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Whenever I’ve gone to my friends’ BBQs there’s always people getting irate about a lack of ketchup, there’s kids running into you at every corner and then there’s the grill guardian who doesn’t get to participate at all and just looks forlornly out at the rest of the guests through heaving smoke. Despite all that, I know that BBQs should be a wonderful summer pastime! So, we’ve made a BBQ checklist so you can host a wonderful, worry and stress free event:

Week before:

  • Work out when you want the BBQ to take place.
  • Plan the menu. Make sure to make exceptions for dietary needs such vegetarians or those with allergies.
  • Make a shopping list.
  • Make a guest list, and then make sure to invite everyone. Letting them know ahead of time makes it more likely for them to come.
  • If those you’ve invited include family and friends then see if you can distribute some of the work. It’ll be pretty easy for them to make salads or other side dishes so that you can pay full attention to the grill!
  • If children are coming perhaps you should get some games and small prizes to hand out. This will keep the kids entertained and away from the grill.
  • If you’re using a gas grill then check you have enough propane. Conversely, if you’re relying on a charcoal model then ensure there are enough coals.

Three days before:

  • Purchase any food and beverages you’re going to need.
  • If you’re planning to use them, now’s the time to pick up paper plates, plastic utensils, and napkins: anything like that.
  • Speaking of which, if you’re BBQ has a particular theme you may need to buy special decorations like banners, tablecloths, and even special foods.
  • Any foods that can be prepared and frozen ahead of time should be prepared now!

Day before:

  • Pick up or start freezing some ice for the BBQ.bbq checklist
  • Pick up any perishable or last minute items you’ll need.
  • Remember those condiments: mayo, ketchup, BBQ sauce of course!
  • Prepare any salads and store them.
  • Decorate any areas if necessary.
  • Thaw those items you froze three days ago.

Morning of:

  • Set out platters, utensils and most importantly BBQ tools you’ll need at the grill. This will prevent you having to leave the grill.
  • Wrap your vegetables in foil and remember that corn and potatoes should be on the grill an hour before the meat.
  • Place any games you’ve bought outside ready for the children
  • Set up the drinks table and fill a tub with the ice you bought/made yesterday.
  • Put a large trash container or two for your guests to throw their trash into.

When the BBQ starts:

  • Explain the games to any children present and let them know it’s important they stay away from the grill.
  • Ask your friends and family to partake in serving and cleaning up duties so you can stay near the grill.
  • Most importantly, have fun!

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About Siobhan Harmer

Siobhan Harmer is an English Freelance writer who drinks far too much coffee!!

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