Whether you love a humble burger, prefer grilled sausages, or go for marinated chicken, there’s nothing like a good barbecue to signal the arrival of summer and kick-start the season of alfresco dining.
To give you plenty of culinary inspiration, SoGlos has teamed up with award-winning Cotswold fine food company Ross & Ross to round up seven ingredients for a sizzling Gloucestershire barbecue.
So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to gather your friends, get out in the garden, and light up the barbie for the ultimate seasonal feast.
If your barbecue has seen better days, summer is the perfect time to invest in a new bit of kit. Whether your preference is charcoal or gas, you’ll find everything from simple grills to premium options at Trioscape Garden Centre in Newent, which stocks an extensive range of Webers and cooking tools.
Gloucestershire is home to a bumper crop of farm shops and independent butchers where you can stock up on local meats for your barbecue feast. If you're heading along the M5, call into Gloucester Services and make a beeline for the butcher’s counter to pick up t-bone steaks, sausages and much more.
If you’re investing in quality meat, you won’t want to scrimp on bread for your burgers! The Fabulous Baker Brother’s award-winning Hobbs House Bakery has shops in Chipping Sodbury, Nailsworth, Tetbury and Malmesbury where you’ll find brioche baps, burger buns and hot dog rolls, alongside sourdough loaves and more.
Mustard, Ketchup, mayo or hot sauce – no barbecue is complete without a smothering of sauces to accompany your grilled meat. Ross & Ross’ Ultimate BBQ Hamper is crammed full of goodies, including its popular BBQ Jams, while its BBQ Rubs are perfect for adding delicious flavour to meat before cooking.
Barbecue weather certainly calls for some alfresco drinking, and thankfully Gloucestershire is home to an array of producers where you can stock up on local tipples. Craft beer fans should head to Gloucester Brewery, Stroud Brewery, or Hillside Brewery, or hop over the border to Westons Cider for an alternative brew. And, if gin is your drink of choice, create summer cocktails from some of Gloucestershire's finest gin producers.
You’ll definitely want to leave room for dessert, with ice-cream the natural choice for summer celebrations. Look out for Winstones Ice Cream which is sold in tubs farm shops across the county or can be found at its parlour on Rodborough Common. And for unique flavour combinations, pick up a tub of Harriet's at Jolly Nice near Stroud.
Transform your garden into a welcoming space for entertaining by upgrading your garden furniture, investing in a chiminea for when the temperature drops, and stringing up festoon lights. Find a host of garden furniture and accessories at Wyevale Garden Centre, which has branches across the county, or pop along to Burford Garden Company in the Cotswolds.
By Anna Marshall
Tuesday 23 May 2017
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