How to host a hipster barbecue
HAVE you noticed how barbecuing has gone from a suburban dad activity to the domain of hipsters? The old-fashioned menu has been replaced with free-range, local and hormone-free boutique butchery offerings such as pulled pork and the range of accompanying designer sauces. And don't even get me on to the compulsory quinoa salad.
Hipster barbecuing is all about ironically recreating your idealised suburban youth. This means red-checked tablecloths, citronella candles and coolers full of icy boutique beers. For barbecue decor, remaining firmly in ironic territory, there are some basic tips for adding a dollop of style and down-at-the-ranch practicality to your barbecue get-together.
Once you have the basic space figured out, funk it up with cushions, coordinated table settings and the obligatory fairy lights. It's summer, so keep everything lightly coloured and avoid dark colour schemes. Keep a retro-style bin nearby for dumping the mess and, if you have decking, make sure the food area is set up here as it's always easier than grappling with food on grass.
As for accompaniment, heck, there's even a hipster barbecue playlist on Pandora.
To host the ultimate hipster cook-out, even the barbecues have evolved, though ironically of course, such as the latest "real fuel'' varieties of barbecues. Traditional grilling, roasting or slow cooking has had a resurgence, and for good reason. It gives food that old-school smoky taste.