There is no denying that food always tastes better outdoors in good company and with the sun shining.
On average you can expect to achieve that holy trinity of variables roughly four times during a typical Northern Irish summer.
Here’s 6 gadgets to help you make the most of the times when it happens…
1. Star Wars Lightsaber BBQ Tongs
Inject a little fun to your outdoors dining experience with this barbecue accessory. With this gadget, you will be able to stop your meat going ‘to the dark side’ by turning it frequently. Designed as Darth Vader’s lightsaber, it also comes with sound effects and a red storage case.
2. Biolite Camping Stove
This stove will brighten up a night under the stars. Not only can you cook your beans or boil water for your morning cuppa on the device, but you can charge your phone on it too! This is particularly impressive given that the energy for the stove doesn’t come in the form of a gas canister but instead you use ‘renewable biomass’ – twigs, sticks, etc. Load up the main canister with your fuel and set it alight. Once it’s hot enough it’s time to start cooking!
3. iDevices iGrill Mini Meat Thermometer
Forget slaving over the barbecue, this handy little smart gadget will allow you to sit back and relax while it monitors how your food is coming along. Download the app that comes with it, then using the preset options highlight which meat you’re having and how you like it cooked.
4. Outwell ECOcool 24L Coolbox
This may look like a regular cool box (and it can be used as such) but you can also power it up using the 12-volt car adaptor, to make it more like a fridge or oven. Once it’s running, you can choose to have it set to cool or warm.
5. Speaker Blanket
This novel blanket comes with built-in speakers and a pouch to pop your MP3 player/phone into. Then, it’s just a case of plugging it in using a 3.5mm headphone connection and choosing what tunes you want to listen to. And there you go, a soundtrack to your picnic! In terms of its primary function, the blanket is water resistant and seats four.
6. Verysmart 50/50
Can’t agree whether to have a barbecue or not? Well this outdoor grill will make the perfect gadget for those who like to mix things up a bit. On one side, you’ll find a ‘traditional’ barbecue – where you can grill your food over charcoal. On the other is a plancha plate where you can sizzle some other dishes. Both sides are powered by gas canisters