Every barbeque can and should be a fun gathering for friends and family. Here are 5 ideas for turning an ordinary barbeque into a memorable occasion.
Barbecues have been a fixture of North American life since Americans in the south began openly roasting pigs. Grilling has become a regular mealtime activity for many people, and for the most dedicated grillers, summer is marked by large barbecue parties. Even the most devoted barbecue enthusiasts don’t have to pick between a boring routine cookout or a huge backyard party. Every barbeque can and should be a fun event.
Here are 5 ideas for turning an ordinary barbeque into a memorable occasion:
1) In addition to hamburgers and hotdogs, you can cook bread, vegetables, and fruit over an open flame. You can make it a fun activity for your kids by cutting the food into creative shapes with a cookie cutter. It will be more memorable for the kids if they can help you choose a theme, such as animals, letters, or whatever their imagination can dream up! Then let them pick their favorite toppings, such as cheese or spices for the bread or cinnamon and honey for the fruit.
2.) Grilling foil-wrapped meals is a classic American summertime tradition. Fill a rectangular piece of tinfoil with various combinations of chicken, fish, vegetables, potatoes, sauces, and seasonings. To prevent the steam from escaping, completely wrap the food in tinfoil and fold the sides together. These take less than 20 minutes to prepare and provide delicious results with very little mess. For fun, you can mix and match the food inside the tinfoil, so your guests don’t know what they’re going to get until they open it! Before the barbecue, you can ask your guests for their favorite food combinations, or if you want to have even more fun, you can draw ingredient names from a hat to come up with unusual new meal ideas!
3) A little variety goes a long way, and now is a great time to try something other than burgers and hotdogs on the grill, such as pizza or fish. Similarly, experiment with different condiments and seasonings. If you want to impress your guests with amazing flavor, replace ketchup with salsa, or go online to find hundreds of simple recipes for barbecue rubs.
4) Barbecues don’t have to be rushed; in fact, many barbecue enthusiasts prefer slow cooking over low heat. Many slow-cooker recipes can be found online, and while you’re waiting for your juicy slow-cooked meal to finish cooking, you can spend more time with your guests! It’s a great time to entertain your guests with fun backyard activities. Playing games like backyard bowling or painting a picture on an outdoor canvas is a lot of fun for kids!
5) Glutton! Our parents always told us not to play with our food, but there are always exceptions! Playing games during a cookout is also a classic American tradition. They’re both entertaining and delicious! In the game Glutton, each player gets an equal amount of mashed potatoes, macaroni & cheese, or any other side dish. To play the game, fill a box with various kitchen utensils. Blindfolded, each player selects a utensil from the box. Then, it’s a contest to see who can eat their plate of food the fastest using the utensil they chose from the box.
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Finally, don’t stress! Far too many people get lost in the details of planning the perfect barbecue party and forget to enjoy the social atmosphere and delicious food. So sit back, relax in the sun, and get ready for a summer filled with unforgettable barbecues!
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