Summer is well underway and things are finally feeling more normal than they have all year, so break out the beachwear and drop a line in the group chat -- it’s time for a BBQ!
This summer we’re opting for grilling in the great outdoors rather than staying home. Besides, we’ve all probably had enough of that in the last year-and-half anyway.
Since we’re headed outside, we thought it would be the perfect time to review what to pack to help ensure your next summer BBQ is AWESOME.
Here are some summer greats.
THE RIGHT TYPE OF GRILL
The City of Vancouver has a few regulations when it comes to BBQing outdoors. Our recommendation is to reserve a spot at one of Vancouver’s public BBQs online and be sure to check out any guidelines that might be in place at public parks.
CHARCOAL, WOOD, GAS AND FIRE STARTER LIQUID
Plan well in advance to ensure you’ve got all the right tools to use public BBQ’s. You don’t want to be rubbing two sticks together.
SOMETHING FROM A BUTCHER
Vancouver is home to countless specialty stores and butchers that can hook you up with fabulous, locally-sourced organic meat. However, if you follow a more plant-based lifestyle, you can also find more than one vegan butcher.
UTENSILS FOR COOKING AND EATING
Because there’s nothing worse than eating potato salad with sandy beach hands.
A PLATTER TO HELP SEPARATE COOKED AND RAW MEATS
Food safety is key.
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NEXT LEVEL CONDIMENTS
Yeah, yeah, yeah, ketchup and mustard are great, but be creative, and remember to pack some next level burger and hot dog toppers too. A ton of Vancouver restaurants now sell takeaway versions of their in-house condiments, so take a peek at your favourite restaurant’s online menu and see what you can bring with you to the beach!
A GARBAGE BAG AND FOOD WASTE BAG
Most of Vancouver’s beaches have designated garbage, recycling and food waste bins, so do your part and clean-up your site the right way.
SCISSORS OR AN EXTRA KNIFE
Those hot dog packages can be hard to open and you don’t want to be stuck spreading sauce with your finger!
SUNSCREEN, BUG SPRAY, EXTRA TOWELS AND WATER GALORE
All the things you need to stay comfortable and stay safe.
POWER BANK FOR YOUR PHONE
Don’t let the music die and because “pics or it didn’t happen”!
What’s a summer BBQ without an ice-cold beer?
From Bud Light comes a delicious and refreshing family of flavoured beers that are perfect for the summer months, including the sweet and tarty Strawberry Lemonade, juicy and crisp Apple, and zesty and fresh Lime.
New this year, the refreshing taste of Bud Light Mango.
Photo: Bud Light.
Bud Light Mango features the renowned crisp taste of Bud Light with a refreshing tropical finish. The beer pours a brilliant sunny golden colour, with the mildly sweet aromas of fully ripened Alphonso mangoes, perfect for any summer BBQ no matter what you’re cooking.
Bud Light Mango is available for a limited time this summer, so why not grab this mango-nificent beer for your next BBQ!
To learn more about Bud Light’s summer beverages, including Bud Light Apple, Lime, Strawberry Lemonade and of course Mango, visit budlight.ca.