Planning the Perfect Summer Barbecue


When summer rolls around, one of the very first things that individuals think about is planning a BBQ. They want to spend time with their friends and family out on their deck or in their backyard. They want to eat all of the delicious types of food that are typically associated with summer. They want to watch their kids run around, they want to enjoy the pool, or they want to enjoy other summertime activities. In order for you to have the best summer barbecue, planning is needed.

Planning for a summer barbecue is especially important if you are going to invite friends, family, coworkers, or other individuals to the barbecue. You want to make sure that they know when the barbecue will be and that they understand if they should bring something or not. Clear communication is extremely important, especially if you ask them to bring something that is particularly important for the overall meal. You don’t want the person who always arrives really late to bring the hamburger buns since these are important if you are going to make hamburgers.

Your summer barbecue may be something that is more like a potluck, or you may want to plan a complete menu. Some individuals decide to have every friend bring their own meat and then to bring some kind of salad or another side dish to share. This allows everyone to share the expense of the barbecue, and it also means that there is a little bit of variety. There are a lot of different ideas that you can play around with.

After you have invited everyone and the menu has been planned, you want to make sure that you have all of the tools and equipment that will be needed. It is likely that you already have a barbecue. Make sure that the grill grates are cleaned before lighting the fire. This is especially important if the barbecue has been stored since last summer or if you have recently had a barbecue and there is still stuff stuck on the grates. Make sure that you have lighter fluid, charcoal, and other things to get the fire going. You want the entire process to be as smooth as possible. It is also a good idea to have tongs and other tools to make the cooking process easy. The last thing you want to do is burn your fingers when you are trying to grill hot dogs using just a fork to get them off the grill.

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12 thoughts on “Planning the Perfect Summer Barbecue

  1. We love to BBQ…pretty much until it snows! My favorite are ribs…and chicken shish kebobs! And I’ve recently discovered that I LOVE grilled eggplant!

  2. You nailed it! Except a few things I always end up forgetting like the Tongs I still need to buy a pair. Yes I know its horrible LOL BUT a fork a worked almost great besides a few pieces of meat that have fallen on the ground. Hahaha

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