How to Save Money on Your Barbecues This Summer

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Nothing says “British summer” like exchanging comments with everyone along the lines of “isn’t it warm? ” and then hosting a series of barbecues in your backyard. 

One thing about barbecuing is that it tends to rub off on others. When you catch a whiff of charred coals, you must exclaim, “oops, someone’s having a barbecue,” and then you must spend every waking moment fantasizing about having your own until you finally do it. 

On a plate, Jack’s is serving salt and chili belly pork 

Cooking over an open flame is a truly magnificent art form. You can keep it personal by hosting an outdoor meal for just your immediate family, or you can extend the invitation to the entire neighborhood. We’ve been missing those get-togethers where everyone is welcome, from your second cousin once removed to the neighbor two streets away who sometimes gets your mail. We haven’t seen them in a long time. When you’ve reached the limit of six people, it’s time to start thinking about who your seventh or eighth person will be, because the rules are starting to loosen up. 

My children enjoy having a barbecue, but because it is a bit of a luxury for us, I try to keep the costs as low as possible. Especially given how frequently they ask for a cup of barbecue tea. I am fortunate to be able to satisfy my appetite without depleting my bank account because I live only ten minutes away from Jack’s location in Immingham. 

Grillable Substitutes for Expensive Barbecue Meats 

The primary reason I shop at Jack’s Supermarket is that it consistently provides excellent value for money. I always end up spending much less money than I would elsewhere, and despite the low prices, the selection is still fantastic. Because there is such a large selection, I frequently end up purchasing items that I had no idea I was looking for! 

One of the keys to successfully maintaining a regular grilling schedule while minimizing associated expenses is to make a list. It is also critical to shop wisely. It would be wasteful to buy twenty hamburgers, thirty sausages, and fifty kebabs on skewers to feed two adults and two children, as is frequently the case. Pick up two to three different four-packs of items and round them out with bread and salad to add variety to your meals. 

If you’re going to be entertaining a few more people than usual, it makes sense to splurge a little. After all, inviting people over for food is a more formal occasion, and they will expect to leave with a satisfied appetite. When I’m in a situation like this, I find that buying from Jack’s comes in handy. Their Fire Pit line includes a variety of barbecue products, each of which costs around $2.99. They even have vegetarian options, such as crisp, pre-prepared salad boxes at a reasonable price. 

My Most Recent Jack’s Barbecue Purchases 

I went out and bought a lot of food because I knew I would need it soon. This week, I had planned to host two separate barbecues, one for just my children and the other with my mother as a guest. You could easily feed six adults (or more if permitted) for less than twenty pounds, and everyone would be completely satisfied. Here’s what I’ve got: 

A different angle on Jack’s cargo 

  • Beef burgers are now £3 each. 
  • x 2 Click & Herb Kebab Skewers £5.98 
  • Pork Belly with Salt and Chilli £2.99 BBQ Beef Kebab £2.99 Minted Lamb Kebab £2.99 Veg Kebab £2.50 
  • £2.99 for hot dogs 
  • Brioche buns 89p Large burger buns 79p Hot dog rolls 79p 
  • Simple salad x2 £1.50 Pittas 35p 
  • Two watermelon wedges for £4.98 equals $1.59 in Jubbly Lollies. 
  • 45p Ginger Beer Drink with lemon and lime 49p Ketchup 45p Total £35.72 

Jack’s Barbecue food haul 

This amount is enough for two (possibly three) barbecue meals. The first will serve five people, three adults, and two children, while the second will serve two adults and four children. It would be more than enough for five adults and four children if I served it all in one day. It would be more than enough if I could serve it all in one day. 

How to Maximize Your Barbecue Dollars 

The key to having regular barbecues is to keep expenses to a minimum. If you need to feed a larger group of people, make a larger batch of inexpensive side dishes. Some of my favorite things to eat while relaxing on the couch are homemade potato salad, cold pasta with pesto mixed in, and lots of salad. 

Even if you’re only cooking for your family, you can still have variety in your diet without creating unnecessary waste. Limit yourself to no more than two different types of barbecue packs, and make sure you have plenty of side dishes. If you have any leftovers, you can successfully store the majority of them in the refrigerator for up to two days; this is especially true for cooked leftovers. It’s not uncommon for me to start the day with a bite of the leftover chicken skewer. 

How to Make Your Next Barbecue a Success 

Aside from offering a variety of main courses, one of my favorite things to do is to concentrate on the accompaniments. Because of the use of outdoor serving bowls and utensils, the appearance of the food table appears to have been thoughtfully prepared. Investing in reusable alternatives to single-use items, such as plain plates and decorative cups, benefits not only your wallet but also the environment. No more one-time-use items! 

One of my favorite activities is putting on pudding. It is, in my opinion, the ideal way to end the meal and bring the meal to a close. In most cases, I will provide fruit as well as ice lollies because I find both to be very refreshing on a hot summer day. If you go through a lot of ice lollies, you can buy silicone ice lolly molds. This will allow you to make your ice lollies while keeping the costs to a minimum. 

In my capacity as host, I make every effort to avoid requiring my guests to bring anything. I make a point of thanking whoever has brought the offering before placing it on the table as soon as they arrive. The more options you have, the better, and if it does not increase the overall cost of the meal, it can only help to improve it. 

If you only have a few guests, decorating with cheap items is the way to go. Paper bunting, for example, can be purchased for a reasonable price and is completely recyclable. When I anticipate that the festivities will continue into the evening, I decorate the garden with fairy lights to keep it inviting. In addition, I like to leave toys out for the kids to keep them occupied and out of the sun. 

Get all of the planning out of the way ahead of time, and then start having fun as soon as your hosting duties begin. This is the best advice I can offer you. It’s impossible to be stressed when you’ve got a burger in your stomach and a glass of ice-cold lemonade in your hand.