BBQs are great for bringing people together in a socially easy and relaxed atmosphere. The combination of BBQs, food, alcohol and a beautiful sunny day have long been common sights in backyards, parks, pools, lakes and beaches around Australia. But the impact of BBQs can be much greater than a simple get together. They are also great for building friendships, building work relationships, celebrating and bringing strangers together. Some of the most common BBQs you will see, or be part of, include:
Work BBQs are mostly organised on a Friday when people are ready for the weekend. They are a good way to end the week with colleagues as they allow co-workers to relax, unwind and get to know each other a bit better. Work BBQs are a good way to maintain staff morale and workers see that their boss is doing something for them. Staff rewards, like work BBQs, have been proved to improve staff retention rates, which is good for a business’s reputation.
Churches, schools, community groups, religious groups, businesses and groups of friends all take advantage of the benefits of BBQs by organising social BBQs. The purpose of social BBQs is to allow people to meet new people, get to know each other and generally socialise in a relaxing environment. Food, drink and a good atmosphere are great markers for great BBQs. Some businesses, community groups and schools will organise BBQs to raise money.
Birthday BBQs are very common throughout Australia. Parks, backyards, balconies and more are filled with celebrating friends and families all year round. These are easiest to pick as they usually involve hanging balloons, cake, children and singing. It is great ways for friends and families to come together and celebrate that special person.
Many families have broken with tradition and now have Christmas BBQs. These are more suited to the hot Australian climate as they allow people to be outside and not stuck in a hot kitchen baking. It is also great for complimenting Australia’s summer foods – seafood, lamb, gourmet sausages and marinated steak are all favoured Christmas cuisines. This Christmas why not mix some traditional cuisines into your Christmas BBQs? Some suggestions include – grilled turkey steaks with cranberry sauce; pork and apple skewers; char grilled prawns, scallops and squid; and BBQ Pavlova.
The benefits of BBQs are many and should not be taken for granted. So next time you’re invited to BBQs don’t decline.