A Checklist for Your Barbecue
By Eric Vant
, last updated January 6, 2012
When the springtime hits, barbecue season officially starts, and you'll want a handy checklist in order to pull off the best possible barbecue. Barbecues are a timeless tradition and the perfect way to bring everyone together. Here is everything you need to know in order to host a memorable barbecue along with a few extra suggestions.
Hamburgers and hot dogs are a necessity at any barbecue, and they are in fact synonymous with barbecue. The best barbecues also offer variety. Some of the following are great options: Ribs, bratwurst, skewered shrimp, beef kebabs, and grilled chicken. Skirt or flank steak can also be an excellent addition. It is relatively cheap, and served in long, flat cuts that are very manageable to eat. You may also want to have a vegetarian option available. Veggie burgers are a great option.
If adults will be attending the barbecue and you intend to serve alcohol, beer and wine should be kept on ice. If you would like to go above and beyond, one of the most refreshing summer cocktails is a John Daly, which is a mixed drink of iced-tea, lemonade, and vodka. Margaritas are also a fan favorite that are made (and disappear) by the pitcher.
The sides can be what make or break the meal. Along with cole slaw and potato salad, grilled corn, peppers and onions, pasta salad, or a fresh vegetable and dip platter are great sides. If you want to get more creative, a delicious and unique appetizer is prosciutto-wrapped melon. It's also a great idea to lay out a platter of burger and hot dog dressings, such as lettuce, tomato slices, onion slices, bacon and cheese slices.
Dry Goods and Additional Items
Your barbecue will be a very complicated and messy event without the follow extra items. The best thing about these is that you can purchase them well in advance of the party and worry about the meats, beverages and sides later.
- Large buffet table and table cloth
- Forks, knives, spoons, plates, napkins, and glasses or plastic cups
- Hamburger and hot dog buns
- Serving utensils and platters
- Skewers, tongs, and cutting board
- Tin foil
- Condiments, such as barbecue sauce, ketchup, mustard, A1, and Tabasco
- Ice bucket
- Trash bin
Your barbecue is sure to be a success if you keep this checklist on hand!