un is no prerequisite for firing up the grill, but it helps, and this week’s heatwave is the ideal excuse.
Barbecues are meant to be about having fun; slavishly stirring up marinades and dedicating yourself to the overnight ordeal of a truly great pulled pork needn’t be the thing. Instead, crack a cold one and take it easy; it’s time to call in a kit.
Barbecue in a Box
Chill and grill with Alexander Mair’s first-rate offerings; all the classics, plenty of veg and even a box themed for the Euros. Order by midday Thursday for Friday delivery.
From £40, allinabox.co.uk
On The Table
Steak, pork, lamb, guanciale, a ton of salad, stracciatella, a decent bottle of red if you want it: this lot have everything.
From £90, onthetableco.com
Provenance Village Butcher
Ideal for last-minute plans, they do it all, from halloumi skewers to Korean-style bavette steak. Everything is prepped and ready to go, with same-day delivery on orders made before 10am.
From £28, deliveries.provenancebutcher.com
Spitalfieds favourite Gunpowder has sourced flavours from across India for their box, from Keralan beef to hispi from the Himalayas. Order by Thursday midday for Friday delivery.
From £50, dishpatch.co.uk
Berenjak kabab kit
Get a pre-marinated taste of Iranian cooking with these kingly kebabs. Same-day delivery available.
Pitmaster-grade smoked meats delivered as part of feasting selections or DIY bun boxes.
From £24, London delivery, smokestakshop.co.uk
Knock Knock by Smith and Brock
The respected restaurant supplier is doing its own barbecue box, packed with tons of veg as well as the meat.
From £55, knock-knock-groceries.com