Summer Barbecue Tips

June 18, 2018

Summer is in full swing and that means it’s time to dust off your grills and remove the spiderwebs from underneath your propane tanks. It’s time to host that summer barbecue party you’ve been talking to your friends about. While it can be a lot of work and a little hectic, the end result is always worth the work. An outdoor party is an essential summer event that you don’t want to miss out on. Here at Tuscany, we fully embrace the BBQ smells and cool cocktails. We’ve created a little tips and todos about how you can pull off the best outdoor barbecue event of the year.

Summer Barbecue Tips

Potluck Style

Thinking of having a bunch of people over, but don’t think you have the time to cook everything yourself? Send out a group text or email letting people know to bring over their signature dish or side that. This gives people a chance to feel like they’re contributing to the party and allows you more free time to focus on setting everything up and overall keeping you from getting too stressed out. And you never know, someone may bring an incredible dish you’ve never had before and you can snag their secret recipe if they’re willing to divulge!

Easy Recipes, fun twist

People tend to overthink things, and this rings especially true when it comes to cooking. How many times have you sat down wondering what new dish to make, search online recipes, only to be overwhelmed by the amount of effort and culinary expertise it takes to make some of these dishes. We’ve all been there and a barbecue is more about friends and family coming together more than it is about highlighting your culinary chops. So our recommendation is taking a dish or grilling item that’s simple in theory (think ribs, steaks, chicken) and adding a fun twist to it. This could be as simple as marinating your chicken in a latin spiced rub or even adding crumbled cheese on your steaks. Simple and fun twists that don’t require that much effort can be a huge boost in flavor that will keep your guests coming back for seconds.

Pitcher Style Drinks

Making specialty drinks for the entire party can sound like a fun idea on paper, but in practice it requires you to become a full-time bartender for the whole party. While you may be hosting the barbecue, that doesn’t mean you have to be stuck behind the counter the entire day. Create large quantity pitcher drinks that you can prepare before the party starts. Something like a refreshing sangria or a liquor-infused cooler is a delicious way for guests to enjoy their drinks while freeing up your time to walk around and mingle with everyone.

Good Music = Good Mood

We’re not suggesting that you need to hire the next Kygo or household DJ, but having good background music can really set the tone and mood for the party. A great way to keep the vibes on point is to create a spotify playlist or simple search “barbecue playlist” or something similar to that. There’s bound to be great tunes that you can turn on and let soak up that background noise for a great ambiance.

Yard Games for Adults

Maybe you’re having an adults only barbecue, but still want some fun outdoor games to play. You don’t have to be a kid to still enjoy playing around outside. Games like cornhole, polish horseshoes, and plenty others are a fun and interactive way to keep people on their feet and engaging in a little friendly competition.

Delicious Desserts

A party isn’t complete without something sweet. Or, something like that. Regardless, everyone needs their sweet tooth satiated after chowing down on ribs and burgers all day. Making your own freeze pops can be a fun a refreshing way to cool down and curb that craving.

Choose a Theme

This one is definitely not necessary, but still can be a great way to keep people interested and engaged in the party. Everyone loves a good theme party, even if they’re not willing to admit it. So if you have the time or creativity, pick a fun theme that people can really get behind and enjoy. It’s that extra touch that might keep your guests talking about the party all year.

Decorate with Dedication

Piggybacking along the theme idea, decorating your backyard or public park area can be a fun way to spice things up as well. For a backyard if you plan on having the party go after the sun goes down, stringing up cool lighting is an inventing way to keep the lights on, literally, and ensure that you’re not trying to have conservations in pitch black.

When in Doubt, Plan it Out

This one might be fairly obvious, but planning your party out, at least food-wise, is a must-do. Trying to figure out what you want to do the day of the party is a stressful situation you don’t want or need if you plan accordingly. Give yourself at least a week to make sure you can complete you checklist and prepare for unexpected hiccups.

Sides aren’t Sidekicks

That potato salad you’ve been begrudgingly waiting to make isn’t to be forgotten! That world-famous queso dip you want to wow guests with needs to pop. Sides are often done in a rush or hastily, and the results are very disappointing. You can rest assured knowing that you’ve killed your sides with that extra punch. Don’t neglect your sides! Most people tend to eat more sides than they do the main dishes.

Plan for Leftovers

This is more of a personal preferences, but if you’re going through all that fuss and time to create a huge barbecue meal, you might as well make enough for leftovers. You never know, you might find yourself too busy or too full to eat a certain dish and be bummed out to realize it’s all gone. Plus, leftover sandwiches and meals leaves you less cooking to do days after you had the party.