12 Tips for Planning the Ultimate Backyard Barbecue
For a truly impressive backyard barbecue, you need the right tools and a great plan for a successful day out in your yard. Larger outdoor parties like these come with their own challenges, and since you’ll be spending lots of time in front of the grill, it’s important to prepare ahead of time. That’s why we’ve collected 12 of the best tips to make sure your grillout is fun, easy and delicious.
Use an Online Calculator for Food
Food is always one of the first considerations and thorniest problems for a big grillout. Fortunately we live in an incredible digital age with online BBQ planners that allow you to see just how much food – and what kind of food – you need. The linked planner allows you to calculate meals based on adults, children, number of vegetarians, and favored meats. It’s a great way to get some basic numbers to start working with.
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Plan Menus Early and Make a List of Ingredients
Find a Bluetooth Speaker
Plan for Outside Refrigeration
Set Up Trash Locations
For smaller parties, a single trash bag is suitable. For larger affairs, a series of trashcans around the yard is a better option. Make sure you include a recycling bin as well. The last thing you want is for guests to keep walking into your kitchen to dump things in the trash, or leave debris scattered across your yard for you to clean up.
Make Sure There is Enough Practical Seating
Set up several seating zones around your yard to make sure there is enough room for everyone. While some people will generally prefer to stand, patio seating and outdoor chairs are very important for others. Try to include a table or stand near every seating zone for people to place food and drinks.
Create a Menu for Guests
Organize Meat By How Done It Is
The easiest way to do this is to create three platters – Rare, Medium and Well Done. Label them and serve your cooked meats on the appropriate platters. Keep an eye on them, and adjust for the general tastes of the crowd. This is a great way to please guests and save a lot of time asking or answering questions about which steak is well-done.
Bring Food Out One Course at a Time, If Possible
Get Rid of Bugs with Repellents
Will the Party Go Into the Evening? Set Up Lights!
Never Forget the Games
Both adults and kids will need a selection of games to unwind with. Set up yard games like darts, croquette and cornhole, and remember to put out a few board games and decks of cards as well.
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