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A Guide to Barbecues at your Beach Hut

Be prepared this year for your summer barbecue on the beach with our quick and easy guide. We cover everything from safety and insurance to cocktails and portable barbecues!

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Enjoying a barbecue at your beach hut or beach chalet can be one of the most delightful experiences. Here’s a quick and easy guide for all you grill enthusiasts to make sure your beach barbecue is both enjoyable and safe, covering everything from planning the food to insurance measures.

1. Planning Your Beach Barbecue

  • Check Local Regulations: Before setting up, verify any local restrictions or regulations regarding beach barbecues. Some beaches have designated areas or specific times when barbecues are allowed. Beach Hut Associations may also have some information for you so be sure to check out the correct one for your area.
  • Choose the Right Equipment: Opt for portable barbecues specifically designed for beach use. These are generally lightweight, easy to transport, and safer for sandy environments.
  • Inviting Guests: Plan the number of guests to ensure you have adequate space and seating. Portable chairs and beach blankets can enhance comfort.
  • Menu Planning: Plan a menu suitable for outdoor cooking. Include easy-to-grill items like burgers, hot dogs, vegetables, and don’t forget the condiments and sides.

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2. Safety Tips

  • Location Selection: Position your barbecue away from flammable materials, including beach huts, dry grass, and trees. Ensure there’s ample space around the grill to prevent accidents.
  • Wind Direction: Set up your barbecue considering the wind direction to avoid smoke blowing towards your beach hut or guests.
  • Extinguishing Flames: Keep a bucket of water, sand, or a fire extinguisher nearby to quickly put out any flames if necessary.
  • Constant Supervision: Never leave the barbecue unattended. Designate a responsible adult to always oversee the grilling process.
  • Cool Down Properly: Allow the barbecue to cool completely before disposing of any ashes or moving the grill.

3. Insurance Measures

  • Public Liability Insurance: Ensure your beach hut insurance includes public liability cover. This will protect you in case a guest is injured or property is damaged during your barbecue.
  • Equipment Cover: Verify if your insurance covers damage or theft of your barbecue equipment.
  • Accidental Damage Protection: Look for insurance policies that cover accidental damage to your beach hut during such events. This can help mitigate costs if any mishaps occur during your barbecue.
  • Review Policy Exclusions: Check your policy for any exclusions or limitations related to hosting events or using barbecue equipment. Ensure you are fully covered to avoid any surprises in case of an incident.

4. Setting Up Your Barbecue

  • BBQ Tools: Bring essential barbecue tools such as tongs, spatulas, and brushes for a smooth cooking experience.
  • Fuel Supply: Ensure you have enough charcoal, gas, or briquettes, depending on your barbecue type.
  • Safe Lighting: Use long-reach matches or a barbecue lighter to safely ignite the grill.
  • Food Safety: Keep raw and cooked foods separate to prevent cross-contamination. Use coolers with ice packs to store perishable items.

5. During the Barbecue

  • Stay Hydrated: Keep plenty of water available for everyone, especially on hot days. Get a portable water dispenser to keep your water fresh and easily accessible for everyone.
  • Sun Protection: Provide sun protection options such as umbrellas, hats, and 50 factor suncream to prevent sunburn.
  • Entertainment: Plan some beach-friendly games or activities to keep your guests entertained, such as volleyball or sandcastle competitions! Check out our best beach activities here.

6. Cleaning Up

  • Proper Waste Disposal: Use bins or bags to collect rubbish. Safely put out hot coals by pouring water on them before throwing them away in designated spots.
  • Leave No Trace: Clean up all your equipment and remove any litter from the beach. Respect the environment to keep the beach beautiful for everyone.

7. After the Barbecue

  • Check Equipment: Inspect your barbecue equipment for any damage and clean it thoroughly before storing it away.
  • Thank Your Guests: Send a thank-you note or message to your guests for attending and making the event memorable.

8. Enjoy Responsibly

  • Respect Others: Keep noise levels down to avoid disturbing other beachgoers.
  • Responsible Drinking: If consuming alcohol, do so responsibly. Ensure there is always a designated person to manage the barbecue who is not drinking. But for those who do enjoy a tipple, be sure to check out some seaside inspired cocktails on Delish.
  • Mind the Tide: Be aware of the tide schedule to avoid any potential flooding of your barbecue area.

Follow these steps and safety tips for a fun and safe barbecue at your beach hut. Make it a memorable experience! Enjoy the sunshine, delicious food, and great company!

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