The weather is warm, the sun is shining. That only means one thing: it’s backyard BBQ season baby! Grilling up delicious eats in your backyard has to be one of the best things about summer.
Mouthwatering smells fill the air and it always brings together family and friends. So the next time you get the gang together, check out this list of backyard BBQ tips to make sure the event goes off without a hitch!
1. Keep It Simple
Just because you’re hosting a backyard BBQ, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your backyard BBQ. After all, you’re putting so much effort into it, so why not enjoy it? The key is to keep things simple. Prep things beforehand so all you have to do is put things on the grill.
Also, try focusing on things that are ready for the grill like corn on the cob and hotdogs. These are things that people love to eat and it’s very easy to put together.
2. The Cupcake Tin
Cupcake tins can be used for more than making cupcakes. The little compartments make it perfect to put in multiple ingredients like toppings for burgers! Utilizing this cooking utensil will make clean up easier as there’s only one thing to clean. That’s always a plus in my books!
3. Have Themes
Themes make mundane repetitive events into fun, interesting ones. Since you’ll be having backyard BBQ’s all summer long, try a couple of themes out. A Canada day BBQ means you can get decked out in red and white and have matching decorations, themed desserts and drinks. Or perhaps a Hawaiian themed, with delicious pineapple topped burgers and fruity drinks. Go crazy, the sky is the limit!
4. Go International
Every country in the world seems to have its own style of barbequing, from India to Afghanistan, Brazil to Dubai. So, the next time you host a backyard BBQ, why not try out the BBQ cuisine from one of these countries. It’ll let you experience flavours from across the world and ensure you’re not eating similar tasting food every time. To adventure (in your backyard)!
5. Potluck It
Yes, even a simple backyard BBQ can be turned into a potluck. The host can be responsible for the actual grilling part but the guests can be encouraged to bring anything they please. Doing so will allow a wide variety of flavours to be present and will make the backyard BBQ even more interesting!
6. Snack It Up
Consider serving some snacks that are easy to put together at your next backyard BBQ. Items include chips and dip, frozen snacks and some delicious sweet treats. Doing so will keep people away from the grill and decrease the hungry complaints if you’re running a little behind.
7. Have A Drink Bar
On a hot summer day, cold drinks are very important. It’s important you have a nice stash of them for your next backyard BBQ. Also, try something different. Besides the regular soft drinks, try some homemade lemonade or even some refreshing cucumber water. Make it in large batches and have a dedicated drink table for all of your guests to enjoy.
8. Make It A Late Nighter
To take your backyard BBQ to the next step, consider adding fun little touches to your backyard like outdoor lights or a screen to make an outdoor movie theater. Just because the backyard BBQ might end sooner or later, it doesn’t mean the fun has to. Doing so will allow you to extend the fun late into the night!
9. Breakfast BBQ
Barbeque has to be one of the best branches of food out there but it usually means eating it for lunch, or later on. But why not go crazy and have a breakfast backyard BBQ? Sounds a little unorthodox but not undoable.
There are so many things that can be cooked on the barbeque for breakfast, like sausages and pancakes with the use of a pan. Cooking it on the barbeque will give it a different, smoky flavour, which isn’t something you’ll get when making breakfast in your kitchen.
10. Ditch The Grill
Yes, you read that right. Ditch the grill for a more extreme version of the backyard BBQ tradition; cooking things underground. This is a very common cooking technique in places all over the world but is usually reserved for cooking whole, larger animals, compared to the small pieces of meat cooked on the grill.
The food is delicious and the process is always fun to watch. But before you get started on your homemade, underground barbeque, make sure you take all the necessary safety precautions and have all the required tools.