks, and ideas by liking us on Facebook!