Although beautiful, hot summer days are almost over, there are still numerous opportunities to soak in the last warm rays of sunshine with your family and friends. Instead of retreating to your house, you should use these sunny days to the fullest by inviting your loved ones to a grilling get-together. You can capture the spirit of summer with a delicious barbecue feast, but you better start planning it now because days are getting shorter and shorter.
Pick a spot
Let’s start with one of the basic decisions – choosing the location of your grilling get-together. If you have a spacious backyard perfect for summertime entertainment, you don’t have to worry about finding the perfect spot. However, if you want a change of scenery or feel that your backyard haven isn’t big enough for your outdoor party, you should research your other options. For instance, you can organise a grilling party at a park, a local campsite or by a nearby lake.
Set a date
Since most people have already been on vacation, they probably can’t take more time off work, so the best option is to host your grilling get-together over the weekend. Saturday can be the perfect choice because people don’t have to worry about staying up late and waking up early the next morning. Of course, you should check with your friends and family to see how this fits into their schedules. You can meet at the agreed location earlier in the day so that you can enjoy beautiful weather while you still can.
Check your grill
Your grill is the most important piece of equipment for this occasion, so make sure that it’s in excellent condition. If you haven’t used it during the summer, you definitely need to test it and remove any food remains. However, if you don’t have a grill or your old one isn’t functioning properly, you should consider buying a new one because it’s definitely something you’ll need in the future. You should find a versatile grill that will also be suitable for several BBQ styles. For instance, practical Napoleon grills can be used for a range of grilling styles, including North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky and others. This way, you’ll be able to host a true BBQ feast that everyone will savour.
Make a list
Hosting any event requires you to do a lot of planning, so it’s easy to forget something important. You don’t want to start your party only to realize that you haven’t made any dipping sauce for your BBQ. Fortunately, there’s a simple way to avoid this – write down everything you need. Not only will this make your planning stage easier, but it will also help you set up a budget and not exceed its limits. After listing everything you need to buy, you can allocate a certain amount of money to each category and try to stay within those limits.
Create a menu
The menu for your grilling event is just as important as the grill itself. So, take some time to plan it carefully. It should consist of appetizers, the main dish, side dishes and a dessert. When it comes to appetizers, potato chips, roasted peanuts, homemade pretzels and nachos are all great choices, especially if you pair them with savoury dips. As for the main dish, you can choose a specific BBQ style or prepare different types of meat. Burgers, hot dogs and sausages, steaks, chicken meat, kebabs and even fish are all delicious options. Of course, you should definitely serve a side dish or two that may come as a vegan alternative. Coleslaw is a great side dish because it’s versatile, so it can be served with any type of BBQ. Various types of salads, grilled veggies and even grilled sweet corn can also add unique flavors to your barbecue. You can also serve the meat along with different BBQ sauce types. Finally, when it comes to desserts, you have a range of options, including grilled fruit served with ice cream, different ice cream flavors or various pies.
Choose your drinks
Beer is the obvious choice for a grilling get-together, so make sure to cool it down in advance. You can also make your own signature cocktail if you want to try something different. However, make sure to serve some non-alcoholic beverages, such as lemonade, iced tea or flavored water. In addition, make sure to bring plenty of water, especially if it happens to be a really hot day. You should all stay hydrated throughout the day.
Prepare the venue
If you’re hosting a grilling get together in your own backyard, you can set up and decorate the venue a day before. However, if you’ve picked some other location, make sure to get there before everyone else to set up the grill, seating arrangements, sun umbrellas, etc. Of course, you don’t have to provide everything, but ask your friends to bring some pieces of equipment and help you out. You should also bring plenty of blankets, especially if you’re planning to stay a bit longer. Finally, you should also play some cheerful tunes that will keep everyone in a great mood.
A grilling get-together is a great opportunity to enjoy the last days of beautiful weather outside with your loved ones. So, start planning it right away!