By Drew Knight
May is here and with it comes beautiful weather and a multitude of opportunities to host a barbecue; that must be why they call it National Barbecue Month (we don’t know who “they” are, but “they” certainly call it that).
As a new or future homebuyer, you may be wondering how to host the perfect backyard barbecue in your new or future home.
Well, whether you’re a first-time barbecue host or a regular barbecue master, here are some tips on how to host the perfect backyard barbecue:
The Right Food
Without the food, it’s likely no one would even show up to your party, that’s why we’re beginning with the grub.
AskMen.com, a site designed to help you “become a better man” (not that women can’t host a great barbecue), suggests the following foods: coleslaw, salads, salad dressing, chips, crackers, raw veggies and dip for starters; burgers, hot dogs, chicken breast, salmon (“if you want to get fancy”) and corn.
And, if you want to stray from the norm, you can supply new items like pizza, lobster and vegetarian options like veggie burgers and dogs. And for condiments, no barbecue is complete without ketchup, mustard, relish, barbecue (obviously) and hot sauce, cheese slices, pickles, grilled red peppers and chopped onions.
Don’t forget the drinks and desserts! AskMen suggests supply water, soft drinks, beer and wine to “keep everyone happy.” For those guests with sweet tooths: pies and cakes, ice cream, fruit and cookies. They also note to make sure ice is always readily available — nothing bums out a barbecue like hot liquids.
The Right Gear
You can’t host a barbecue if you don’t have the supplies! GQ Magazine has five essential tips for gathering the right gear.
- Invest in a three-piece grilling set (a griller’s apron, a cookbook and grilling utensils at minimum) and borrow the carving set from your kitchen;
- Ditch the Dixie plates and invest in a new breed of disposable and compostable dinnerware;
- If you plan to entertain often, invest in a bar cart;
- Add some entertainment! Work up their appetites with a friendly game of badminton, bocce ball or croquet; and
- Keep it lit with a little outdoor lighting such as a few string lights, antique oil lamps or a tiki torch or two.
And, if you’re not quite sure on what type of grill to use, consult this handy guide from Epicurious on grilling essentials: http://bit.ly/1dY77US
The Right Host
No perfect backyard barbecue is complete without the perfect backyard barbecue host. RealSimple.com suggests four foolproof tricks for hosting this classic all-American party.
- Be smart during set-up.
Set up one table for food and drinks and one table for actual dining. Let guests serve themselves. Stack plates and silverware at each end to prevent traffic jams.
- Make easy look elegant.
If your party is casual, decorate subtly (i.e., with nothing but small pots of herbs).
- Reinvent the home bar.
For an easy bar, maybe don’t offer any drinks that call for ice cream or mixers. Set a colored tray with glasses, bottle openers and cloth napkins near the tub of beverages to catch spills.
- Prep for a perfect ending.
If you’re guests are having so much fun they don’t want to leave, drop a little hint by asking “What food can I send you home with?”
Drew Knight is a Digital Content Associate for New Home Source.