Barbecue rules unveiled as UK prepares for a hot summer

One in 20 Brits meet their partners at BBQs - despite nearly half the population only attending two or three each year. A survey of 2,000 people revealed singletons have been picking up smokin' hot dates alongside grilled bangers and burgers, with 5% finding their future beaus at the parties.

The food experts at Tropical Sun quizzed the nation about their bbqing habits including who's banned from the guest list, reasons for firing up the barbie and how frequently they're enjoyed. Brits revealed the least welcome guests at a BBQ are people who misbehaved last time (35%), pets (22%) and anyone who didn't invite you to theirs (14%).

Almost a fifth of resentful blokes (17%) won't invite someone to their BBQ if they failed to extend the invite to them, compared to just 11% of women. Kids were identified by 12% of folk as being low down on the guest list, while 11% of Brits don't want their neighbours there and 7% don't want their in-laws as guests.

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Brits aren't just fair-weather grillers, with a third (29%) enjoying BBQs so much they'd still attend one in rainy weather and a fifth (22%) committing to hosting one regardless of bad weather. A hardy 8% host regular BBQs regardless of the season. When it comes to frequency, almost half of the population (42%) host or attend on average two-three BBQs a year. A third (28%) go to five-six a year while an enthusiastic 11% visit six to ten of the foodie shindigs.

Gen Z are hosting BBQs more often than any other age group, with a fifth (22%) having on average six to ten a year. The study also revealed that 17% of Brits prefer hosting a BBQ, while half (47%) prefer attending one. Although Brits enjoy hosting, 15% expect guests to muck in and help clean up after the BBQ.

When it comes to the main reasons for hosting a BBQ, making the most of sunny weather (73%) came out as the top motivator. Birthday celebrations (58%), bank holidays (49%), watching a sporting event (26%) and showing off a new home or renovation (10%) rounded out the top five most popular reasons.

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According to the study, the majority of Brits spend under £100 on BBQ food. A third (31%) manage to host a budget BBQ paying £21-50, while 13% of Brits are comfortable with forking out £101-150 on a single BBQ. When it comes to what reigns supreme on the grill, sausages were crowned as the nation's favourite BBQ staple with 62% people choosing it as their preferred grilling food.

Meat burgers (59%) and chicken pieces (29%) rounded out the top thee meat choices for BBQ foods in the UK. Veggies' top choices are vegetable skewers (13%), grilling cheese (12%) and veggie burgers (9%).

Coleslaw was crowned the nation's favourite BBQ side, followed by leafy salad and potato salad. Tomato ketchup (84%), mayonnaise (75%), BBQ sauce (69%), mustard (55%) and burger sauce (43%) are the top must-have sauces at a British BBQ.

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Brand Manager at Tropical Sun Sinan Jefferies said: "With BBQ season upon us, we've taken a deep dive into British BBQ habits - not only the foods but the cultures and expectations around them. Every Brit will tell you that weather is a big factor, but less of us will be as aware of all the other secret ingredients that go towards putting on a successful BBQ.

"Hopefully our study can shed some light on the subject, and help Brits make the most out of our unpredictable, often short-lived summer."