How to host the ultimate Summer BBQ
The sun is shining, the forecast is great and the day is for resting. Enjoy the summer weekend by organizing a barbecue for your family and friends at home. Whether you have a balcony or a large garden, with a little preparation your BBQ will turn into a great outdoor party and your guests will look forward to the next invitation. This means one thing – you need to step up your grill game!
To prepare your grill quickly and easily, follow our tips to learn how to host the ultimate summer BBQ.
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Prepare the grill and the cooking space
Take out and clean your grill before your guests ring the doorbell. If you still do not have a barbecue, now is the time to invest to enjoy countless quick outings and outdoor dinners in the summer. Match its size and functionality to the number of people you will be cooking, your own experience and most importantly – your own cooking space.
If your grill will be situated in the garden, mow the grass and create a suitable space by cleaning the garden furniture. You can even make it even more comfortable with new pillows and blankets for the evening. Remove any umbrellas, hammocks and other garden accessories at your disposal to make the experience as comfortable as possible for your guests.
If you happen to have some spare time, you can decorate your backyard space with paper lanterns, candles, lights and flowers to create a more festive atmosphere.
Choose the food you will cook
One of the most important questions you should ask yourself should be what is going to be on your BBQ menu. There are many different kinds of foods you can put on the grill to make the party a “banger.” Some of the most common and all-time favorite BBQ foods are:
- Hot Dogs
When you host a summer BBQ party, your main goal should be to ensure every single one of your guests to go home happy and full of delicious food. In order to achieve this, you need to prepare different options for your guests.
Keep in mind that if you plan to turn the barbecue into an all-day party, prepare various appetizers in advance so as not to smooth the guests too much before lighting the barbecue.
Do not forget the drinks
Refreshing drinks are a must in the summer heat. It is best to avoid fizzy drinks and make homemade lemonade or iced tea. If you are going to serve alcohol, beer and white wines are the most suitable options. If you are an expert in cocktails, you can mix different types for your guests, and can even organize a workshop where everyone can learn a new trick and prepare their own cocktail. Do not forget to load the freezer with a lot of ice and take care of the smaller ones with fruit juices and sugar-free drinks.
If you happen to have a lot of food left after the end of the evening, put it in suitable reusable boxes. You can, later on, prepare new delicious dishes with it.
Provide entertainment for everyone
Play appropriate and unobtrusive music that will not disturb your neighbors. Choose suitable board games for adults and toys for the younger guests. Chess, checkers and cards are classics in the genre, but you can always experiment with new games that can be played with more guests.
Provide enough seats
You definitely do not have to coordinate a formal sit-down affair, but do be sure to provide plenty of seating space for your guests. Do not leave your guests standing around.
Do not forget the vegetables
Most barbecue lovers are indeed bloodthirsty carnivores. But, grilling can do wonders with vegetables if you use the right technique, of course. The main thing to remember when grilling vegetables is that they should be cut into very thin strips. Then throw them on the grill directly, without fat or spices. Once cooked, season them with a little olive oil and vinegar and you will get a great side dish.
Marinate, marinate, marinate
It is extremely important to incorporate a marinade to make a great barbecue. Yes, if you want to eat a steak quickly, you can go with just a little salt and pepper. But for a serious BBQ, you need something more. It is always best if the meat stays overnight in the marinade. The right combination of spices gives the meat a much more refined taste and aroma.
The best technique, in our opinion, is if you keep a little marinade for cooking. Apply it with a brush on the meat for a few minutes while grilling. This way it will stay juicier. And the fragrant coal smoke will be trapped between the meat and the thin glaze that will be obtained from the marinade.
Cleaning is as important as cooking
Always clean your grill thoroughly after use. First of all, when the grills are clean, the meat will not stick to the grill during the next cooking. Also, food tanning impairs the taste of the meat you cook. You can use a brush or clean it with a piece of aluminum foil. Whenever you start thinking that cleaning the barbecue is a tedious and sticky job, just remember how important it is!