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Crafting the ultimate BBQ experience for modern guests

A well-designed BBQ space allows guests to enjoy a cherished social and cultural pastime

Summer is the season for outdoor gatherings, and in the world of accommodation, it’s all about setting the stage for incredible guest experiences.

One area that’s gaining increased attention is the outdoor BBQ space. Gone are the days of basic grills and picnic tables. Today, innovative equipment, thoughtful design, and a focus on safety are transforming accommodation BBQ areas into the ultimate guest experience.

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Paul Conradie, Head of Sales at DA Christie, agreed. He told us: “Barbecues are deeply ingrained in Australian culture. A well-designed BBQ space allows guests to enjoy a cherished social and cultural pastime. It enhances the overall guest experience in communal areas where friends, family, and strangers can come together, share a meal, and build relationships and camaraderie.”

Paul Conradie, Head of Sales at DA Christie,

BBQ area furniture and design

The ambience of the BBQ area is as important as the equipment itself. Properties are increasingly focusing on the design elements and furniture to create inviting and efficient BBQ spaces. Comfortable seating arrangements with weather-resistant cushions, ambient lighting, and well-thought-out layouts enhance the overall experience.

Blending functionality with aesthetics, many properties opt for outdoor kitchens with countertops, sinks, and storage space. This allows guests to prepare their meals conveniently while enjoying the outdoor setting. Rustic or modern, the design of the BBQ area can set the tone for a memorable dining experience.

Mr Conradie pointed out: “Inclusivity is also essential. Design should ensure accessibility for guests with a disability and older guests, including wheelchair-friendly paths, seating areas, and seated cooking. Landscaping and greenery are integrated into the design to enhance the aesthetics of the BBQ area and create a more pleasant and natural outdoor environment. The BBQ area should be designed as a community hub with communal tables, gathering spaces, and opportunities for social interaction to promote a sense of community.

He added: “Asset owners are integrating sustainable materials and practices, such as products with high recycled content and locally manufactured products with a low carbon footprint.”

Image supplied by DA Christie

Maintenance practices

To ensure that the BBQ experience remains top-notch, hotels are implementing rigorous maintenance practices.

Mr Conradie advised: “Regular cleaning is vital as it encourages use. Products being used will last longer and provide better than neglected ones. Avoid harsh cleaners and use only mild, non-abrasive cleaners for your BBQ. Harsh chemicals can damage surfaces and components. Avoid using a pressure washer, especially on sensitive parts like igniters and electronic components.

“Regular maintenance checks, according to the manufacturer’s recommendations, will prolong the life of your investment. Look for signs of wear, rust, or damage, and address any issues promptly. Replace any worn-out or malfunctioning parts to ensure accurate temperature control, reliable ignition, and optimum power consumption.”

Safety protocols

Safety is paramount in any commercial BBQ area.

Mr Conradie highlighted the following:

  • Display easily visible and understandable guidelines on equipment usage, safety measures, and proper disposal of waste.
  • Prohibit open flames or candles in the BBQ area to prevent fire hazards.
  • Encourage responsible use and discourage unsupervised or unattended cooking by children.
  • Hire a qualified professional to regularly inspect gas BBQs and ensure that they are operating as intended.
  • BBQ areas should have proper ventilation to disperse any smoke, so ensure adequate airflow in enclosed spaces.

Meet guest expectations

“Creating a communal BBQ area that satisfies all guests and elevates their experience involves a combination of thoughtful design, amenities, and services,” Mr Conradie said.

“Provide accessible pathways, seating areas, and cooking stations. Ensure everything is clean, in good working order, and well-stocked with necessities.

“Offer comfortable seating options, including tables and chairs with adequate shade. Incorporate entertainment options, such as outdoor games, playgrounds, music systems, or communal spaces for socialising. Design the BBQ area with a flexible layout accommodating small and large groups.”

His final advice is to “only buy barbecues from a reputable manufacturer that has a responsive, qualified in-house support team that can address concerns, provide assistance, and ensure that the communal BBQ area runs smoothly”.

Image supplied by DA Christie

Equipment and accessories

In the quest to provide guests with the best BBQ experience, properties are investing in cutting-edge equipment. High-tech grills with precise temperature control, smokeless technology and even built-in wifi connectivity, are all becoming the norm.

In conclusion

The modern accommodation BBQ experience is a far cry from its humble beginnings. Cutting-edge equipment, thoughtful design, meticulous maintenance, and a focus on safety, along with insights from industry expert suppliers like Paul Conradie, are the pillars that elevate the guest experience in outdoor BBQ settings.

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