Call it a ‘barbie’, barbeque, barbecue or BBQ - the act of cooking outside is an essential slice of the New Zealand culture and culinary experience.
Barbecue meals epitomise the easy New Zealand lifestyle where long summer days promote convivial gatherings and casual outdoor living.
The great Kiwi barbie most often happens at home in the backyard, but keeping the heat out of the kitchen appeals so much in summer that even student flats and chic city apartments are usually equipped with the vital accessory.
Cooking and eating outside is no-fuss entertaining so many New Zealanders do the bulk of their summer socialising over the barbecue, and an invitation to a casual Kiwi barbecue often extends to bring something to throw on the barbie.
Away from home, portable barbecues have extended the traditional Kiwi picnic to hot, alfresco treats cooked up at any time of the day on boats, beaches, parks and in other open spaces.
Traditionally the Kiwi barbie centred around bangers (sausages) and burgers, served with Kiwi favourite Watties tomato sauce and bread...