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What are your best tips for having a great BBQ?

We asked, you answered – and you gave us some good ones.

SUMMER MIGHT NOT have been the greatest this year – but it’s not over quite yet.

There’s still a chance that some BBQ weather might come our way and as a nation that ever holds out hope of good weather, that’s what we’re going to do.

So, in our quest to find the best tips for the ultimate BBQ, we put the call out for yours.

And you didn’t let us down.

Firstly, there was the great charcoal vs gas debate:

Phil Gill is all for charcoal:

And Shane Manton sees the value of both – depending on how much time you have:

And then if you do decide to go the charcoal/wood BBQ route, David had this suggestion:

 Go to the hardware store and buy a pack of wood chips (mesquite, maple and jack daniel’s infused) once the coals are up to temperature empty the wood chips onto the BBQ to impart a real smoky sweet flavour to your food.

And now onto the good stuff – the food tips.

Rather than cremating some food and having some take ages to cook, William suggests:

And to add extra flavour to your steak, Midge says -

And while we hadn’t heard of ‘brine-ing’ before, reader Mal swears by it:

And he gets the seal of approval from Rory too,

We have a recipe right here – let us know if it converts you too.

Here’s a couple of ingredients to throw on the BBQ that you might not have thought of, such as Mark’s tip -

We talked about cooking rashers on the BBQ here, but reader Oriainarama got there before us:

Now – the BBQ is not a one trick pony, oh no. There are some side dishes you can cook on the BBQ too, like this one from Rene:

And of course, who doesn’t like a grilled onion on their burger or hot dog? Paul has just the tip here:

Cut up the onions, put them in tin foil, put in a bit of oil, wrap the tinfoil around the onions and they cook and smell delicious.

Last but not least… dessert

You didn’t think we wouldn’t sneaky in a little treat did you?

Of course you can cook a dessert on the BBQ – like this banana chocolate temptation from Ruth:

Did we get everything? Have you any more essential tips? Let us know in the comments below.

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