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BBQ Essentials

It's finally summer - and that means the seductive scent of barbecued food wafting from every garden, park and balcony as soon as the sun's out. We've rounded up everything you need to make your BBQ stand out from the crowd.

1. Pico Sauces

Indian spiced condiments brand Pico Sauces was launched in 2015 by entrepreneur Arjun Gadkari with the aim of bringing authentic flavours of modern India into everyday British meals, from sandwiches through to BBQs.

The growing range of hot sauces, ketchups and chutneys Ranges from the barely-spicy Varanasi Tamarind Chutney (great in a toasted cheese sandwich!) to this fearsomely hot Naga Ghost Pepper sauce. They have been designed to showcase the culinary creativity that is exploding across India today, whilst enabling consumers to enjoy the real taste of India beyond the conventional curry - and if you get the whole range, you can stage your own wing challenge.

RRP: £2.50 each, £10 for a set

2. Randy's Wing Bar Sauces

If you're looking for classic BBQ flavours then this pack from Randy's Wing Bar has got you covered. They are the same sauces used in their gourmet chicken wing restaurant and bring a real taste of the USA to your barbecue. If you're looking for the foodies' KFC, their Korean sauce will add a hot, sweet kick to chicken whether it is deep-fried or barbecued. We think this works really well as both a marinade and a glaze.

RRP: £22.50 for a set

3. Meater wireless meat thermometer

Worried about undercooking that chicken? It can be hard to tell if meat is cooked all the way through, especially when barbecuing; you're dealing with varying temperatures and a temptingly browned appearance, but is it really done? Cue Meater, a wireless meat thermometer you can connect to your phone. Simply pop it into the piece of meat, stick it on the BBQ and carry on with your potato salad and garlic bread prep; you will get a notification when it is perfectly cooked.

(This will also revolutionise your fish and steak cookery, by the way. You're welcome.)

RRP: £99

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4. Hot Smoking Kit

To really get that smoky BBQ goodness, we love this award-winning hot-smoking kit; a nifty stainless steel smoker box, three different wood chips, a BBQ rub, how-to guide and recipes. It works on a charcoal or gas BBQ, as long as you have a lid and ventilation. Make sure you have the best natural charcoal and firelighters (no nasty chemicals) for easy but impressive - and delicious - results. I can't wait to try this.

RRP: £35

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5. Portable Grill

If you're going to splash out on a decent BBQ this summer, why not get one you can load in the car and take to the beach or park? This dual burner propane grill from Napoleon can roast a whole chicken or cook up to 20 hamburgers at once - perfect for a summer outing, even if you've only gone as far as the garden.

RRP: £449.99

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Deputy Editor, Chatting Food London: Amanda David

Amanda David is a freelance food writer specialising in London’s restaurants, bars, exhibitions and events. She is Events Editor for London Cheapo and a regular contributor to Palate Magazine.

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