- It may sound obvious, but is there enough gas in the bottle? Some of the greatest BBQs of all time have been delayed by the need to run to the service station for an emergency top up. Have an extra bottle on standby just in case.
- Clean your BBQ. If you scrape it down after every use, this shouldn't be a huge job. Before your big event, just heat up the plates/grill, put some oil on it and, when the oil starts to bubble, scrape it again.
- Outdoor convenience is crucial at a great BBQ. Get your esky (or cooler), fill with [yellow tail] white wines then ice (don't make the mistake of putting the ice in first), pull out the deck chairs, paper plates, cups and cutlery and a garbage bin for everything to go in afterwards.