The research by Warburtons bakery has a number of suggestions for how to get a barbecue just right.

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A new survey claims to reveal the formula for the perfect barbecue.

Research by Warburtons bakery has found you should plan to fire up the grill at 2.00pm on a day where temperatures are touching 22 degrees.

The survey of 2,000 adults found eight guests is the most manageable number and the gathering should last for around four hours.

Burgers have been named as people’s favourite barbecue food, followed by hot dogs and steak, while 37 per cent of participants voted ketchup as their favourite condiment.

The research indicates that 47 per cent of people want music to be played in the background but 21 per cent would prefer to watch sport on TV.