Make it an RSPCA Assured BBQ this summer

The 25 to 31 May is National Barbecue Week. You won't be able to invite friends round for a barbie, but it's your opportunity for some fun family days and your chance to show support for higher welfare.

Make your BBQ RSPCA Assured this summer

Even during barbecue season, you have the power to make a difference to animal welfare. When you buy RSPCA Assured labelled sausages and chicken, you'll know the animals have been cared for to RSPCA welfare standards and have led better lives.

Firing up your BBQ this weekend?

If you're going to be enjoying a BBQ this weekend we've got some great recipe ideas and a few tips to make sure you enjoy your RSPCA Assured sausages and chicken succulent and well-cooked, not frazzled to a crisp.  

Reduce your meat intake

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? For more ideas on eating less meat, check out our Eat less, eat better campaign. 

Don’t forget the veggies

Grilled veggies are delicious at barbecue time and will add some extra flavour and colour to your meal. 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.

How long before you can cook on a BBQ?

Before you start cooking on your BBQ you should let the coals burn for at least 20 minutes. When using a gas BBQ, it is probably best to let it burn for about 10 minutes before you start cooking to avoid giving your food that chemical taste.

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”.

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