A backyard BBQ is the quintessential party of summer, but if you’ve never thrown one before, doing so can be a little intimidating. From getting the grilling right to making the perfect playlist, managing your first BBQ takes some work. Fortunately, we have the advice you need to make sure your backyard BBQ is a success. Here is what you need to know.
Do a Few Test Runs on Your Grill
At a backyard BBQ, the food that comes off the grill is the star of the show, so don’t make your party the first time you try your hand at grilling. If you have a new grill, don’t give it its first test run when your BBQ guests arrive. Decide what your menu will be, and do a few rehearsal meals with your family or a few friends before the night of the event. This is especially useful if you are cooking with a gas grill for the first time or if you’re used to grilling burgers and dogs but are switching to chicken and veggies for your party.
Set Your Guest List
BBQs are casual events, and you don’t need to send out formal invitations and reply cards. However, it’s a good idea to email or call your guests a few weeks in advance, since summer weekends fill up quickly. Be sure to let guests know if this is a family BBQ or an adults-only affair, so there isn’t any confusion.
Stock Up on Supplies
BBQs don’t call for your fine china but make sure you have plenty of plates, cutlery, and glasses on hand. Consider going eco-friendly and skipping paper plates and disposable cups and silverware for the real thing. Make sure you have ample seating—you can even invite guests to bring their own outdoor folding chairs if you think you won’t have enough places to sit down.
From the Big Green Egg to a gas grill for beginners, Friedmans Appliance has everything you need to host your first backyard BBQ. Stop by a showroom to check out our grills in Pleasant Hill, or contact us at (925) 808-2950 for more information.