Your BBQ needs you! Britain seeks to regain Europe’s no1 grill crown

Fire up your BBQ and help Britain regain the title as Europe’s No 1 Masters of the Grill.

That’s the rallying cry from the organisers of this year’s 28th National BBQ Week – after losing the crown to Germany last year!

Last year’s soggy summer is to blame for the fall in the number of UK BBQs which allowed the home of the ‘bratwurst’ to take top spot.

So, the nation is being urged to sharpen up their grilling skills as Britain looks to bounce back this summer – beginning with the launch of the 28th National BBQ Week.

The annual outdoor food extravaganza, which is a gastronomical celebration of the joys of outdoor eating and drinking, runs from June 3-9th.

Backed by Blackstone – official griddle, Jacob’s – official savoury snack and Sarson’s – Official table sauce, the 28th National BBQ Week aims to tantalise the tastebuds for all BBQ fans with a host of appetising offers, recipes and competitions – to get everyone grilling!

The 28th National BBQ Week website will also have great money-saving hacks including a special ‘Barbi’s on a Budget’ section that offer tips and advice on creating a brilliant BBQ for four from just £5!

This summer sizzler also wouldn’t be the same without the annual BBQ ‘Baptas’ competition where the public get to chance to showcase their skills, their BBQ parties and their own BBQ tips via video. The best ones also have the chance to win superb griddles from Blackstone, in one of three categories – Best Ever BBQ Video, Funniest-Ever BBQ Video and Strangest-Ever BBQ.

National BBQ Week founder and GrillMaster Brian George said: “With the summer fast approaching it’s time to fire up the BBQ and get grilling.

“Britain has regularly been Europe’s top dog when it comes to BBQing, until last year, so we need to be No 1 again.

“With a superb summer of sport and a forecast for sunshine, it’s time to rediscover your sizzle!

“To help everyone take advantage we’ve worked with some superb partners to rustle up some top tips and recipes to help people become real Gastro-grillers!”

For the first time, the 28th National BBQ week will be part of the outdoor living Gastro Alfresco campaign, which runs across all of June and July.

This will be the 23rd year that Gastro Alfresco has looked to inspire and promote the wonders of outdoor dining – whether it’s a cosy meal on the terrace, a sunset soiree with friends, a family picnic on the beach or in the countryside – in fact anywhere enjoying the great outdoors!

Central to the campaign is the opportunity to try some of the mouth-watering delights from chefs who will be BBQ’ing burgers, sausages and meat free samples on the Blackstone griddle, as well as our Brand Believers handing out samples of Jacob’s savoury snacks and Sarson’s Dip & Drizzle sauces, plus wine and beer at some of the country’s biggest outdoor shows.

This year the Gastro Alfresco taste team will be at the following events:

Royal Bath & West Show, Shepton Mallet, May 30-June 1
Lambeth Country Festival, Lambeth, June 8-9
The Great Yorkshire Show, Harrogate, July 9-12