Make it an RSPCA Assured BBQ this summer

Make it an RSPCA Assured BBQ this summer

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Firing up the BBQ this bank holiday weekend?

We’ve got some great ideas for how to make sure your barbecue is a taste sensation this bank holiday weekend.

Just be sure you choose RSPCA Assured when you shop to make a difference to animal welfare as well.

Eat less, eat better

Barbecues may bring to mind lots of meaty treats, but they are also a great opportunity to eat less and eat better. Rather than loading up on cheap bangers and burgers, why not prepare a couple of special higher-welfare dishes and liven your barbecue up with more vegetables and delicious sides? We have loads of ideas below! You can also find out more about our ‘eat less, eat better’ campaign and download our free two-week meal planner.


Don’t forget the veggies

Grilled veggies are delicious at barbecue time. Slice some courgettes, aubergines, peppers, leeks and even fennel and lay them out till they’re charred to perfection. Then give them a drizzle with some olive oil and hey presto.

Good sides can make a barbecue

While your mains takes centre stage, don’t forget your side dishes will make the meal. You could try a classic potato salad, some crunchy corn-on-the-cobs, or thick slice some apples and give them a few minutes on the grill.

Marinated chicken kebabs

We’ve got a delicious recipe for marinated chicken kebabs to get your mouth watering. It’s quick and easy and will make your BBQ one to remember.


200ml low-fat plain yoghurt
2 large handfuls fresh mint
2 large handfuls of flat leaf parsley
2tsp salt
4 - 6 cloves garlic, crushed
Zest of 1 lemon
4 large RSPCA Assured chicken breasts


Cube your chicken breasts, and leave to marinate in a large bowl for 2 - 4 hours.


For the perfect barbecue

Get the right charcoal

The charcoal you choose will make all the difference to the flavour of the food. Lumpwood charcoal will give a much better taste and you could even add some woodchips for more flavour.

Start early

Don't cook your meat over the flames. Get your barbecue going early, so as you’re using the white-hot coals.

Low and slow

Once your barbecue is going, put down the lid and try to avoid checking every five minutes. As the saying goes “if you’re looking, it ain’t cooking”.