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Easy Upgrades That Will Get Your Barbecue Sizzling

Don't let your barbecue fizzle out. Use these upgrades, put together by Asda, to really get your party started. Want to make your barbecue go with a bang? Check out their American style barbecue range.

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1. Get all your condiments from fridge to table without juggling using an egg box

Put the whole thing back in the fridge afterwards to make sure your condiments come out first squirt.

2. Here's a nifty trick for stocking your fridge

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The only thing worse than a warm beer is having to empty all your food out of your fridge so that there's enough room for everyone's drinks. Luckily, if you invest in a bulldog clip you'll never have to do this.

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3. Throwing basil on your coals keeps insects away

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It smells great too.

4. Stop mosquitos with olive oil

Coat bowls with a thin film of olive oil and leave around your garden. Mosquitos and other winged nasties will be drawn to it and will become trapped.
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Coat bowls with a thin film of olive oil and leave around your garden. Mosquitos and other winged nasties will be drawn to it and will become trapped.

5. Old drink cans make cool reflecting nightlights

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So save your empties.

6. Don't have outside speakers?

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Put your phone in a bowl to amplify the noise. Play some music from it too, obviously.

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7. Woodchips + foil = a DIY smoker

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Soak your woodchips in water for an hour. Put the damp chips in the foil and wrap. Stab the pack with a fork to make air holes. Put the whole packet on the barbecue and your food will be infused with a woody, smokey flavour. Try soaking in apple juice or vinegar for alternate flavours.

8. Upgrade your burger with an egg

Flatten and make an indent in your burger, then fill with cheese and chopped up bacon or crack an egg on top
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Flatten and make an indent in your burger, then fill with cheese and chopped up bacon or crack an egg on top

9. Grill bacon for the survivors

There's nothing better than a midnight bacon sandwich. Put some foil (or a pan if you're not doing the washing up) over the cooling coals and throw the bacon on top. Rinse the bacon under the cold tap first: it reduces shrinkage by 50%.
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There's nothing better than a midnight bacon sandwich. Put some foil (or a pan if you're not doing the washing up) over the cooling coals and throw the bacon on top. Rinse the bacon under the cold tap first: it reduces shrinkage by 50%.

10. Spiral cut sausages or hotdogs to make them even tastier

This increases the surface area of the 'dog, which means more delicious barbecue-flavour.
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This increases the surface area of the 'dog, which means more delicious barbecue-flavour.

11. Make your own flat bread in a countertop grill

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A packet of bread mix + olives, herbs and cut up veg + closing the lid for a few minutes + delicious warm flat bread that makes your kitchen smell like heaven.

12. Don't throw away pepper tops

Crack an egg in them and barbecue for a veggie feast.
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Crack an egg in them and barbecue for a veggie feast.

13. Use two cookies and a slice of ice cream for the easiest dessert ever

Warm the cookies on the barbecue then slice the ice cream all the way through the cardboard tub. Place it between the warm cookies and peel the card away.

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14. Make this 2-in-1 smoothie/centrepiece

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All you need is a watermelon, a wire coat hanger, a drill, a pen, a plastic cup and something to pour the smoothie in to.

15. Cool drinks without watering them down

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By freezing grapes and using them as tasty ice cubes.

16. Save your bottles to help with the clean-up

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You're not going to stop the party halfway through to take the rubbish out, so use half a plastic bottle to seal your bin bags when you're cleaning up. This will stop any nasty smells from escaping, or creatures from nabbing your leftovers.

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17. Make an ice lolly drip catcher with a paper cup

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There's nothing nicer than an ice lolly on a hot day. However, there's nothing worse than it dripping and everyone having sticky fingers. Luckily, a modified paper cup can be used to catch the drips.

A cupcake wrapper or a yogurt pot would work just as well.

18. Make magical instant slushie drinks

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Pour some orange juice in to a plastic bag, push out all the air. Put the bag in a bigger bag filled with ice and salt. Salt makes ice colder, so the juice will freeze almost instantly. Squeeze in to a glass.

NB: adults love these too

19. Get kids to eat their vegetables by turning them into little boats

Halve, hollow out and and barbecue grill your vegetable (peppers work really well), then fill with a dip. Top off with a cheese, melon, lettuce or cucumber 'sail'.
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Halve, hollow out and and barbecue grill your vegetable (peppers work really well), then fill with a dip. Top off with a cheese, melon, lettuce or cucumber 'sail'.

Don't forget the meat!

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Whatever your flavour, there’s something delicious waiting for you in ASDA’s American inspired barbecue range.

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