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HowTo: Outdoor Cooking On National Patio Day


Stratco National Patio Day is among us so let Stratco help you with the menu.

A BBQ is the perfect outdoor cooking solution for all households with endless possibilities to match your taste palette. The second prize for the Show Us Your Best Dennis competition is the Beefeater Bugg BBQ valued at $700. Entertain your family and friends this summer on National Patio Day to support Cancer Council and those impacted by cancer. Enter the Show Us Your Best Dennis completion NOW!


  • 1 whole free-range chicken
  • 1/4 cup of ketchup manis (thick soy sauce)
  • 1/4 cup of sweet chilli sauce
  • 3 tablespoons of honey       


  • 3 tablespoons of grated ginger
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup of sesame seeds        


  1. Butterfly the chicken by cutting out the backbone and flattening the breastbone by pressing down hard with the back of your hand.
  2. Fold the wing tips back under the wing, then and put the chicken in a baking dish that can hold it flat.
  3. To make each paste place remaining ingredients into a food processor (or mortar) and process into a paste.
  4. Brush paste over chicken.
  5. Marinate the chicken overnight for a better result, otherwise, cook straight away.
  6. Place the chicken inside facing downwards onto the preheated BBQ (medium heat).
  7. Close with the hood and cook for 30 minutes.
  8. Flip the chicken skin side down and cook covered until it is done and the skin is golden brown (another 20-30 minutes depending on the chicken's size). If the skin needs further browning to increase the heat to high and cook for 2-3 minutes or until it is crisped to your liking
  9. The chicken is cooked when it reaches 75 degrees (check the thickest part of the breast or the thighs), or check it by poking a knife tip into the thickest part of breast or thigh

# if cloudy pinkish juice oozes out it is undercooked
# If clear juice quickly oozes out it is just about to be ready
# If juices start to ooze out slowly the chicken is perfectly cooked
# If no juice comes out it is overcooked

Any left-over paste brings to the boil to kill harmful food bacteria. To do it you place the tray with the juices onto the BBQ and bring to the boil and pour over the chicken just before serving.


  • 1 red capsicum cut lengthwise into quarters
  • 1-2 small zucchini cut lengthwise into half or quarters (if you use 1)
  • 1 red onion, peeled and cut into four thick slices
  • 1 eggplant cut lengthwise into four thick slices
  • 4 large portobello BBQ mushrooms
  • 2 garlic cloves peeled and minced


  • 1 tablespoon of finely chopped herbs such as thyme, rosemary, oregano, sage or marjoram
  • 2 tablespoon of olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 cup of roughly chopped herbs such as parsley, basil, coriander, dill, chives or spring onions


  1. Mix garlic with herbs and oil and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Place vegetables in a bowl and marinate with the oil paste, using your hands to mix it through.
  3. With the help of tongs spread them over high heat (direct heat) BBQ and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side (rather undercook than overcook which will result in a nicer texture as well as flavour).
  4. Remove onto a serving platter and sprinkle with some fresh herbs.


  • 2-3 salmon fillets
  • 1 red onion cut into wedges
  • 1 capsicum cut into cubes
  • 1 teaspoon chopped thyme
  • 1 chopped garlic clove


  • Smoked paprika to taste
  • 2 tablespoons of ghee
  • Olive oil and lemon juice
  • Salt, freshly ground pepper


  1. Mix garlic with herbs and oil and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Place salmon and vegetables in a bowl and marinate with the oil paste, using your hands to mix it through.
  3. Thread salmon, red onion and capsicum alternatively onto skewers. 
  4. Cook skewers, turning, for 8 minutes or until vegetables lightly charred.
  5. Remove onto a serving platter and sprinkle with some fresh herbs.

3 Ways To Win With National Patio Day 2020

1. Sign Up & Fundraise For Your $20 Voucher And You Could Win a $30,000 Stratco Home Stadium*

Summer is the ideal time to entertain, so celebrate the start of summer by hosting your own Stratco National Patio Day event. Help educate those around you on the importance of sun safety and raise funds for Cancer Council. Every $20 you raise provides an entry to win a $30,000 Stratco Home Stadium*. You will also receive a $20 voucher and a number of additional special offers when you sign up to host a National Patio Day event*.

Register Now 

2. Show Us Your Best Dennis To Win

As an Australian sports commentator, Dennis Cometti is known for his famous one-liners with great wit and brilliant quick thinking. Show Us Your Best Dennis by commentating your favourite backyard activity like Dennis to win. Here are some of our favourite one-liners from Dennis to inspire you:

  • "Centimetre perfect"
  • He "went into that last pack optimistically and came out misty optically"
  • "So it’s back to the old drawing board. Obviously a luxury that the guy who invented the drawing board didn’t have", 
  • "There is something magnetic about his aura. He should be covered in fridge magnets."

Show us your best Dennis on either Facebook or Instagram to win:

  • First Prize: Vuly Ultra M Trampoline valued at $1,050
  • Second Prize: Beefeater BUGG BBQ valued at $700
  • Third Prize: National Patio Day Pop Up Patio
  • We will also give away one $50 Stratco voucher for the best entry each fortnight.

How to enter:

You can enter on either Facebook or Instagram.

Facebook – By posting on the Entrant’s Facebook Page, tagging the Stratco Facebook page (@stratco) in an unrestricted public post. The Entrant’s Facebook account privacy must be set to public and not private.; or

Instagram – By posting on the Entrant’s Instagram Page and including #nationalpatioday in an unrestricted public post. The Entrant’s Instagram account privacy must be set to public and not private.

3. Share Your Celebrations To Win On National Patio Day

There will be a number of prizes given away to those who share their National Patio Day celebrations with us via social media on Saturday 5 December 2020.  Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for more information.

Register Now

Show Your Support Online & Instore

Donate At stratco.com.au

Make a $1 donation to Cancer Council on the Stratco website. Skin cancer accounts for the largest number of cancers diagnosed in Australia each year, with at least two in three people diagnosed with skin cancer before age 70. We want to change that, and we can't do it without your support. You can donate $1 on top of your transaction and help Cancer Council work towards a cancer free future.

Purchase A National Patio Day Straw Hat

Practice sun safety leading up to your celebration and on National Patio Day by wearing your special edition hat. This hat protects you from the sun AND helps reduce your risk of skin cancer! Skin cancer accounts for the largest number of cancers diagnosed in Australia each year! Australia has the highest instance of melanoma in the world. Together, Stratco and Cancer Council are working to create a skin cancer free future for all Australians. $5 from every National Patio Day straw hat will go to Cancer Council to support their work across research, prevention and support and help raise awareness of the importance of sun protection.

Donate At Cancer Council 

You can support a host or donate directly to Cancer Council on the website. The money raised through National Patio Day enables Cancer Council to fund vital prevention, research, advocacy and support programs that save lives. Once you raise $20 you will gain an entry to win a $30,000 Stratco Home Stadium so get fundraising!*

*Stay safe. Please check your local social distancing restrictions when planning your event.