How to Host a Truly Scottish Barbecue for the Olympics

Olympic logo iron rings” by Ian Burt is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Hi WhatLauraLoves readers!

My names Carol and I’m here to guest post on Laura’s blog all about the Olympics and what Scotland has to offer to celebrate!

It’s no secret
that the Scottish have a history of combining dairy products, meat, fish,
vegetables, and fruit to create unique dishes and side items like haggis,
tatties, and neeps. But aside from traditional Scottish cuisine, we also know
how to make some really great barbecue when the time comes for it to be done.
And what better time is there than the 2016 Summer Olympics, soon to be hosted
in sunny Rio de Janeiro starting on the the 5th of August and
lasting until the 21st? That’s 16 days of prime barbecue and
celebration time. If you’re looking to have an authentic Scottish barbecue for
the holiday, check out these tips:

Play Games and Festivities

Where there are
strong Scottish men there are bound to be heavy athletics. Traditional Highland
games include events like the stone put, caber toss, weight throw, hammer
throw, and the sheaf toss. All of these and other more modern (family friendly)
games like tug-o-war, horseshoes, tag, and hide and seek can all be played
alongside each other at a well-rounded Scottish barbecue party. You could also
play some food slot games like BBQ slots to add some fun to the serving aspect – you
spin the slots and take the combination of food items you land on. Similar slot
games can be played for dessert or in drinking game variations.

Bring in the Scottish Cuisine

How can you have
a Scottish barbecue without at least having a few traditional Scottish dishes? How about some
Ayrshire bacon or roast Aberdeen Angus beef for the grill? Maybe a side of
scotch pie and some roast hough, grouse, haunch of venison, or collops
smothered in a homemade barbecue sauce with traditional Scottish sauces available
for dipping as well. You can go lots of places with this, especially when you
start getting into the desserts, breads, and confections like drop-scones,
scones, butteries, bannock, Abernathy biscuits, Dundee cake, Scottish
shortbread, and too many more to mention. To put it plainly, a meal can turn
into a feast fast at a Scottish barbecue, so don’t forget to bring an Olympic

Scots Can Barbecue with the Best

If you don’t feel
like staying home and making a barbecue meal yourself, Edinburgh has no shortage of barbecue restaurants
that will hit the spot just fine. We’ve got places like Reekie’s Smokehouse,
Ada Restaurant, Meat Bar, Los Argentinos, and Zico’s Brazilian Grill Bar
serving up great barbecue on a daily basis.

Scotland’s Role in the 2016

Although Scotland
doesn’t yet have its own Olympic team, this year there are record numbers of
Scots playing on the Great Britain team, with 8 of the 26 women on the Great
Britain swim team being from Scotland. Scotland has also had its fair share of
great Olympians throughout the years, so it is definitely worth tuning in to see
what takes places this year, being that it’ll be another 4 years before the
next Olympics.

How will you be enjoying the Olympics this year?

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