Top tips to nail your next barbecue, from an expert

BBQ Lad Hilary Anderson shares his top tips for nailing your bank holiday barbecue with Beefsteak Club Wines

A BBQ isn't just about the cooking, it's a social occasion where you want to wow everyone with your BBQ prowess but also have time to enjoy the company of friends and family. So here's some great tips to have fun and enjoy your cookup!

Plan your menu:

Plan your dishes so you aren't cooking too much at once or spending the entire day in front of the grill and not with your guests. Why not think of a theme for your menu which will help with side dishes, and of course, complimenting with Beefsteak Club wines.

Grow your BBQ repertoire:

The range of BBQ dishes is virtually endless. Try roasting, slow-cooking or if feeling adventurous, smoking on the BBQ. Practice makes perfect!

About Beefsteak Club Wines

Beefsteak Club is inspired by the London dining clubs of the 18th century, which celebrated the beefsteak as a symbol of liberty and prosperity. Its range includes wines from around the world, expertly sourced to pair well with meat and barbecued cuisine – a pairing we can definitely get on board with.

Meat should be at room temperature before cooking:

It should be out of the fridge for at least an hour. The warmer the meat inside the better the result when cooked and you will avoid the "charred on the outside, raw in the middle" major BBQ blunder.

Rest cooked meat:

Resting your cooked meat allows the meat to relax and reabsorb the juices after the heat of the BBQ. At least 15 minutes for smaller steak and longer for bigger cuts. Only cover it with a cloth or loosely applied foil when resting in a cold environment, or to keep it out of the eyeshot of hungry guests.

Tool up!

Invest in a decent set of BBQ tongs and a flipper, a set of heat resistant BBQ gloves. Simply the best tool you can have is a quick read meat thermometer which will take the guesswork out of cooking a steak to just how you like it, and ensure that you are serving chicken safely.

The perfect wines:

And of course, the perfect barbecue deserves the perfect wine! Beefsteak Club offer a great range that pair perfectly with all kinds of meat and barbecued food.

If you need a bit of extra help to get you on your way, here are four delicious recipes to beef up your BBQ:

Reverse-Seared Tomahawk Steak with Chimichurri 

Pair it with: Beefsteak Club Reserve Malbec

Bacon Double Smash Burgers

Pair it with: Beefsteak Club Mendoza Malbec


Smoky Paprika & Garlic Prawns with Aioli

Pair it with: Beefsteak Club Malbec Rosé

Fiery Buffalo Wings with Blue Cheese Sauce

Pair it with: Beefsteak Club Cabernet Sauvignon