The Charcoal Challenge

The Charcoal Challenge is about making the most of your money, and showing how you can host a really good BBQ for £50 – or less!

Can it be done? Of course it can – challenge accepted!
First things first – shopping! BBQ food is an essential, but we also used the money for drinks, charcoal and a paddling pool for the little ones. Essential to have some entertainment at a BBQ!
As well as the obligatory sausages and burgers, it’s nice to throw something different on the BBQ too, so we also served jacket potatoes wrapped in foil, with bacon and melted cheese, corn on the cobs, bakes garlic tear and share bread, and some snacky bits and pieces – crisps, carrot and pepper sticks with a creamy dip (you always need something to nibble while you are waiting for the main event).
At the BBQ – me, the hubby (head chef), Gemma, Jacob, Max (although he doesn’t really count as he only had milk) and Gemma’s friend from school with her mum.
The sun shone, everyone ate far too much, and there was plenty of wine flowing (or fizzy pop if you were one of the under 18’s).

Was it a success? You bet – everyone enjoyed the food, the kids had fun in the sun, and the adults got a chance to sit down with a glass of wine. Was there much food left over? – No, but that, surely, is the point?
* This is my entry into the Money Supermarket Charcoal Challenge. We were provided with £50 to spend on items for our ultimate BBQ, but all photos and written content is my own *
Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall


  1. July 8, 2013 / 7:54 pm

    Looks like you had a fab time! x

  2. July 8, 2013 / 8:17 pm

    ah brilliant weather for a bbq Finn was living in friends pools over the weekend!! x

  3. July 10, 2013 / 8:22 am

    Can’t wait to do ours! Looks great 🙂

    Popping over from the Mad Mid Week Blog Hop

  4. July 10, 2013 / 8:46 am

    Fabulous! This weather makes me wish we HAD a BBQ! lol! or even a bark garden good enough to have one in! Maybe next year, lol xx

  5. July 10, 2013 / 6:16 pm

    Sound like fun – and a lot more positive than my Barbecue post on this linky!

  6. July 12, 2013 / 9:08 am

    Sounds Fab! I need to get a BBQ in before this weather ends! x

  7. July 13, 2013 / 4:45 pm

    What a fun challenge and one that you completed very well. The food looked delicious and the children obviously had fun. Thanks for sharing with Country Kids.

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