School’s out and summer is here! With the nicer weather and all your kids home from school, backyard barbecues are certainly on the rise. Whether you’re celebrating summer holidays, birthdays, or simply enjoying the sun, you’ll want to make sure you and your family are properly prepared for both planned and impromptu barbecues that may come up.
Here are the top 5 tips for making your backyard barbecue a huge success.
1. Take Care of Your Grill
Of course there would be no grilling if you don’t have a properly working grill. Be sure to take care of your grill by thoroughly cleaning it out after each barbecue in order for it to last as long as possible. If you own a gas grill, you’ll also want to make sure you safely take care of your propane tanks and refill them when your supply diminishes.
2. Keep You BBQ Tools Organized
When it comes time to barbecue, you’ll want all your tools to be in one standard location in order for you to easily keep track of them all. From your spatula, to your tongs, to your basting brushes, and any other utensils, be sure to make a dedicated space for your tools so each backyard barbecue can go as smoothly as possible.
3. Invest in Food Covers
As you begin to get grilling and place your delicious grub on the table, bugs may also become equally attracted to your food. By investing in some food covers you’ll be able to cook and prepare your meal outside while also protecting your food from insects before your family arrives to dig in.
4. Consider Drink Dispensers
If you’re looking to host a lot of backyard barbecues this season and are expecting a large amount of guests, you’ll also need to consider hydrating your guests properly. Getting large refillable drink dispensers can be an excellent idea. This way your friends and family can each pour their own drinks whether it’s some refreshing water, ice tea, or homemade lemonade.
5. What about Plates and Serving Trays?
When you’re making so much food, you’ll need to have a variety of different trays to display your different items. Think about everything you’ll be serving. Do you have a salad bowl? A tray for hot dogs? A platter for burgers? A different plate for vegetarian meals?
Then of course, you should also consider the plates, napkins, utensils, and cups you’ll offer to your guests. Instead of disposable items, consider plates and utensils that are compostable for a more environmentally friendly barbecue.