At Stokes Sauces we love BBQ!

The unpredictability of the weather in this country makes long term planning of a family BBQ or al fresco supper party more difficult than it might be in the sunnier climbs of our continental or antipodean friends. As Tom Kerridge said on the run up to Whitsun, he was being ‘super-positive’ about the prospects for brilliant barbecue conditions this summer.

We share Tom’s super-positive attitude because we just love everything about a BBQ.

Even the routine of preparation is fun. Checking there’s enough charcoal (or gas); cleaning off the cooking rack; gathering the tongs and tools; preparing the meat, vegetables and salad ingredients; creating mouthwatering marinades; chilling the Prosecco, beers and pitchers of fruity mocktails; setting your favourite ‘outside-ware’ – plates, bowls, cutlery and glasses. There’s a buzz in the air (and not just from the bees).

Barbecue cuisine offers a vast range of culinary creativity. Gone is the charred burger, frazzled sausage or raw drumstick.

Over the next few weeks we will celebrate a summer of beautiful barbecues by sharing recipes, marinades, salads and grilling tips - everything to make your al fresco feasting tastier than ever.

Excitingly, this all kicks off with the 22nd National Barbecue Week between 28th May and 3rd June.

The icing on the cake, or sizzle in the sausage, is Stokes Summer Sauces Competition and your chance to WIN The Ultimate BBQ, simply by telling us: ‘Why you love barbecues’?

The First Prize is an amazing Grillstream BBQ whose unique double grill means no flare-up, burn-free cooking and easier cleaning. The large cooking area, back-lit LED control knobs, ergonomic design and stylish finish will sensationalise your garden cooking. The lucky winner also gets a full dinner set from Cornishware - a splendid collection of plates, bowls, cups & saucers to grace an elegant evening outdoors.

There will also be 10 Runners Up Prizes of British-grown, fast-lighting, gourmet BBQ charcoal from The Oxford Charcoal Company. As well as a personalised mug from Cornishware. ALL winners will also receive a selection of delicious Stokes BBQ sauces as well as a prestigious Stokes apron.

Stokes Sauces the perfect accompaniment to your Summer BBQ! The taste of barbecues – made better.

Just about all Stokes sauces, ketchups, mayonnaise, preserves, dressings and chutneys have a place in, on or alongside a BBQ or al fresco feast, but these are the favourites:

Stokes Award-Winning Tomato Ketchup and its family: Chipotle Ketchup, Chilli Ketchup, Curry Ketchup and Bloody Mary Ketchup each have a place in a marvelous marinade.

Stokes Real Mayonnaise or any of our delicious Mayonnaises, sit well with any salad or gives a velvet smooth luster to a fresh, crispy slaw. Or try the creamy aioli of Stokes Garlic Mayonnaise; the jalapeno hit of our Chilli Mayonnaise; the vibrant zing of our Lemon Mayonnaise; or the ‘must-have-more’ magic of Stokes Mustard & Honey Mayonnaise.

Stokes Original BBQ Sauce is thick and smoky with natural blossom honey and a molasses-style sweetness that can be used as an accompaniment, a marinade or a dipping sauce.

Stokes Hot & Spicy BBQ Sauce is just that. To balance the heat of the chillis, it has even more molasses and honey to sweeten the initial smoky BBQ flavours, letting the spicy heat develop as an after flavour. 

Stokes Sweet & Sticky BBQ Sauce is another flavoursome variation, deeply sweet with a sensational kick of British horseradish and Worcestershire sauce to balance the sticky maple syrup.

Stokes Burger Relish is a sweet red pepper, onion and tomato relish with subtle notes of chilli, made up in the style of a salsa. It promises to transform burgers into something re

Stokes Sticky Pickle is scrumptiously sticky with our own unique blend of vegetables in a sweet and spicy sauce made with molasses and black treacle.

Stokes English Mustard is perfect with a beef burger, a strong yet smooth take on the classic mustard without the "burn". If you like mustard we think you'll love this!

The Stokes Summer Sauces Competition is open from 28th May and closes on 15th July.

So, get thinking – why do you love barbecues? Tell us and perhaps you could be a winner!