How to Host a Quality BBQ
Hey guys, Blogger Chef here and it's starting to be that time of the year where people decide to put covers on top of pools and grills outside along with the leaves beginning fall off the trees. That is nature telling us summer is over and fall is beginning to start and soon comes the cold fronts and that’s when we will all start begging for summer to come back. Summer time is one of my favorite seasons of year because it's a time that allows people to be outside and do endless activities with friends and family. It a great time to get together and throw a BBQ outside and maybe go for a swim or a hike. For me personally, it's all about hosting a good BBQ with your friends and family. It's always awesome when you can get everybody together and enjoy a nice meal in the outdoors. Hosting a BBQ isn't difficult, but doing it right is another story. In this article, I will be teaching you how to host a quality BBQ with good food, drinks, and activities for your guests. It's important that you make sure to prepare ahead of time and be well stocked of anything you may need for the BBQ.
Let’s get started shall we with first on the menu being the supplies for the BBQ. To host a proper BBQ, you will need to make sure you have a grill or smoker of some sort to cook your food. IF you can have your choice of grill go with a charcoal grill because by doing so you can select flavored charcoal or wood to add a different dimension to your grilling. Once your grill is all sorted make sure you have all the proper grilling utensils, storage units, and coolers to hold drinks. Some important grilling utensils you may need will be a spatula, fork, a grill brush, tongs, and a handy thermometer to be safe. With these utensil’s you will avoid any injury while grilling, you will be able to clean your grill top properly, and avoid any foodborne illnesses. It’s also important to point out to store your cooked and uncooked in proper storage bins or containers. Now for your coolers, make sure you have options for your guest to enjoy in terms of beverages. I would recommend one cooler with adult beverages and another for juice, soda, and water. Don’t forget to ad ice to keep your drinks cold and properly sanitize the area where the grilling will be taking place.
The thing that makes a BBQ special and standout is when the food is spectacular. When you have good food then everyone will be happy at the BBQ and more than likely will want seconds to take home for lunch the next day. That’s how you know you did a great job on the grill and to do this it’s mainly about the types of meats available at the BBQ. Some great choices you choose form is chicken, hotdogs, steak, burgers, Mexican Chorizo, and ribs. These are all staples in many BBQ’s and with the right seasoning it can put them over the top. To properly season the meat’s, make sure to gather the food ahead of time and let it soak in all the flavors for a day or two. The difference will be noticed if you allow the meat to properly marinate. You will also need some veggies to grill such as potatoes, onions, asparagus, and peppers. Some nice complimentary dishes for the meat’s will be salads, coleslaw, and handmade tortillas if available. Don’t forget to properly temp. all the food before serving.
To host a quality BBQ, you also need to entertain your hosts with activities and conversations that everyone can get involved in. It's important to include everyone and always be attentive to your guests. For BBQ’s some fun activities include playing a friendly game of football, soccer, basketball, or any sport that’s possible and interests everyone. You can also have corn hole, water balloons for the kids, sack races, and either a pool or a sprinkler for those hot days. It's a fun time when the little kids are all running around getting wet by throwing water balloons and the adults are all having a friendly game of baseball or football. Just remember that there is a possibility that a few water balloon tosses will go array. At the end of the day it’s all about spending time together and enjoying each other’s company while eating some good food.
By putting all these three things together the supplies, food, and activities you can fully maximize your BBQ experience and make it a good one. It all starts with your supplies and making sure you have everything you need before the function starts. You don't want to be caught unprepared and must improvise or cancel and believe me no one wants that to happen. You need to go out and expect to need just about anything because at any given notice you may end up needing it. The most important part for a BBQ is the food and you should have a solid plan in place for the menu. Right it all out and plan to make sure everything gets cooked properly and on time. Create a schedule of what to cook first and what to cook last to maximize your grill time. Also, be prepared with activities for guests to pass the time. It'll be good to have an idea of what everyone likes and make an agenda off that. Select random teams to make it more interesting, but always play fair. In the end, a great BBQ always needs a great finish. I would recommend a fire pit for late night and making s'mores with everyone to enjoy.
Next time you throw your next BBQ take a quick look back at some important aspects required. It takes being prepared with supplies, food, and activities for guests to enjoy. Nothing beats spending a day outside with people you care about, so what are you waiting for.
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