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12:00 AM, August 06, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, August 06, 2019

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Barbecuing this Eid

One of the best things to look forward to during Eid-ul-Azha is cooking up a barbecue storm, be that in the backyard of your grandfather’s house, the balcony or roof, with your nearest and dearest loved ones. Somehow, it miraculously always rains on the second of third day of Eid, making the evenings cool enough to prep for a barbecue dinner! Here are a few tips to be the perfect host/hostess for your next grilling fiesta!

PREP BEFORE GUESTS ARRIVE

It makes a world of difference when you prepare your food beforehand, by which, we mean having all your food items in boxes, already marinated and made out in the desired shapes you want to. As the host/hostess, this gives you time to mingle with guests without having to worry about chopping veggies or making those seekh kababs.

MAKE SURE YOU HAVE SUFFICIENT FUEL FOR THE GRILL

The worst thing that can happen amidst cooking those kababs and beautifully marinated steaks is running out of coal, leaving your grill cold and leaving those good pieces of meat half done. Double, even triple check because the last thing you want is to have to rush out and then end up serving your guests over cooked rubbery grilled meat dishes!

GET YOUR GUESTS TO BRING SIDE DISHES

This is a very good tip to use, especially when you’re preparing for large barbecue events. Ask guests to help out by bringing side dishes and desserts, after all its Eid, and pretty much everyone has some sort of sweet dish made in abundance.

SERVE YOUR APPETISERS AWAY FROM THE GRILL

It is best not to have all your guests huddled around the grill, which can turn out to be a very big distraction and delay the cooking process. Hence, keep your appetisers on a table further away from the grill so that guests can socialise there while you concentrate on getting all those mouth-watering meat dishes done.

USE ALUMINIUM FOIL TO CLEAN-UP EASILY

The most exhausting task when you have people over is the cleaning bit that the host/hostess i.e. you are stuck with after everyone leaves. To get an early start on the process, line the inside of the cooker with a few sheets of foil. This makes it quicker and easier to clean up the burnt coal and ash once the cooking is done.

SET UP GAMES

If you have a large open space to do your barbecue in, try to set up some options for games, especially if children are around. From fun board games like, ludo, monopoly, carrom board to jenga, just take your pick and make the most of your surroundings.

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