Everyone loves a good summer BBQ, but hosting one can be stressful. Will there be too much food? Too little? When should you start cooking? Diving into the details can leave you feeling overwhelmed. For that reason, we’ve put together a few tips for keeping your backyard BBQ stress free and simple.
Keep drink options minimal
Have plenty of bottled water and soda. Beyond that, serve beer and simple cocktails (two ingredients max). Fill a pitcher or drink dispenser with spiked lemonade or margaritas for another easy option. Make things even easier and tell guests the event is BYOB.
Stock the grill area
Keep grilling tools, fuel, cooking spray, and serving platters near the grill for easy access. Don’t leave the grill master to manage everything alone—designate someone as the food runner to make sure each batch of food gets on and off the grill in a timely manner. If you’re using a charcoal grill, be sure to have three pounds of charcoal for every six guests.
Prep the garbage/recycling
Place garbage and recycling bins in easy-to-access locations along with extra garbage bags.
Send invites with a RSVP option
As casual as BBQs are, you’ll still want a head count and start time to understand how much food to grill up and when to start heating the grill. Simple electronic invites via Facebook or Evite will do the trick.
Lean on guests for appetizers and desserts
Most guests don’t want to show up to a party empty-handed, so don’t be afraid to let them lend a helping hand. Be sure to keep track of how many desserts and appetizers are spoken for so that you don’t end up with too many of one and not enough of the other.
Create spaces for conversation and recreation
Yard games, like corn hole and washers, are great for occupying both kids and adults while the food is being prepped. Move seating away from the grilling area so guests can converse without feeling crowded.
Consider smoking the meat
If you have the option, smoking the meat is an easy way to take some pressure off the grill master, plus it allows you to do even more prepping prior to guests’ arrival. Alternatively, you can roast a pork shoulder for some easy pulled-pork BBQ sandwiches.
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