Now that summer is here, how will you celebrate? If you are like most people, hanging out in the yard with friends and family sharing a meal comes to mind. Yes, BBQing is one of the best parts about summer, but how can you create the perfect summer BBQ that will leave you and your guests happy? Read below to find out:
Focus on the Food
When you start to plan your summer BBQ, remember that the food should be the main event. You want to make sure that you have a nice selection of food that everyone will enjoy. Hamburgers and hot dogs with a side of chili and coleslaw is always a winner. If you have more room in your budget, you can grill some juicy steaks, pork chops, or chicken.
Don’t forget the condiments and the seasonings. If you choose hamburgers and hot dogs, make sure that you have plenty of ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, relish, lettuce, tomatoes, and onions to go with the feast. A well-dressed hot dog or hamburger can make all the difference.
When it comes to other meats such as chicken or pork chops, consider marinading the meat the night before to really bring out some irresistible flavors. Some great sides are ones that can go right on the grill, such as grilled vegetables or potatoes. When you are finished, your guests will be talking about your food until the next BBQ time comes around.
Don’t Forget to the Fun
If you have kids at the BBQ, make sure that you have some way for them to have a little fun. A pool party BBQ or some backyard sports are good ideas that won’t have much added costs if you already have the equipment.
Adults are usually pleased with the conversation, but you can always add a little social alcohol and a deck of cards to bring out everyone’s fun side.
No matter what you decide to cook or what fun you choose for your guests, remember to keep everything light-hearted and relaxed. Just enjoy each other’s company and spending some time outdoors.