A backyard BBQ is one of the best ways to get your family and friends together to share a meal and have some fun. If you’re a fan of firing up the grill, this is your time to shine. But, it doesn’t have to be stressful.
With some simple planning, you can enjoy your BBQ just as much as all of your guests. Here are some great ways to make sure you throw the best BBQ ever.
Visit Your Local Butcher
There’s no denying that you’ll get through a lot of food during a bbq. If you’ve got a lot of meat lovers among you, you’ll need a decent amount of meat to keep the bbq going for your guests. Shopping locally isn’t just a great way to put money back into your community but you’ll often get better deals on bulk orders from a butcher.
While you’re there, visit your local fruit and vegetable store to put together some vegetarian options for your guests too. You’ll also need plenty of salad ingredients as an accompaniment to your dishes.
Prep Your Food
When guests attend your bbq, they don’t want to be waiting for you to prepare all of the food before you can cook it. Ideally, you should prepare the food before your guests arrive. You can get some great tips from Grilling Master to impress your guests.
Make sure to season or marinade meat for as long as you need to and chop vegetables that you use for kebabs. Wash and chop salad ingredients and cook pasta and potatoes if you intend on serving those too.
Check Your Grill
The last thing you need is to invite everyone over and prepare all the food just for your grill to not work. Make sure you have everything you need for your grill to work as perfectly as possible. Check there’s enough gas in the propane tank or charcoal for a charcoal grill.
Make sure the grill is properly cleaned before use. If you forget to clean your grill before use, you could end up making all of your guests unwell.
Ask Guests To Chip In
Throwing a bbq for family and friends is a big job. It can also be expensive if you’re buying food for everyone. Ask guests to bring something with them to contribute.
It could be anything from a potato salad to a bottle of prosecco. The more food and drink you have there, the more likely there’ll be something that everyone likes and you’re less likely to run out of what you need.
It’s common for backyard bbqs to run into the evening. Even if you time it for the middle of the day, people have so much fun that they want to stay. It can help to hang up some fairy lights in your backyard for the evening.
It’s not just about creating a comfortable ambience- fairy lights serve a practical purpose too. They can help your guests see properly when the sun fades away. You can pick up solar powered fairy lights or battery powered fairy lights for affordable prices.
Serve Snacks In a Separate Area
Have you ever been cooking on the grill while several people are standing around you waiting and watching? The pressure is enough to send the best of cooks into a frenzy. If you need your space while grilling, set up a snack area away from the bbq.
This is a perfect place for salads, pastas, drinks, and more. Your guests can fill up on snacks while they wait for their bbq favourties to be ready. If you have small children in attendance, you may want to section off the grill entirely so small fingers don’t get burnt.
Encourage Guests To Help Themselves
As the host, you don’t want to be managing the grill and trying to serve everyone at the same time. That’s a recipe for disaster. Make sure guests feel comfortable enough to serve themselves when they need to.
Have adult and children’s drinks readily available in a bucket full of ice. Put plates, glasses, utensils, and more within easy reach. It really is a case of mi casa su casa.
This is a great opportunity for singing along with a guitar player or playing garden games with the kids. On a hot day, your guests may want to take a dip in the pool or even have a water gun fight. Your entertainment should compliment your food perfectly.
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