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From drizzle to sizzle - making the best of the weather

Don't let the weather ruin your BBQ!

With a bit of creativity and preparation, you can still enjoy delicious grilled food and great company despite the weather!

Plan Ahead

The key to saving a BBQ on a rainy day is planning. Monitor the weather forecast and if rain seems likely, consider setting up a shelter. A canopy, tarp, or even a large patio umbrella can provide adequate cover for your grill and guests. 

Indoor Alternatives

If outdoor grilling becomes impossible, have a backup plan. Utilise indoor cooking appliances like a grill pan to mimic the grilling process. These tools can provide the same great flavour without the hassle of rain. Prepare sides and desserts ahead of time to minimise the last-minute rush.

Create a Cosy Atmosphere

String lights under your shelter and use waterproof cushions to keep the seating area comfortable. If space allows, set up a few outdoor heaters to keep guests warm. Encourage everyone to bring blankets or extra layers!

Recipe Inspiration

Don't let the rain limit your menu. Here are some delicious recipes perfect for a rainy day BBQ:

  1. Grilled Lemon Herb Chicken Skewers: Marinate chicken pieces in lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, and mixed herbs. Grill them indoors on a grill pan for a tangy and savoury delight.
  2. Smoky BBQ Pulled Pork: Use a slow cooker to make tender pulled pork. Serve with soft buns, coleslaw, and pickles for a comforting and hearty meal.
  3. Veggie Grill Packets: Wrap mixed vegetables like bell peppers, zucchini, and onions in foil with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Grill or bake them for a flavourful side dish.

Engage with Games and Activities

Keep spirits high by planning fun indoor activities. Board games, card games, or a good movie can keep guests entertained while the food cooks. 

Rain doesn't have to dampen your BBQ spirit. With these tips and recipes, you can turn a rainy day into a memorable one!

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